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After the Editorial Letter: a peek at pass pages and beyond

A while back I pulled aside the publishing curtain to discuss the process of revising under contract. That “After the Editorial Letter” post ended with Step 4, Copy Edits, or, as I like to call it, The last step where your book still looks like a word doc. Today we’ll take a peek at what happens next… STEP FIVE: First Pass Pages This is the first time the book will actually look bookish. The author […]


After the editorial letter: The editor’s perspective

Authors: I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You know how nervous you are when you receive the email with your editorial letter attached? Your editor is nervous, too! When I sign up a book or series, it’s because I love it. It may need work, but I believe the book should exist in the world. Of course, I’ll usually have notes and comments on things that can make the book even […]


Book Events from an Author’s Perspective

There are a lot of things people associate with being a writer, but to be honest, when I was just starting out, I didn’t think much at all about book events. It wasn’t until much later in the game, after I was agented, that I started paying attention to which authors might be coming in my area, and what these kind of events were like. I don’t know about you, but to me, the writers […]


Guest Post: Working With Two Editors

When I found out I’d be working with two editors simultaneously—one in the US and the other in the UK—I’ll admit I was a little freaked out. I went looking for a YouTube clip to illustrate my level of freakoutedness (totally a word) and I came up with this montage of Nicholas Cage losing his mind. Please note: I was nowhere near this bad. I don’t ever recall running down the street screaming “I’m a […]


After The First Book Doesn’t Sign or Sell

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions: What if this book doesn’t land me an agent? Worse, what if I do sign with someone, but then the book never sells? How can I give up this amazing story? I’ve been with this book so long it’s like my kid! Will my agent drop me if I don’t sell? Am I going to be the biggest failure ever if this book isn’t a success? […]