The Key Book Publishing Paths: 2023–2024
Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? This infographic will help you determine the best choice for you and your project.
Writing and Publishing Horror: Q&A with Todd Keisling
The horror author shares what scares him, the authors who taught him the most about the genre, crowdfunding, trigger warnings, and more.
On Multi-Genre Publishing: Q&A with Hybrid Author Catherine Stine
In this interview, she discusses writing to trends, the limits of writing what you know, taking the time to discover your identity as an author, and more.
How to Evaluate Small Publishers—Plus Digital-Only Presses and Hybrids
As the publishing industry has transformed in the digital age, small press activity has proliferated. Here's how authors can evaluate their offerings.
How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book
A step-by-step guide to finding literary agents, plus how to select the right agent for you and your work.
5 On: Dario Ciriello
Author Dario Ciriello talks about breaking writing rules, what publishing other writers taught him about the business, and how little he as a writer cares about what other writers think.
How to Pitch Agents at a Writers Conference
Pitching agents at a writers conference can be a difficult task for the new writer. Here's how to make it a little easier on yourself.
How to Get Your Book Distributed: What Self-Published Authors Need to Know
The most important thing any author needs to know about book distribution is that more than half of all book sales (regardless of format) take place online.
What the Industry Is Talking About: Best Takeaways for Authors From Digital Book World
My industry newsletter for authors, The Hot Sheet, released a special (and free) issue last week with original reporting from Digital Book World.
Should You Submit Your Work to Agents or Editors?
Is it better to look for a literary agent first, or to approach editors and publishers? Much depends on the commercial potential of your work.
Building a Platform to Land a Book Deal: Why It Often Fails
If you're preparing to pitch your nonfiction work to agents or publishers, you may have heard about the necessity of platform. What if you don't have one?
Negotiating Editorial Control in Publishing Contracts
Today’s guest post is from writer and Sidebar Saturdays blogger Matt Knight (@mattknightbooks). One of many worrisome areas for writers
Should You Hire a Professional Editor?
But being able to truly see if you’ve been successful in writing a compelling work requires objectivity and distance than can be hard to achieve on your own—and this is where a professional editor comes in.
3 Things Your Traditional Publisher Is Unlikely to Do
The No. 1 disappointment of published authors is the lack of marketing support from their publisher. Here's how to prepare for what will—and won't—happen.
Traditional Publishing: What’s It Good For?
No one used to question the value of a publisher, but now everyone's wondering: What are they good for?
The Self-Publishing Checklist: Editorial, Production, and Distribution
This printable and interactive checklist guides your self-publishing project to completion, to ensure you don't miss any important steps and to help you hit your target pub date.
5 Industry Issues for Authors to Watch in 2016
The most important publishing industry headlines and stories that every writer should keep an eye on in 2016.
It’s Here! My Great Course on How to Publish Your Book
I am thrilled to announce that my 24-lecture series on how to publish your book is now available from The Great Courses.
5 Observations on the Evolution of Author Business Models
As publishing becomes increasingly digital-driven, how are the business models for authorship changing?
The Book P&L: How Publishers Make Decisions About What to Publish
Publishers use a P&L (profit & loss) statement to determine whether a book makes financial sense to publish. Here's how they work—plus an example form.
My Experience Working with Amazon Publishing
Author Carol Bodensteiner answers the seven questions she gets most about working with Amazon Publishing.
Getting an Anthology Published: Q&A with Margaret McMullan
Publishers rarely see any money in anthologies and frequently reject them. But one author was still able to find a home for her project.
Do You Love Your Publisher: Author Survey Results
Last month, author Harry Bingham and I launched an author survey to explore the experiences and current leanings of traditionally published authors in the
Publishing With a Small Press: Straddling the Indie-Traditional Gap
Working with a small press is an option many authors never consider. It’s the shadowy middle ground between self-pub and a Big Five contract.
The Status of the Children’s Book Market: Digital Book World, Day 1
Nielsen offers fascinating insights into how the children's market is driving growth in the overall publishing industry.
Updated & Expanded: How to Get Your Book Published
I've revisited my No. 1 post on how to get published—adding more advice and instruction.
Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Successful Author?
At conferences, I'm often asked by writers if they "have what it takes" to be a successful writer. I usually interpret that question as: "Do I have talent?"
What Is a Developmental Editor and What Can You Expect?
Today's guest post is excerpted from Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro by Katherine