Do I need an agent? What do they do? How do you get one? Are they expensive? Jan Fields answers all these questions and more as you search for an agent.
Use ICL Market Guides as a launching point for your research—find a variety of publishers, what they publish, and their websites for further market research.
Learning how to write a synopsis of your manuscript can be one of the most intimidating steps of submitting your work—but it’s also one of the most important.
Submissions take a lot of courage. In this post, we discuss how to use the skills you learn in writing your book to create targeted submissions.
Online submissions are becoming an industry standard. Let’s explore how Submittable and Query Tracker work and how writers can take advantage of them.
Create a checklist of these 10 tips and review it before you submit your writing. Your submission will be stronger and, more likely successful, as a result.
You finished writing your book. Yay! Now what? Jan Fields helps you make a plan for when you finish the book. You might be surprised at what comes next.
Personal essay writing offers endless opportunities for personal expression and publication. Find out how to write a personal essay that gets noticed.
Karen Hammond talks about how to write a short story. Let’s look at some of the elements making up a short story that will attract an editor’s eye.
Trade publishing recognizes a simple truth: when selling a series to individual readers, the first book gets the most readers. Jan Fields shares tips for increasing your series odds.
What’s (Going to Be) Happening? Victoria Sherrow helps us plan ahead for timely submissions.
Most publishers (including both book and magazines) produce some holiday pieces each year. Here’s what you need to know to take advantage of these opportunities.
244: An Interview with Hannah Holt
May 21, 2021
Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter We teach our students how to write and get published! View our Course Catalog > April 2021 is almost over and many writers are feeling a little discombobulated. The past year has been challenging, but change is coming, and we have questions. Should we start sending out…
240: How Entering Contests Helps You
April 9, 2021
Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter We teach our students how to write and get published! View our Course Catalog > When people think of writing, they might picture themselves with their hands eagerly curled over the keyboard waiting for inspiration to strike. Then, once the frenzy of inspiration has passed, they hit…
232: Interview with Talia Benamy
February 12, 2021
Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter We teach our students how to write and get published! View our Course Catalog > The vast majority of submissions you will make during your publishing career will include a letter. If the letter travels on its own, it is a query letter and must carry a…
231: Things That Make Editors Cringe
January 22, 2021
Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter We teach our students how to write and get published! View our Course Catalog > Not all publishers ask for the same things during the submissions process, and sometimes the listed requirements for a submission or a proposal can be confusing. After all, surely all they really…