Nicole Fischer @nicolefischer13 · 1d

On Sale Date: the big day! The one that matters to authors/readers. The actual day the book is live and available to purchase! 🥳 🥂

This is the date the public thinks of as "pub date" or "release date" etc, but in-house we call it "on sale date" to be crystal clear.


Nicole Fischer @nicolefischer13 · 1d

Release Date: somewhat ambiguous but essentially the day books can be "released" from the warehouse and shipped to stores and/or the day digital files are sent to online distributors/retailers.

I think. It's behind the scenes stuff. *shrug*


Nicole Fischer @nicolefischer13 · 1d

Pub Date: a general publication MONTH.

Ex: we call it a "February pub" and the date is 2/1/20. You may see 2/20 on an ARC etc. This is how we organize titles for our seasonal schedules. It is not the actual day a book is on sale. It's often not a Tuesday!

Confusing! #pubtip

Nicole Fischer @nicolefischer13 · 1d

#PSA to the book world! Some publishers (like HarperCollins) have 3 key terms & dates re: the publication of a book.

Pub Date. Release Date. On Sale Date.

The public uses them interchangeably but they mean different things to us. A random (but useful?) thread! #pubtip

Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproul · 1d

Here is a #pubtip I wish those of us who write and sell nonfiction were better at communicating--to ourselves, to others, and especially to new authors:

Quality nonfiction does not develop on an assembly line. It develops organically and ambiguously, in lurches and recursions.

Adria Goetz @adriamgoetz · 1d

When I teach query letter workshops I like to encourage writers to take a moment, right before they nervously click send on their email, to imagine that the agent they’re querying is sitting on a couch in sweats with a cat curled up on their lap. #querytip

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein · 1d

Samantha Wekstein @SWekstein

Let's talk about titles! For a query titles don't matter much, so don't stress. Titles often change multiple times before publication. However! Titles should be catchy! They should say something about your book.They should not include unrecognizable, made up words. #querytip

There are obviously some exceptions to that last one. They should not be so long that we can't remember them! They should not have subtitles unless they are nonfiction. Look at current popular titles in your genre and try to emulate the style. #querytip

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · 1d

Please indicate whether you're querying with a fiction or nonfiction project. It's not always obvious. Thank you. #pubtip #amquerying

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · 1d

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit

3) Turn in individual chapters as you finish them. Not preferred unless super crunched on time since editors need several chapter for perspective.

There are many variations. Best to agree upfront how you & your editor will work together. Editors usually work on several projects at a time so need to plan when a mss is coming in for editing. #pubtip #amediting

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · 1d

2) Write & turn in a chunk of the mss (3-4 chapters, half of mss) to make sure you’re on the right track & get feedback from editor before finishing mss.

Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlit · 1d

Someone asked the best way to edit a manuscript with your editor. Options:
1) Write whole thing, turn it in, editor gives you edits in a long editorial letter and/or line edits, you address those edits. Repeat as necessary.

Jessica Faust @BookEndsJessica · 2d

Authors did you know that Query Tracker automatically updates an agent's genres anytime an agent makes changes to their Query Manager--even before they announce it? I can't recommend Query Tracker enough. #querytip

Ali Herring @HerringAli · 2d

Subbing to editors AND querying agents is a lot like fishing! Fishing with the right kind of bait is key (the high-quality stuff, ie great writing) and of course making sure you have lots of good hooks (in your writing)! Next, you have to learn how to cast (or query) #querytip #1

Katie Shea Boutillier 🦈 @AgentShea · 3d

This year, I want stories with depth. Complex, complicated, emotional depth. Storytelling is the core of our human existence. Bring me a story to prove this. #amquerying #querytip #MSWL

Hannah VanVels @hannahvanvels · 3d

#querytip Know your comparable titles. When I see that you can't think of any books like yours, it makes me think you don't understand how your book fits into the market. This is a red flag.

Julianna Haubner @jhaubner2 · 3d

A small Monday #pubtip/plea: authors, I know that when you finish your manuscript, you’re exhausted and the small stuff can slip. I understand—making a book takes up a lot of your brain! But *please* make sure your chapters are properly numbered before you submit your draft!!

Genevieve Gagne-Hawes @genevievejude · 4d

If you're querying an agent you've previously interacted with in any depth (read a partial; read a full) w/a new project, acknowledging that history is a nice touch -- if they liked enough to request before, it's only a good thing. #querytip

Stacey Donaghy @DonaghyLiterary · 4d

Now that I’m open to queries again. A quick reminder to review agency submission guidelines if you are not clear on where to send your query. #querytip #mswl #amquerying