Carlos Lozada @CarlosLozadaWPYes it’s unfair but I’m often skeptical of books with subtitle that begin “A Meditation on...” or “Reflections on...” or “Notes on...”
It feels like a warning sign that the book does not come together into a cohesive whole.
Book titles are tricky! Think what you want to signal (literary, prescriptive). Is it searchable? (1 word titles are hard to google.) Look to comp titles as a guide. #pubtip
My advice if you’re working on a nonfiction book proposal and struggling with the overview: write how you got interested in the topic. What pulled you in? What made you want to write a book about it? Tell your origin story. #pubtip
SamanthaDunn @SamanthaDunn@MichelleRafter Exactly right. That's what a pro does. Missing an initial deadline isn't usually life-or-death in my magazine world, but communicating progress and setting expectations is vital.
With books, confer with your agent in advance about missing a deadline. Usually ok as long you keep the editor informed. But since most contracts allow the publisher to cancel if you miss your due date, your agent can read the tea leaves and advise. #pubtip
Donyae Coles @okoknoYou literally do not have to write slurs regardless of the time period of your novel or whatever. You are free from that false obligation. You can replace every slur with "them people, their kind, those others." There, done. You are free.
quick #querytip: you don't need to withdraw you query for typos
if you're revising your query or pages? sure!
but i pinky promise, a typo or two, or misspelling my name, even addressing to the wrong agent, is NOT going to make me reject your query. deep breaths! ❤️
Samantha Wekstein @SWeksteinI don't love when people send me submissions that acknowledge they've gone against my wishlist, but ask that I consider them as an exception. Look for an agent who's wild about your projects! There are lots of different preferences out there. Please don't waste anyone's time.
#querytip: When sending a requested full or partial, please name the file something easily identifiable such as TITLE/lastname/full/date, and resist sending it as mycopyFINALv3.
It's too easy to get lost in the shuffle with no title or name on my ereader.
Don't be shuffled.
#Pubtip Sharing my B-LIST system for sorting people & orgs that can help w/ book sales & promo. Check all that apply for each name:
-BLURB the book
-BOOST the book
-BULK BUY the book
Authors: create this list 6+ mo before pub & share with publisher.
Lynn Jones Johnston @lynnjohnstonlitPlus italicizing “foreign” words makes little sense in the age of google. Readers can look up words they don’t know without gatekeeping by the author. #grammar
If you want specific grammar rules applied to your ms that deviate from Chicago MOS (commonly used by book publishers) state it clearly before it goes to copy editing. #pubtip
Samantha Wekstein @SWeksteinI opened to queries on Sunday around 1:30pm, and it's now only Wednesday and I have received 172 queries in that time. I'm stoked to have so many possibilities in my inbox, but also ya'll are trying to kill me lol. pic.twitter.com/dtg5NWp2Cg