Quick and gentle #PubTip: writers/agents, it absolutely helps to know about just-acquired or forthcoming titles that your book might join in a category, but please do not list them as the bulk of your comparative titles in proposals!
Anne Tibbets 🚀👻☠️🏰🏹🔪 @AnneTibbetsLOTS of writers in my DMs with small press offers who have a LOT of questions...
What you should ask first:
1) Do they have print distribution?
2) Do they have ebook distribution (besides Amazon)?
3) What are their royalty rates? What are their DISCOUNT royalty rates?
Some good questions to ask if you get an offer from a small press!
It can be so tempting to say YES to any offer but you can harm yourself and your book by not asking questions.
If you're pitching your book to lit agents, consider if there's a timely "hook." Always consider what's going on in the zeitgeist when submitting. It won't apply to every book but it is something to keep in mind. #pubtip, #publishing
Writers: It is never too early to start building your platform. More important than that, though, connect with other writers, support one another, cheer each other on. The community you build today will lift you up tomorrow. #pubtip #amwriting
"Revise and revise and then polish until that bastard gleams. Then find an agent who suits your work. It's like dating, you want to pick the person who is a right fit for you and your work." - Lauren Beukes #writingtips #pubtip
Grouchy #pubtip: I don't think there's an agent on Earth whose submissions policy is "please cold call and leave a voice message if we don't pick up." The reason Neon doesn't have an office phone # is not so that submitters can prove their hustle by finding our nonpublic cells!
Bethany C. Morrow @BCMorrowFriendly reminder: if you're tweeting in support, it's always a capital B.
#Pubtip: since it’s non-standard (for now), make sure your publisher knows in advance to keep “Black” capitalized in copyediting. This came up as an issue on a book I rep.
So I don't know if this is useful, or like "Why is she telling us?" but today I started editing a new client's manuscript (hi @actualgina!) and it made me think about the different ways I, as an agent, read material. Maybe it will be helpful? Or ignore me. It's cool. #pubtip
Hi! I just wrote an email to a prospective author about an understandable tactical error this person had made in the querying process. Because it's important that other authors not inadvertently make the same mistake, I'm going to share it here as a #pubtip.
If you were supposed to meet with an agent and it's been canceled because of <all this> and you think all is lost and you'll never get an agent now, well, you're wrong. Here's why: katemckean.substack.com/p/meeting-agen…
#literaryagents #WritingCommunity #pubtip #AskAgent
Some of my publishing colleagues are losing their jobs, or being furloughed or suspended, salaries cut. Writers, before you send that query, ask yourself: is now the best time? It may be...but then it may not. Think before you send. #pubtip
Publishing is in turmoil right now. Staff cuts, pay cuts, furloughs of staff, postponed shipments, closed bookstores. I am focusing on the most timely projects and urgent concerns of our clients. Calibrate your communications to the times we are in. Patience & courage! #pubtip
For authors who are thinking of submitting new work. Make sure it's truly ready. Is is relevant to this moment? Context matters. Publishers are working from home, some are furloughed or have been cut from their jobs. Most bookstores are closed. Think before you send. #pubtip