For those interested in a career in publishing: “Learning to work at a job takes a lot... It’s an understanding of the corporate environment, learning how to effectively communicate, and seeing what you can do to stand out, while fitting in.” #PubTip bookendsliterary.com/2019/05/22/sec…
A thing I like to post on here periodically is that I don’t accept Facebook or Instagram requests from people I don’t know! And #pubtip: they’re not great ways to handshake network with an agent. Most of us (not all, but most) think of these as personal space.
Chelsea Eberly @chelseberly14) Lots of great breakdowns on financial literacy. Read your contract and ask questions--that's why you have an agent. Your editor is not expecting money management questions and will not pre-emptively give advice either. Walk through the contract with your agent. #EberlyAdvice
This is super important.
Agents work for writers. Editors work for publishing houses.
Editors will be fierce advocates for your work, but *you* have to be a fierce advocate for your own financial literacy. #pubtip
Random unasked for observation: I’ve left the door open for quite a few authors lately to revise and resubmit. Honestly a lot of close-but-not-there-yet submissions. I always read hoping it’ll be great—maybe a push will help one of these books make that leap. #pubtip #amagenting
Tor Teen @torteen"You turn eighteen, and they find you."
Start reading @spricewrites's thrilling debut, #AThousandFires, now! torteenblog.com/2019/09/16/rea…
I’ve loved this book since the first time I read it. Now you can take a peek at what snagged me from the first page. #pubtip
Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproulI am much more comfortable now offering notes like “this whole chapter lacks zazz” and “make more good!!!”. Also telling people that if they’re saying “just tell me what to do!” about a book concept, maybe it’s not the right book for them or the right time to be writing books.
In #pubtip sum: my ideal relationship is with an author comfortable with the equality of the power dynamic and unthreatened by ambiguity. Now to go embroider that on a throw pillow
Anna Sproul-Latimer @annasproulOf course, you've got to have the perception and emotional intelligence (or narcissism! That works sometimes too!) to understand how to create thunderclaps for other people. But that's different than trying to give people "what they want" based on what they're guessing they want.
TL DR: "electability" is BS and this is also a #pubtip
I’ve been thinking a lot about how and when I read submissions. Especially since having kids and being generally useless after they go to bed. Mostly I think I want to dispel the myth of a single-sitting-speed-read being the only sign of a win. #amagenting #pubtip
Don't write for a trend. The market is constantly changing and those stories being sold likely have been in the works for years.
Write the story you need to tell and the story you can't get out of your head.
L’Oreal Thompson Payton @LTintheCityUpdating the comps list (comparative releases) for my book proposal and reminding myself that there's room for all of us, there's room for all of us, there's room for all of us...
Other successful books are not a threat. With comps, a good-selling title lifts all boats by proving the readership for the topic. #pubtip
#Pubtip for my #amwriting #kidlit folks: try reading adult novels with child protagonists! It'll cement the difference between what's a kids' book and what's an adult book about a kid. Sometimes people think they're writing one when it's really the other!