Pub Rants

A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry

The Pesky Scene Break

Last month I did my ever-popular webinar Creating the Road Map for Your Novel. Of the ten participants, half had trouble with a powerful writing tool called the scene break. Now, scene breaks are awesome—unless they are overused or not used for maximum impact. Why do writers use scene breaks? During the webinar, we came up with several reasons: To signal […]

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If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Is

As I was reading Digital Book World‘s daily email blast, I came across a press release in the form of an article called Writer’s Digest Inks Deal with Book Baby. It was about a new self-publishing imprint called Blue Ash Publishing. What struck me was this bullet point: 100% Net Earnings on all sales: Blue Ash Publishing takes no commission […]

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Worth The Conference Registration Cost

Last month I gave a webinar on how Digital is rapidly transforming publishing. I love giving this workshop at conferences every chance I get because most writers are completely confused by the stories that are making today’s headlines and how that impacts writers. It’s my chance to really explain all that is going on. Attendees […]

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AMAZON vs HACHETTE – In the Ring!

UPDATED 7-9-2014 The fight continues. Amazon proposes paying authors 100% of the royalties as the dispute continues. Click here for NYT Article. Authors Guild says Amazon’s intention is to pit authors against their publisher. Amazon Proposal Rankles Hachette and Authors. Almost better than an episode of Dynasty!   Original Post: In one corner, we have […]

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