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August 2014
A Message from Kristin Nelson

There Is Only The Right Path For You

Kristin Nelson

I love the Romance Writers of America National Convention! I love the energy and the excitement on display in the workshops, in the bar, and at the RITA awards. Authors and publishers are excited about romance–and why not? It’s a billion-dollar-plus industry with a growing market share every year.

But I do worry about the growing sense of division between romance authors who traditionally publish and romance authors who have decided to indie publish–like a decision has to be made about which side you are on.

My answer to that is simple. There are no sides. Choose the path that’s right for you and for that moment in your career.

If you choose to stay with your traditional publisher because you are happy there, that decision is okay.

If you decide that after you complete the last book in your contract, you’ll go the indie route, that decision is okay.

If you decide you want to be a hybrid author and have the best of both worlds – by having one toe in traditional publishing and one toe in Indie publishing – that decision is okay.

In fact, most hybrid authors would say that is the best decision to maximize your publishing career!

Note: Want to find out more info about hybrid publishing and how the digital revolution is transforming the publishing industry? Click here for a download recording of Agent Kristin talking about just that. 

Pub Rants University

Creating the Road Map for Your Novel – 2014-08-21

Previously named "Think Like an Agent"

Thursday, August 21 at 6:00-8:30 PM MT

This Webinar intensive brought to you by NLA Digital.

Class Limit: 10 (only for writers who are serious about their careers, please. If you have already attended this workshop, you cannot attend again unless you have a new manuscript to submit.)

Requirement: Attendees must use a phone for audio to call in and actively participate.

Please note: This Webinar is primarily a workshop and does not constitute a manuscript submission for representation consideration. Also, only fiction submissions will qualify for this Webinar.

Writers view their work as art or as an expression of themselves. In that sense, writing can be very personal. An agent, however, doesn’t have that emotional connection to the work. We see a novel as a product to be sold.

Authors who write with a passion but think like an agent/business person are ten times more likely to have success with writing as a career. This Webinar is designed to help you create that bridge from the creative right side of your brain to the business-savvy left side of your brain.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Market viability – Agents see good writing all the time in projects we can’t sell. What role does the market play in being able to sell your work? Editor or Agent-speak translated: what does “too quiet” or “not commercial enough” mean and does it apply to your project? What are all the other catch phrases that are often used when agents/editors give writers feedback? Do you have a novel idea (pun intended) or should you shelve it instead?
  • How To Realistically Evaluate Your Own Work – Tips and strategies on how to create the distance needed to read your own writing dispassionately. Creating the road map for your novel. Elements of good critique groups or partners that can be invaluable to your success.
  • Is Your Manuscript Ready? Each participant is required to submit the first 30 pages of his/her novel. (Please, no non-fiction submissions.) All attendees are required to read each other’s work for comment and discussion. We’ll decide if your writing is market ready and if it’s not, discuss why so you can take the next step to make it so.


  • Kristin will be on video as well as audio.
  • Attendees are welcome to ask questions during the presentation.
  • Attendees will have access to the recorded video of the presentation for six months.


Who should attend?


  • Who are serious about writing as a career
  • Who want to be publishing biz and agent savvy
  • Who like to be more informed.
Register Now

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Free at most venues ...

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