Last June, I was out at Book Expo in New York City. Many publishing houses host cocktail parties at their booths on Friday and Saturday night. I was standing outside one of those booths, cocktail in hand, chatting with a fellow agent that I had met before but didn’t know… MORE19 Comments
Getting It Right
Every once in a while, the world of publishing gets it just right and a gem of book renews my faith in the whole industry. In fact, I think we should all quit talking about the schmuck Frey and start talking about an author who deserves all kinds of great… MORE19 Comments
Since I’m on the topic of queries… I’ve noticed an interesting trend lately of writers utilizing spam prevention tools. Now that in itself isn’t bad. Goodness knows, I have two spam filters in place that save me from headache. Even with them, I still get ten or so emails a… MORE10 Comments
What’s In A Name?
When I attend writers’ conferences, I always want to drive home the message that publishing is first and foremost a business. When you write a novel, that’s art. Selling it and promoting it is sheer business. So, I always tell writers that the devil really is in the details and… MORE14 Comments
A Walk in the Woods
I’m actively looking to add to my client list for science fiction and fantasy. Subsequently, I’ve been reading a lot of sample pages in those genres. I’m noticing something in the first 30 pages I’m reading—what turns me off mainly. Now remember, rules are always made to be broken and… MORE26 Comments