Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Publishing Around the Web

Welcome to Wednesday's first edition of Publishing Around the Web, where we bring you selected tips from publishing industry pros scattered online. We hope you'll find them useful!

On Writing —

As writers, we are all aware of the importance of that critical first line. Former agent Nathan Bransford advises us to incorporate that great first line into the story:
    In order for a pithy or clever first line to work for me, the most important thing is that it fits naturally into the flow of the opening. It's not a non sequitor, it's not out of step with what the main character is thinking or feeling at that moment, it doesn't just exist for the sake of being clever, it doesn't feel forced...

Do you write in first person? Agent Mary Kole warns against third person-style narration in first person:
    Imagine you’re telling an anecdote to your friends. You’ve got them wrapped around your finger as you’re describing a scene, say, the last time you were thrown a surprise party. Do you say, about yourself, “My gaze shifted to the corner and my mouth dropped open to discover Uncle Eddie wearing a party hat”?

Agent Natalie Fischer weighs on the differences between Adult and YA:
    What determines YA is VOICE.

On Querying & Agents —

Agent Mary Kole also gives us, from her boss, the best query quote/advice ever:
    A query letter is like the perfect skirt: long enough to cover everything but short enough to be exciting.

Agent Rachelle Gardner has a excellent series of Myth Busting about getting published, agents, and marketing & more!
    And the biggest myth of all: "Becoming a published author is a pipe-dream that will never come true."

On Publishing —

It's always a good thing to know about your book's rights -- and agent Sarah Davies gives us a great >seminar on rights:
    When I look at a book, I see two things. 1) A story that is also a work of art. 2) A bundle of very diverse rights.

With the increasingly larger e-book market, former agent Nathan Bransford expounds on why some e-books cost more than hardcovers:
    But the biggest problem, as that Reddit discussion illustrates, is that it creates a great deal of consumer confusion and angst. It doesn't make any intuitive sense for e-books to cost more than paper.

Also, the prompt for this week's Friday Flash Fiction is: In 300 words or less, write a story beginning with the cliche, "Another one bites the dust."

I hope you'll all join us this Friday. Happy writing!



Remilda Graystone said...

Thanks for the links, Emy!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Great post - I love finding tips like this all lumped together. It saves so much time:)

Jen Daiker said...

I love how they described the query letter. It made me chuckle but it was RIGHT ON THE MONEY!

Marquita Hockaday said...

Very nice tips--I read that quote from Nathan Bransford about first lines and it made me re-evaluate my own first lines. The query letter line about skirts is GENIUS! Thanks for these, Emy :D

Holly Dodson said...

Excellent post, Emy! These are really great tips and articles!

Alicia Gregoire said...

How did I miss this query letter quote?

blueeyedadri said...

Thanks Emy, You got me thinking about the Third person narrative, thanks. I need to make sure i don't do that!

Michael L. Martin Jr. said...

Thanks for the links Emy. Some of these I had missed.

Hannah said...

Fantastic tips, Emy! Love the query letter quote :)

Pam Harris said...

Great links, Emy! :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Terrific links - thank you! There's so much good advice to be had :)

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Emy Shin said...

Thanks, everybody! I'm glad these links are useful. And re: the query letter quote -- I was grinning for a while after reading it. Both hilarious and oh-so-true.