For Authors

This page is devoted to author news. Links, publishing information, words of wisdom, and self-publishing tips:)

The Alliance of Independent Authors have a website that authors can join to get information about self-publishing from other indie authors. Authors can also learn about the latest developments in the publishing industry.

Not all publishers are the same. Remember to do as much research as you can. The manuscript you have created is just the beginning of your journey.

Research query letters!!!!

Agents and publishers get many, many manuscripts. An informative, interesting, and brief (BRIEF) letter to wet an agents appetite is a must. If you follow authors online, check their websites or Facebook pages. They will often have author help sections that deal with query letters they have written, and other interesting facts about writing and publishing. As far as information that publishers want to see in that letter, different publishers require different things. Check the publisher’s website. A lot of them want a novel with a word count between 70,000 and 80,000.

If an agent is interested in your manuscript—because you have sent an AWESOME and catchy query letter—make sure you have an equally awesome and catchy beginning (Hook) to the story. Agents do not have time to read through the first few chapters of each offering they receive, if they are not hooked by the first page or so it will most likely go into the reject pile.

NEW STUFF:)

Join writing groups. There are so many out there!! Local libraries often have a group of amateur writers who meet to support each other and learn from each other. Others have an online presence, and are all over the country. You will also find some copy editors who have joined author sites. A lot of editors also write and they often offer reduced prices for their copy editing and editing expertise, to help beginning writers.

I will add to this page for authors as often as I can. Please check back:)

Publishers and Literary Agencies often have links on their websites that tell you what they are looking for in terms of new works and manuscripts. They also have some great insights into how they read manuscripts that cross their desks, and for most of them if they are not hooked in the first few lines, out goes the work. So work on your beginnings. They won’t get to that awesome bit in the middle of your book!