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The 'Sideways' Publishing Saga -- The St. Martin's Press Nightmare (Part I)

Rex Pickett | Posted 04.16.2012 | Home
Rex Pickett

I started to believe I had written a dreadful book, that Sideways was unpublishable. Then I got a call informing me that St. Martin's Press had offered $5,000.

Writer Wednesday: Surprising Things Literary Agents Can Do For You

| Posted 12.14.2011 | Home

From Writer's Relief Staff: In the old days of publishing, literary agents had a clear and pretty much singular function: to advocate on behalf of ...

Can You Get A Publishing Deal From A Website?

Andrew Losowsky | Posted 12.08.2011 | Home

The 'slush pile' is the collection of unasked for, unpublished work that writers send to publishers. Wading through it is often a thankless task given...

Tough Lessons From a Debut Novelist, Part 2

Jeffrey Small | Posted 11.28.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Small

One of the most painful lessons I struggled to accept was that my words and ideas were not sacred.

Tough Lessons From a Debut Novelist

Jeffrey Small | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Small

Every time I walk into a bookstore and I see a novel written by a celebrity or some newly-minted reality star, I cringe. Yes, I'm jealous and resentful. But the truth is the book publishing business is a terrible business.

Writer Wednesday: What NOT To Do If You Get A Literary Agent

Posted 10.24.2011 | Home

From Writer's Relief staff: If you’re an aspiring writer, you’ve probably got an “I’d like to thank the academy” speech ready and waiting...

How's That Novel of Yours Doing?

Terence Clarke | Posted 10.17.2011 | Home
Terence Clarke

The wish for fame, so illusory a thing, can kill you. Or at least, it can kill your novel.

Numbers In Literary Publishing: You Have One Sentence

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 09.27.2011 | Home
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Big rejection numbers in publishing are not important. Big numbers in general are not important. No, the number to worry about is one. One. That's how many sentences you have to impress an agent or editor.

What Is It Actually Like To Sell A Novel? | Posted 09.06.2011 | Home

"We're closing in on a deal," my agent told me on the phone. "I'm just turning him upside-down now and shaking him for loose change."...

Why Casey Anthony Will Not Get A Book Deal

Jason Pinter | Posted 09.05.2011 | Home
Jason Pinter

After the media tsunami surrounding the Casey Anthony verdict, 'analysts' have come forward stating she could reap nearly seven figures for a book deal. That's a crock and here's why.

Is It Ethical For A Literary Agent To Also Be A Publisher?

Writer's Relief, Inc. | Posted 08.21.2011 | Home

There’s something new going on in the literary world these days: Some literary agencies are starting up their own publishing divisions....

If Agents Become Publishers, Who Protects Authors? | Posted 08.09.2011 | Home

In recent weeks, there have been a spate of agents who have cut deals on behalf of their clients with... themselves.  One such involved the agent to ...

How To Interpret Rejection Letters From Literary Agents And Editors

Writer's Relief Blog | Posted 08.01.2011 | Home

Rejection letters from literary agents and editors of literary journals can be discouraging—especially impersonal, one-line form letters. But reject...

Query Fail: How NOT To Write a Query Letter

Writer's Relief Blog | Posted 07.31.2011 | Home

Want to write a query letter that will really get the attention of literary agents? There are plenty of ways to do it, but not all of them are right....

A Rejection Is a Rejection

Daniel Menaker | Posted 07.17.2011 | Home
Daniel Menaker

If you're curious about what goes on inside the submission process of publishing, here are 8 edited examples of the rejection notes I got, through my agent, for 25,000 words of a memoir.

Editors And Literary Agents: Why They’re Just Not That Into You

Writer's Relief Blog | Posted 07.03.2011 | Home

Picture this. Your good friend texts you to say he just got home from a blind date. You call him right away to see how it went....

The Agents Who Let Me Down

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.06.2015 | Home
Lev Raphael

I started my career at a time when the conventional wisdom was that you couldn't even have a career without an agent. But experience has proven something different.

To E-Book or Not to E-Book... Are Authors Losing Out?

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Arielle Ford

That is the question. There are many advantages to writing or translating your book to a digital version: shorter to-market turn time, less cost, e-b...

Thoughts on Crafting the Unbreakable Writer

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kim Michele Richardson

The path to publication can be a gauntlet beset with trials that test a writer's endurance. By sharing my journey I hope to inspire other writers to stay the course.

Why Writers Conferences Are Rethinking Pitch Sessions

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Dionne

More writers conferences are changing to the no-pitch format. Authors who invest the time and money to attend a writers conference deserve better than a few stressful minutes with a bored, exhausted agent.

What Literary Agents are Reading

Karen Dionne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Karen Dionne

Books may not be the window into a person's soul, but an agent's personal reading list gives us a glimpse into their individual tastes and preferences.

Why You Should Reject The 'New Rules For Writers'

Andrew Shaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrew Shaffer

There's a virus going around the Internet right now that threatens to change the way you look at the world. And it seems to be infecting unpublished and "under-published" writers.

Self-Publishing Offers No Hassle and Big Potential Profits. Is It For You?

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bernard Starr

Historically, the big question for authors has been will my book get published? But now, the question is will I land my book with a prestigious publisher? I'm guilty of that myself.

Talking with Keith Ogorek of Author Solutions

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

Whereas self-publishing used to be a nasty little word in the book publishing industry even a few years ago, something has changed. Headlines in major...

Stop the Insanity and Just Write, Already

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melanie Benjamin

Awash in rejection letters? You shouldn't just throw up an eBook and subject the world to unedited, unpolished prose.