November 30, 2016

Query Etiquette: Lessons I’ve Learned From Literary Agents

Sixteen years ago I received a request for a full manuscript from UK literary agent Laetitia Rutherford. The manuscript was my first serious complete work of literary fiction and I was blinded by excitement. Ms. Rutherford was kind enough to send me line edits on the entire manuscript. She even called me from the UK…

November 21, 2016

Fifteen Major Book Publishers Always Open to Submissions

Many publishers open and close their doors to unsolicited submissions on a routine basis. It can sometimes be hard to determine if they are open or shut to submissions and when you should submit. These fifteen publishers featured are always open to submissions from writers without agents or previous publishing experience. All of them are…

November 17, 2016

Kensington Publishing: Now Accepting Book Queries

This large independent publisher is based out of New York. They publish a wide variety of mainstream fiction and nonfiction books, with a particular focus on romance. They publish an average of 600 books a year, so they accept a lot more submissions than most independent publishers. To get a good feeling for what they…

Mandala Journal: Now Seeking Submissions

Mandala Journal is an online, multicultural literary arts journal launched in 2009, produced by the students at the University of Georgia’s Institute for African American Studies. They publish poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art, as well as experimental and cross-genre work such as graphic literature. They are especially interested in literature that examines movements within…

My Editor’s Top 5 Tips On How To Improve A Manuscript

Every writer dreams of becoming better with each new book. How exactly do we achieve perfection when some writers, like me, are prone to repeating certain errors? One of my favorite editors advised me to compile a list of all the comments, corrections and errors that were highlighted during editing processes and compile a list…

November 10, 2016

Free Spirit Publishing: Now Accepting Submissions

Free Spirit Publishing is an established publisher with good distribution. They publish primarily non-fiction, mostly curriculum based, where they have a number of niche focuses. They do publish fiction but only in the form of board books (aimed at infants to 4 year olds) and picture books (for ages 4 to 8) that focus on…

How to Write a Compelling Short Story

Written By Stephanie Norman Have you ever wondered what makes people so impressed by short stories? There is something magical about the ability of an author to capture so much wisdom in so few words. The sentences are magnetic. The reader may spend less than an hour with the story, but the effect will last…

4 Ways to Fund Your Self Published Novel

By Elizabeth Wangare  Publishing should be the next step after writing your book, but is it?  Many manuscripts have found their abode underneath beds and in drawers due to different constraints. Chief of these is lack of funds; whether actual or imaginary. Imaginary because some publishers have basic publishing option for about $78; even with…

November 9, 2016

LitMag: Now Seeking Submissions

LitMag is a biannual journal currently seeking fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for print and online editions. According to their submissions page, they are most interested in “big minds, large hearts, and sharp pens.” The first online and print issues will be available in the winter and spring of 2017, respectively. Submission Process: Regardless of format,…

November 7, 2016

The 8 Major Publishing Trends of 2016

I am starting off this article with a disclaimer. This article is not going to tell you what publishing trends are up and coming. I don’t know if books about rock stars are going to be the new YA trend or not. That isn’t my area of expertise, and frankly it is not where my…