Diamond in the Slush

Literary agents: the gatekeepers of the publishing industry, the first door you knock on, the ones with the connections to get your manuscript published…so, who are they? A good agent is your advocate and champion throughout the publishing process. He or she will help ensure that your manuscript finds a great publisher and that you, the author, are the happiest you can be as you see your dreams of publication fulfilled.


Literary agents were not always a part of the publishing process. In the early days of publishing, actual print houses did all of the legwork for authors who wanted their books to reach public consumption. Even publishing houses didn’t truly exist at that time. Print houses would typeset and print copies of books, but they offered few other services. As publishing grew and expanded, publishers began offering a wider range of editorial services to authors (including, later, services…

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Singular Fiction

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Early on when writing my first unpublished novel, I discovered I had a maximum daily output. Some days I’d write over 3,000 words, but the stuff I wrote wasn’t anything I could work with. I faced a hard choice – keep what I wrote and worry about it later, or delete it now and move on. The first time I chose to delete them, I selected about 5,000 words, and just like that, they were gone.

There are going to be days where everything one writes might fit so poorly with the surrounding story that it practically screams for deletion. I know there’s an urge to keep it, to hold onto it for as long as possible in the hopes that maybe something from it can be salvaged. This urge is encouraged in some writing contests like NaNoWriMo because it helps with the challenge (but…

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When most people think of publishing in the UK, their minds will probably wander directly to London. Seeing as London is home to publishing powerhouses such as Bloomsbury and HarperCollins, that’s a fair direction to go in. However, it’s this process of thinking that often steers people away from maneuvering away the London box. Step outside of that box and there are a plethora of equally admirable independent publishers to be found, especially in Scotland. While small, these publishers not only offer quality literature, but provide a more personal touch in the way they interact with their readership. Four particularly admirable publishers in this group include Saraband, Freight Books, Canongate, and Vagabond Voices.

1) Saraband

This Glasgow based company is known for its carefully crafted non-fiction titles (specifically nature, history, and memoir) and growing literary and crime fiction lists. The company was named the Saltire Society’s Publisher of the Year…

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A Writer's Path


by Lindsey Richardson

Whether you’re working full time at an office or a full time parent, it gets even more complicated when you add writing into the mix. And whether this is your first novel or fourth novel, it’s likely to still be a daily struggle. But that doesn’t mean that it’s at all impossible or a dreadful task.

Let’s face the reality of it: it takes a lot to write full time. And some of us just aren’t there yet, but that doesn’t take anything away from the work we do. As many of you know, I work full time and write as well. It’s been that way every day since I graduated high school.

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Book Contracts


Conventional wisdom says that writing a book is easy, editing is hard. Getting published by anyone other than Createspace is like flying –  it requires a great deal of perseverance, determination, a can-do attitude, and a shit-load of luck. A lack of sensitivity to pain, and a profound deafness to nay-sayers helps as well.


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The Nerdy Book blog

Have you ever heard of WattPad or even experienced it? Well if you havent, you must!

WattPad  is a writing community in which users are able to post articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems, either online or through the mobile app. This gives people the chance to have their creative works available to a wider audience. (info from Wikipedia)


I have the app on my iPhone and iPad. There are popular authors on there who write short stories or write add ons to books that have been published. For intense an author I love, Jamie McGuire, has added onto the book Beautiful Disaster. I love the Maddox brothers and was so excited to be able to find out what happened after reading about Travis and Abby. It’s an extremely addicting story and who wouldn’t want to be all up in Travis Maddox’s business! Another author is Jennifer Armentrout, who happens…

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How Data Is Fueling the Future of the Publishing Industry

PopSugar is using visual and interactive analytics to create viral and engaging content.

PopSugar and its digital shopping platform ShopStyle combines a unique blend of content and commerce. Together these brands are attracting over 100 million monthly visitors worldwide.

Channeling the phenomenal success of Snapchat has also proven to be an incredibly shrewd move. PopSugars made-for-Snapchat videos have generated 19.5 million views in April, 26 million in May, 35 million in June and July looks to continue this trend. These figures are further evidence that Snapchat is no longer just another app for faddy teenagers.

Millennial women-focused, the core audience has an insatiable desire to learn more about what’s going on in the world. But, it’s technology and innovation that is proving essential to growing their audience. Could this data-driven business help anticipate the stories that readers will click on?


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