Should You Wait for New York?

The discussion on whether to wait for New York or to self-publish is as vibrant as ever on social networks. I saw someone tweet “If you self-publish, you’re an idiot” the other day. Interesting. Severely judgmental, but interesting. It speaks to the lack of respect some people (many people) have for self-publishing. However, there are…

Give A Little Respect

As I travel from convention to convention, participating on panels and meeting a variety of authors, I’ve come across some rather unfortunate behavior and attitudes. Unfortunate because it is unnecessary, but it is extant nonetheless. Most fantasy conventions have many authors in attendance. Some of them are in artist alley or the dealer room selling…

Go Beyond: Promoting Steampunk Outside Comfort Zones

This week’s Emerging Author Spotlight: a guest post by Tee Morris. Originally posted on O. M. Grey’s blog yesterday. —-{—-{@ Gentle reader, it may not come as a surprise to you that the lovely and delicious O.M. Grey has invited me to talk about steampunk as Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel hits the…

Self-Publishing’s Golden Goose

If you pay attention to the publishing world at all, then you have heard the name Amanda Hocking. You likely have also heard the name J. A. Konrath. They are currently the greatest self-publishing success stories circulating cyberspace, but others are not far behind. Amanda Hocking is 26-years-old and lives in Minnesota. She has already…

Amazon & the Future of Publishing

This issue keeps popping up on my radar. Even on Twitter, and through the recent #140 character conference, the question remains on what will happen to big publishing if they don’t change. At BEA in 2009, it was noted that big publishers are in greater financial dire straights than the little indie publisher. The NY…

Literary Agents

Literary agents, those elusive, magical creatures that will help you and your book rocket to the NY Times Best Seller List. Because without them, you have virtually no chance in getting a NY Big Boy Publisher, which is your best (but certainly not your only) chance in becoming a best-selling author on a grand scale….

New York Big Boys

Writing a book is really hard. I know. I’ve done it six times now. Seven, counting this one. However, as hard as it is, writing your book is the easiest part of this process. Getting published is infinitely more difficult, especially if you go with the first of the four basic choices: New York “Big…

Publishing Choices

Since mid-2008, my husband and I have been touring the country, promoting our books at bookstores, festivals, and conventions. At every event, I inevitably get asked the same question: “How did you go about getting published.” Or some similar variation of that. However, in the middle of an event, I cannot really go into a…