Category Archives: Submitting

JUST SAY NO: A WRITERS’ MANIFESTO

Send to Kindle  Long ago in a galaxy far away, I was a literary agent. One day, a writer who was not yet a client came to me for advice. “I wrote a novel,” she said. “Mr. Blank, of Blankety … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Silence: How I Nearly Gave Up Writing

Send to KindleI’m delighted to welcome Jenny Elliott to In Cold Ink. Jenny is the author of SAVE ME, a delightful blend of paranormal and romance. She’s also a lovely person and, I’m proud to say, a former student of … Continue reading

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An Overnight Success In Four Years

Send to Kindle   It’s been a while since my last post, due to a combination of issues. I had a “quick, easy” medical procedure that turned out to be quick and easy for the doctor, while carving a month out … Continue reading

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What Sort of Publishing Is Right For You?

Send to KindleIn my last post, I wrote about the results of a large though unscientific survey of authors, which revealed a high level of dissatisfaction around the areas of marketing, sales and income. This struck me as profoundly unsurprising, … Continue reading

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Rejection: Good for the Writer’s Soul?

Send to Kindle  There’s a schism in the writing world. Messianic advocates of self-publishing tout its benefits; skeptical opponents counter with the lack of all the services provided by publishers. As a novelist, blogger, and former literary agent, I’ve read … Continue reading

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What To Do Once You’ve “Finished” Your Novel

Send to KindleEvery once in a while, I come across a blog post so informative that I just need to share it. Jo Bourne, for those of you who don’t already know her, is a critically acclaimed writer of historical … Continue reading

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Interview with Marysue Rucci of S&S

Send to KindleI was rummaging through some old files the other day and came across an interview I conducted with Marysue Rucci, now editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster. Marysue was kind enough to answer my questions back in 2002, when … Continue reading

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Query Fails: Why They Happen

Send to Kindle  In my eternal quest for procrastination, I turned this morning to Slushpile Hell, a site to which writers have turned from time immemorial (since 2010) for a hearty laugh and a pleasant glow of superiority. The query … Continue reading

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10 Things Writers Should Expect From Literary Agents

Send to Kindle  Gone—long gone—are the days when writers finished their manuscripts, wrapped them in brown paper and mailed them to Mr. Doubleday or Mr. Lippincott. These days, major publishers rely on literary agents to prescreen manuscripts, and most won’t … Continue reading

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What To Look For When You’re Looking For an Editor

Send to Kindle  Suppose you’ve written a novel, submitted it to literary agents and publishers, and found no takers, Chances are you’ve had little or no substantive feedback of explanation of where your work fell short. Because they receive such … Continue reading

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