Weekend Roadside Cafe

The road to publication can be exhausting sometimes. Here’s a roadside cafe serving all things writing/publishing to relieve you: information sodas, entertainment burgers, amusement chips… we’ve got it. It’salright to take a break; check out the menu!

Info Burgers 🍔

  • The Submissions Process: There’s so much about the querying process available online, but so little about how submissions feel. Here’s a blog with a collection of authors’ submissions stories. Beware, it’s quite scary!
  • Packaging Critique: A conversation was stirred in the writing community about the best way to package critiques. Here’s what Lucia thinks on this.
  • Ways To Make Readers Care About Your Characters: Pretty self explanatory and very insightful.
  • Why Pub Industry Workers Are Quitting: Almost every week (if not every day) we see tweets of editors and agents leaving the publishing industry. For us outsiders, we’re seeing agents pronounce Doom and Gloom for the industry because of this—which is scary. To that end, here’s the most insightful post I could find on this topic.
  • The Dream Client: We writers often talk about our dream literary agents. Well agents have their dream clients too.
  • Rom-Com March: It’s Romcom March on Twitter! Join the party to make new friends and have some fun.

Team Sodas 🍻

Editors/agents are leaving the industry almost weekly: how we feel about it. This was a pretty passionate discussion we had but we’ll be sharing the summaries!

  • Lucia: It’s super scary but I hope with the development, the industry changes for the better. I believe about a decade ago when e-publishing came about, there had been a similar panic that the end of traditional publishing was nigh, but 10 years later and it’s still existing. Either way, we shouldn’t panic too much or let it affect our writing. There are still agents and editors working in the industry. We just have to write and keep our fingers crossed that our books are amongst those that make it out despite the tough time!
  • Sarah: It’s frustrating for those who have waited so long to be published. Life happens of course, but a lot of what I’m seeing is happening without explanation. Still, it can serve as a blessing in disguise. It puts the ball in the writer’s court when it comes time to make an offer. Don’t be afraid to ask how long they’ve been in the industry, and if they want to stay. It’s valid to address your worries about an agent/editor leaving you, but an agent/editor worth having will communicate with you about these potential challenges.
  • Alex: It’s a little discouraging, especially when you are still querying and hoping for an agent to love your work and add you as a client. I understand we as authors don’t see everything happening behind the scenes, but sometimes is just discouraging to keep going.
  • Amber: I think it’s frustrating on all fronts – whether it’s for the editors, or agents or authors. People join publishing because they love books and want to bring great stories to readers, so it’s sad that there are those who have to drop out for various reasons. There’s a larger systemic issue in the publishing industry that really needs to be looked into in order for the jobs of editors/agents to be more sustainable and we can only hope that change will come in due course.
  • Mariana: I also think it’s discouraging and I would even say stressful for writers, because less agents/editors on the field could be less opportunities to achieve the dream of being published. It’s heartbreaking that writers work so hard on their books and wait sometimes too long on the querying trenches to get their chance, but now less agents/editors mean competition might make it even harder to get the books out there. However, I’m sure this situation is also hard on editors and agents, who have their own reasons to leave and on those who are staying. I hope we all can be understanding and realize the situation affects us all; and that this challenge brings positive changes in the future. Meanwhile, we must keep going and doing our best.

Tweet Chips 🍟

Tweets from the writing community we think you might enjoy!

Informative Tweets

Funny/Relatable Tweets

Agents Open To Queries


Got any awesome writerly links or quotes to share with us? From your blog or another’s? Leave in the comments and we’ll add it next time!

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10 thoughts on “Weekend Roadside Cafe

  1. I was about to get out of bed when I received this email and I’ve been abed for two hours reading. Very informative and Team Soda especially got to me.

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  2. Oh thanks for sharing about the submissions process! It’s true that we know so much about querying and not as much about submissions. Love that!

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  3. The post on why industry experts are leaving explains a lot. I’d also been wondering and last week the writing community twitter was pretty scary. There was literally this tweet from an agent telling us to BE afraid. It’s awesome you ladies addressed this!

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  4. I agree with Danielle that Team Soda got me too, thanks for that. Funny tweets has had me chuckling. I think Baby is a super hot endearment 😋 and I completely agree with making titles shorter so we can write it easily as comps 😂 I mean it’s so easy to write Six Of Crows, but House Of Earth And Blood? I mean come on 😂 Awesome Roadside Cafe as always

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    1. And don’t get me started on that proposal! He had a book with her name and everything. Husband goals!

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