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!
- Technical Aspects Querying Writers Should Consider Before Signing A Contract With An Agency
- Thread🧵 Editor – Agent Discussion On How Editors View Manuscripts
- Agent Query Tip For Picture Book Authors
- Agent Explains What Editors Leaving The Industry Means
- Good Advice On Reviews
- Everybody Experiences Disappointments In Publishing, Editor Says
- Why We Need Copy Editors
- Interesting Thought On Reader Reviews
- Romance Book Thread: Is ‘Baby’ Endearment Hot or Cringe?
- Writers Keep Your Titles Short, We Might Have To Use Them For Comps😂
- More Wordle / NYT Drama Because Why Not?
- How Signing With A Big Or Small Agent Can Affect Your Career
- The Perfect Way To Propose To A Writer!
- Romance Novels Are Predictable: Bite This
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