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What to Do When Publishers Are Closed to Submissions

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What to Do When Publishers Are Closed to Submissions

Closed. Closed. Closed to submissions. If it seems to you that most small presses are closed to new submissions you're not wrong. A random check just now showed me  60-70% of presses are closed – including Improbable Press. There's a good reason for this: not enough staff to read submissions, and edit, proof, layout, and promote the books we already have in progress. So. What's a writer to do when there seems no way in? First, Know That There Is a Way In I can't speak for every press, obviously, but I can speak for a couple, including the one...

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"Great, I hate it!" Why You May Not Like Your Book's Cover (and What You Can Do About It)

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"Great, I hate it!" Why You May Not Like Your Book's Cover (and What You Can Do About It)

Secret time: We don't always love our book's cover right away. As a writer for whom covers have been created, and an editor who commissions covers for others, I know this is so very true. Book Cover Expectations: Let's Go Back In Time When I was a teen, Casey Kasem hosted a weekly top 40 radio show; I listened for years before I finally saw a photo of Kasem himself, and: No. Nope. Nada, that's not what Casey Kasem looks like. Except. Except what did I think he looked like? I don't know. I'd had no idea I even had...

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Submission Guidelines? I'm a special writer, I don't need no stinkin' guidelines!

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Submission Guidelines? I'm a special writer, I don't need no stinkin' guidelines!

By Atlin Merrick Just…just go around me. I'm going to be here awhile, stretched out on this grass, staring at the fluffy clouds while I tell youngsters to get off my lawn. Which is to say I am a tiny bit exhausted. O so weary of others doing what I used to do, and now I just want to squirt everyone with this hose I'm not holding and holler "Learn from my mistakes for heaven's sake! I also didn't follow submission guidelines! And do you know what it got me? Don't you walk away while I'm yelling at you!" Submission...

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Royalties and Who’s Out to Get You

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Royalties and Who’s Out to Get You

By Atlin Merrick Okay, you’ve signed a contract with a small press and you’re doing the butt-wiggle dance of joy. You probably sent your book to a lot publishers and at last your work found a home. Whether you’re a new writer or have been published before, it’s a relief to know you’ve found someone else who loves your work as much as you do. And—WAIT! Screeching To a Halt: Loving Small Presses That! It’s that I want to bold and italicize:         We love your book, too. I can nearly 100% guarantee that that’s why any small press anywhere...

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What "We're Editing Your Book" Really Means

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What "We're Editing Your Book" Really Means

By Atlin Merrick A writer recently asked what we mean by 'we're editing your book,' and though we've talked about the overall book editing process on this blog, we never covered the nitty gritty of how the editing process goes. We're about to do that right now. How We Edit Your Book You've sent your completed novel to us. We've never seen those words before. We're excited! Though the precise process depends on the editor, for Improbable Press, this is how we edit: While we read, we're making note of big things like 'this story starts too early… begin the...

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