How to Write a Query Letter in 7 Steps

November 2, 2017 - Understanding Publishing - 6 Comments

how to write a query letter

A starving writer stands in front of a mailbox clutching a hefty, brown envelope addressed to a publishing company. They say a prayer, push their manuscript in and begin the long wait for a reply that could make or break their career. It's a romantic image, but most major publishers don't actually accept 'unsolicited manuscripts' ... read more »


Upmarket Fiction: The Forgotten Middle Child of the Publishing World

October 19, 2017 - Understanding Publishing - 2 Comments

Upmarket fiction

Calling something “commercial” can sound like an insult in some circles, as if it’s a trifling entertainment not worthy of the term “literature.” In other circles, the term “literary” results in a half-stifled yawn, and is considered pretentious. A question you might ask when you’re writing is, "Can a book be both literary and commercial?” ... read more »