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How to Write a Query Letter in 7 Steps

November 2, 2017 - Understanding Publishing - 7 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 »


Chapter Length Matters. Here's Why

October 18, 2017 - Perfecting your Craft - 17 Comments

How Long Is A Chapter

Stop us if you’ve experienced this before: the clock strikes 8pm and you realize that you really need to pick up your drycleaning. But you’re right in the middle of your book! Well, you’ll put the book down when you get to the end of this chapter, you reason. 30 minutes afterward, you can’t resist ... read more »


A Century of Fantasy: How the Genre's Changed Since the 1920s

October 3, 2017 - Perfecting your Craft - 6 Comments

Writing Fantasy Narwhal

The English word, "fantasy," sprang from Old French's phantasie, or "vision, imagination." But you wouldn't be entirely remiss if you'd thought that it came from the word, "fantastic." When you consider all the fantastic things in our world and our imaginations, it's no wonder there are so many different subgenres in fantasy—and dedicated readers of each subgenre. ... read more »


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