An ex-editor at a big New York publishing house has been kind enough to give you the scoop on what editors at traditional publishers really do. The long nights. The paper stock decisions. The coffee stains on manuscripts. Oh, what a glamorous life they live. Please note that the views and opinions of Ex Publishing […]
Another Wednesday, another chance to be heard loud and clear. What is the best piece of writing advice you have ever received ever? Here’s mine: “Writers write.” So simple. So profound. So maddeningly ambiguous. Sigh. Discuss amongst yourselves.
Here’s the most prevalent and widespread belief about publishing I’ve ever seen: editors do not edit anymore, they just plop a book down on the market in whatever shape the author left it in, and thus poor authors are left wandering in the wilderness, editless and alone, looking up the sky and shrieking, “If only […]
One of the very most difficult elements of writing a novel to master is pacing. Much like music, novels have a rhythm — you sort of expect things to unfold at a certain speed, things usually pick up at the end, and in the middle, if you’re ever thinking to yourself “Wow, this is getting […]
THIS WEEK in publishing: Of course, of course. I should have known that my post about how great it is to live in San Francisco would spawn an earthquake. But it was very small (4.2) and no literary agents were harmed. In actual publishing news, Random UK has been split asunder! Actually they’ve just reorganized […]
People often ask me why I live in San Francisco when most of the publishing industry is based in New York. The conversation usually goes something like this: Person: Why do you live in San Francisco when most of publishing is in New York?Me: You mean, besides the weather, the friendly people, access to unparalleled […]