Over at her blog, Diana Peterfreund has posted a terrific primer on the publishing industry. Not only does she provide great, specific information on agents, publishers, and others (and answer important questions in the Comments sections), there’s a helpful glossary too.
Check it out! And remember this sage advice:
* There is no secret handshake.
* There is no magic ticket.
* You don’t need to know anyone.
* Every author was once a debut author. New authors sell books all the time.
Victoria Strauss, co-founder of Writer Beware®, is the author of nine novels for adults and young adults, including her Way of Arata epic fantasy duology (The Burning Land and The Awakened City), and a pair of historical novels for teens, Passion Blue and Color Song. She has written hundreds of book reviews for publications such as SF Site, and her articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and elsewhere. In 2006, she served as a judge for the World Fantasy Awards.
She received the 2009 SFWA® Service Award for her work with Writer Beware®, and in 2012 was honored with an Independent Book Blogger Award for the Writer Beware® blog. She’s webmistress of the Writer Beware® website, which she also created, and maintains the Writer Beware® database, blog, and Facebook page.
Astonishing. Your publishing experience is diametrically opposite of mine…as is your optimistic take on the publishing/book industry. I’ve been a professional writer for over 20 years and I can count the number of good editors, human editors, I’ve met on one hand. Agents: none. I’ve written posting on these matters so i won’t bore you. But I am intrigued and wish you all success.