There’s never any circumstance where it’s okay to pay someone to publish your book.
Many first-time writers honor some well-intended but misleading advice about how to be an author. The advice usually falls along the vein of: “Anyone can be a writer! All you need to do is just have discipline — write every day, and pretty soon you’ll have your debut novel. After that, reach out to agents and publishers to begin the publishing process. If you work hard and keep at it, success will find you sooner or later!”
The problem, of course, is that this advice simply isn’t true.
Some folks have noticed that so far in 2018, we’ve seemed rather quiet. Perhaps *too* quiet. So we’re here to offer some behind-the-scenes scoops about our year so far and about what we’ve got planned for the rest of the summer and into the cold-weather months.
“Measuring the Marigolds,” a poetry collection by Miriam Bat-Ami, celebrates place–both the inner and outer landscape of her experience as a mother, teacher and long-term West Michigan resident.
We’re opening drop-in writing/editing/planning hours at our office for you to get stuff done away from the familiar distractions of home.
Used well, metonymy can advance a story. Used poorly, it confuses the flow of the narrative and diminishes the voice of the POV character.
Have you ever been curious about what it takes to grow from “curious about publishing” to “published author?” Consider signing up for our new brief online course, “Establishing Yourself as a Professional Writer.”
We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, and we look forward to a great upcoming year—a year marked by a new emphasis on network building and community growth.
Caffeinated Press is pleased to announce the release of “Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence.” This collection of essays, poems and songs was edited by Phillip Sterling and features contributions from 18 author and poets and six visual artists.
Caffeinated Press is pleased to announce that we’ve nominated six authors for the Pushcart Prize, an annual literary series honoring the best of small presses and literary journals.
Caffeinated Press is proud to host our Fall Boost Event this Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6p to 9p at the Books and Mortar store at 955 Cherry Street in beautiful Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Behold! National Novel Writing Month is almost upon us. As you get ready to write or revise your magnum opus, your friends at Caffeinated Press—presently embroiled in final line editing, so it’s top of mind—offer a few construction suggestions for you
NaNo is coming. Are you ready?
Caffeinated Press is pleased to announce the release of “Jot That Down: Encouraging Essays for New Writers.” This collection of essays was edited by A.L. Rogers and features contributions from 19 published authors, poets and illustrators.
We’re looking for a motivated self-starter to serve as our primary book developer.
Where, oh where, has the summer gone? With all the activity going on at Caffeinated Press, it’s hard to believe we’re already closer to next Christmas than to last.
The Caffeinated Press board of directors is pleased to share that Tabitha Maloley, a long-time senior editor, has joined the board of directors, effective May 26.
Looking for stuff to do to expand your literary chops? Consider these six upcoming opportunities!
As a sign of partnership with GLCL — a literary non-profit advancing, promoting and celebrating the literary arts in our community — we’re offering our office space for drop-in writing and editing time.
Hey, you. Yes, you. You look like a writer. Can I interest you in any of the following opportunities?
Manuscript queries get rejected for all sorts of reasons, but “goodness of fit” and “commercial viability” present an obstacle that a good line edit or peer review is unlikely to overcome.
Whether you’re self-published and need guidance or have been published by a small- or mid-sized press, take comfort in knowing that some strategies — while they’re not guaranteed to sell you even one additional book — have, on balance, proved helpful to other authors looking to grow their sales.
The third installment of our annual house anthology, Brewed Awakenings, will be released this coming October. The reading window for this volume closes on May 31 — so you have plenty of time, and no excuses, for crafting a short story or an essay for submission.
Chris Galford is an author, photographer and journalist with deep roots in West Michigan. His short story, Furniture City, is available in both the print and ebook version of Brewed Awakenings 2. Learn more about this dynamic young man and his craft by visiting galfordchris.com.
The last day of a year that taxed our collective national consciousness draws to a close. Many of us offer a sigh of relief, cut by a sliver of hope that 2017 will prove to be more tranquil and fulfilling. Or at least, marked by less drama and fewer tragedies.
We’re pleased to announce a general refresh of our entire Web platform. Enjoy!
As you walk away with practical advice for preparing your manuscript, you’ll feel full — of accomplishment, of excitement to edit, of coffee and snacks.
Being good at the basics of querying will help get your work reviewed, and using beta readers will see your work float closer to the top of the acceptance pile.
Caffeinated Press is pleased to announce the release of three exciting new titles — Grayson Rising authored by AJ Powell, Brewed Awakenings 2 edited by Jason Gillikin and vol. 2, issue 1 of The 3288 Review.
November comes, and with it, National Novel Writing Month.
Thanks for your patience as we’ve worked through this most frustrating experience with Site5.
Writing only sometimes features rapid-fire composing then revising, but it always requires getting the story right in your heart so that it fills your head and then flows from your fingers toward the paper — even if it’s through one type hammer at a time.
A little bit of learning about Markdown or Multimarkdown and version-control systems will help you become a more efficient author — perhaps you’ll find the technical setup worth it in the long run.
Although you simply cannot distill creative writing into a proscriptive algorithm — people start in different places, and they learn in different ways — a review of the literature suggests that there’s perhaps too little scaffolding offered to new writers.
Too many authors, especially those early in their writing career, tend to use sarcasm as the default inner voice of a character.
Good literary citizenship ensures that readers get great books, authors obtain the exposure they deserve, indie bookstores remain viable and small presses can fund worthy projects.
These little maxims are the “big ideas” I share with early-career authors eager for advice about the craft of writing.
Whether the disagreement is sourced in a contractual dispute, or concerns about edits, or in the misinterpretation of a social-media post, authors will inevitably have to engage in some classic dispute-resolution activities.
If you can position your work solidly within a constellation of known sellers, you’ll do a better job of convincing a hesitant agent or publisher to give you the green light.
We’ve come a very long way in a very short period of time. We’re proud of the connections we’re making and of the literary endeavors we’re supporting, although (obviously) it hasn’t always been sunshine and roses.
Think carefully about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
Never underestimate the power of base moral conflict to drive tension and keep a plot advancing.
Let me show you how I triage inbound submissions for “The 3288 Review” — with pointers about the most common reasons we decline to accept a query package.
Caffeinated Press is pleased — giddy, even — to attend this year’s Ann Arbor Book Festival. On Saturday, June 18, from noon until 5 p.m., we’ll be participating as a retail vendor during the downtown street fair.
Writing the Great American Novel isn’t much different from studying a martial art or learning to scuba dive or qualifying for the Boston Marathon: You need a wee bit o’ talent, of course, but success follows from mastery, which follows from putting in the time to advance from novice to expert.
While it may be true that certain writing rules apply broadly, or even universally, the application of those rules can vary widely as a function of genre and story length.
One of the worst things an author can do is shop queries on the open market for material that hasn’t been substantially revised in light of feedback from competent beta readers.
I don’t think there’s a “One Weird Trick” approach to building a writer’s toolkit that will work for everyone. The ways I’ve written in the past don’t work for me today, and today’s method may not work for me a year from now. What’s important is that your infrastructure blend into the background; you should use it, without being aware that it’s there. And when it doesn’t work, change it up.
Although publisher/agent guidelines vary in the specifics, most novel queries require a cover letter, one to three sample chapters and a synopsis. Synopses, however, tend to bedevil early-career writers. They’re presented, usually, as an afterthought, or as some sort of back-of-the-cover tease — and therefore, the synopsis becomes the silent killer of what otherwise could have been a perfect pitch.
Like it or not, although writing as an activity is inherently solitary, writing for publication is an astonishingly social cultural phenomenon that requires much networking and relationship building.