The single biggest challenge with contemporary fiction, assuming the prose is otherwise clean, is verbosity — using “plenty of words” when a few choice alternatives would suffice, or relying on strings of prepositional phrases or subordinate clauses in lieu of a single rarer word or a shorter phrase.
Although every publisher has its own set of checks and its own standard editorial flow, it makes sense to shed some light into how the Caffeinated Press editorial process unfolds — at a minimum, to provide insight to writers about how at least one publisher prepares manuscripts for marketing.
Over- or under-thinking a cover letter could lead to outright rejection without any substantial review. A well-thought letter, however, often gets the material reviewed at least once.
As an author, you want a manuscript so polished that the publisher doesn’t read the first page and say: “Obviously a first draft.” You’ll be better equipped to pass that test if you have tough beta readers who make you sweat the small stuff.
When you do your online research about publishers or agents, remember — some of the water in the well has been poisoned, and its up to you to test the waters before you sip.
We authors can do better than two-dimensional, plastic-banana characters in our stories.
Earlier this year, we posted about finding time to write. After being reminded that just ONE of the things writers do is write… it became clear that time management would be a great theme to visit. Listening to audio books