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.
A few quick items of interest from your friends at Caffeinated Press — Open office hours today, Sun. Mar. 13, from 10a to 4p. Please feel welcome to drop in, have some coffee, plug into the power and the Wi-Fi,
Even though it might be embarrassing, an occasional trip down memory lane is useful. And it’s worth remembering, too, that your first or second novel will almost surely end up in the back of your file cabinet. That’s OK. It’s healthy. Your goal shouldn’t be to write and then to publish, but rather to write until you’re ready to publish.
Dive deeply into author one-page bios, glossy headshots, writers’ blogs, social media marketing and book synopses.
Writers’ conferences open several valuable opportunities to authors — the chance to learn from peers, to buy books, to network with other writers, to stumble upon new potential markets, etc. But before you sign up for every conference in a 150-mile radius, consider your goals and the conference’s agenda. Even a free conference might not be worth what you paid to attend it.
The Caffeinated Press Community Advisory Committee welcomes applications through Feb. 15.
Seminars and conferences and guidelines revisions … oh, my!
We believe best practices depend less on how a document looks on the screen, and more how it’s internally structured for interoperability among the different programs that contribute to a robust editorial process flow.
Visit community.caffeinated-press.com for an exciting new one-stop source of news and information about local literary life, writing opportunities and new book releases.
Many authors rely on Word or Writer and they do just fine. But those programs weren’t designed for long-form creative writing in mind. Word and Writer are ubiquitous; people tend to have these programs and they already know how to use them, so they use them. And no one begrudges them that. But wouldn’t it be great to use the right tool for the job? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to make use of programs designed for long-form writing and optimized for use with publishing software, or to add plugins to Word to make it more useful for long-form writing?
Stop by the office to write or edit in peace — we’re keeping the doors open over most of the end of December!
So, you say you’ve landed your first publishing contract? Good for you! We have some advice for you, whether that contract was with us or with some other publisher.
A self-directed writer’s retreat, even if lasts just one marathon day, can help you get your bearings for the year to come and to re-acquaint you with your portfolio.
We’re evaluating the release of a mobile app — for Android, iOS and Windows (Universal) — to connect authors, readers and activities in a seamless and low-friction fashion.
Join Caffeinated Press for a three-hour focused seminar intended to give you practical advice for taking your manuscript from the “Yay, I’m done!” moment to the “Yay, I’ve got a publisher!” party.
Caffeinated Press is proud to honor six authors with nomination to the annual Pushcart Prize.
A NaNo novel that “wins” by Nov. 30 probably isn’t ready for shopping until the spring, after rounds of self-editing, beta reading and professional editing.
In the very large publishing houses, authors typically have zero control over the formatting of a book’s interior or the design of its covers. Even well-recognized writers often don’t know what the book will look like until it’s delivered into their ink-stained fingers. The smaller the publisher, however, the more the author can exert influence over a book’s aesthetics.
The Mad NaNo Scramble incurred almost 30k words by 19 authors in one exciting evening of plotting, writing and revelry.
Caffeinated Press is pleased to announce the release of two new titles. “A Broken Race,” a speculative-fiction story, marks the debut novel of Holland-area author Jean Davis. “A Crowd of Sorrows,” a poetry collection, represents G.R.-native Lisa Anne Gundry’s first launch into publication.
Today, Caffeinated Press will be presenting “Edits: Yes, You Must.” at the KDL Writers’ Conference in Kentwood, MI. We will help attendees understand the query process from the publisher’s perspective, learn how to parse publisher guidelines, understand the most common
You’ve done it: You’ve written a novel, pitched it to a publisher and earned a positive response. Congratulations! Now what happens? Let’s explore. Manuscript Review and Contracting. The process starts with a successful query. That query leads to a solicitation
As we see more and more poems submitted to markets like The 3288 Review, it’s worth offering a few tips from a publisher’s perspective about the best ways to get your poetry in front of a larger audience.
Be consistent and don’t get fancy; there’s plenty of time for beautification when you’re meeting with the designers before the book hits the printer.
Some people do NaNo for fun. Others, however, think that maybe this time, this novel is the one that will make its way to publishers or agents.
Publishers may ask you to submit a writing sample, a project synopsis or both. The way you execute on that request can significantly affect your odds of having your material accepted.
Join us for our NaNo Prep ’15 event on Saturday, Oct. 31; doors open at 1p and don’t close until 2a on Nov. 1.