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.
Caffeinated Press is pleased to release the inaugural issue of “The 3288 Review,” our new literary journal.
Going through edits for The 3288 Review and Brewed Awakenings 2, I’ve come across several trends common to several writers. Study these errors to improve your technical proficiency as a writer.
You can buy a real, physical cabin in the woods. But if your head’s not in the right place, it still won’t be enough.
What happens if the horror writer takes their usual writing time to write a humorous anecdote instead? What if the humor writer turns to poetry? The poet to an essay? A technical, non-fiction writer to horror? It may not result in a best seller, but what does it mean?
The main value to a writer — even a fiction writer of short genre stories — of following a stylebook is consistency.
We get a lot of questions from friends, family, local authors, etc. We love questions. They help us share the wealth of knowledge, and they help us shape our thinking about what kinds of products and services we should offer.
Take advantage of tools like the Service Corps of Retired Executives, the Small Business Administration or online communities ranging from Reddit to AT&T’s Business Circle, to help your business launch successfully.
With a slush pile that, all told, now approaches a half-million words, we’ve had the opportunity to evaluate submissions from more than 80 different authors, in genres ranging from single short poems to overly long novels
Drop by our office for open hours — write and research in peace from our common room. Or, sign up for a session of our Business of Writing seminar scheduled for mid-September.
I had heard of them, but it wasn’t until recently — running through the Brewed Awakenings anthology slush pile — that I encountered a few in the wild. Writing experts caution us against such beasts, although the retrograde savages inhabiting
We don’t enjoy squashing dreams any more than you enjoy getting your dreams squashed. But careful guidelines adherence, good cover letters and the use of beta readers will go a long way to getting your manuscript from No to Yes.
June 2015 marks the one-year anniversary since Lianne, Brittany, Jennifer, Julie and I filed the articles of incorporation establishing Caffeinated Press with the State of Michigan. Much has happened — e.g., the inaugural volume of the Brewed Awakenings anthology and the corresponding kick-off events at UICA and Schuler Books and Music. And much will happen soon.
The 2015 submission deadline for Brewed Awakenings 2 passed on May 31. We received a final tally of 67 separate submissions by 58 different authors. Sixty of the 67 are eligible for review by our in-house editors.
No two writers have the same technique. Nor should they. What works for Author Bob isn’t going to necessarily work for Author Jane, because we’re all wired differently ‘twixt the earholes.
The more that authors seed their stories with oh-so-common plot contrivances, relying on twists instead of depth to drive the plot, the less top-shelf readers will pay attention. And also, for that matter, the less that publishers will be persuaded to license a manuscript.
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
Scene-setting isn’t easy. There’s no magical paint-by-numbers approach for getting it right. When done well, a perfectly described scene can make a story; when done poorly, the story collapses.
The world benefits when authors tell their stories. But the stories that move us the most are informed by a deep understanding of the trends and ideas that undergird them. This understanding comes from reading or otherwise experiencing each individual plank on the scaffold of our story.
Balancing diction and tone and rhythm to generate a character’s authentic voice makes for tough work for any author. But perhaps even more important than a character’s voice is the structural framework into which that narration sits.
On the first of every month, you can receive content straight to your email from Caffeinated Press! Creatives’ Corner features a list of creative challenges for the month to stir your creativity (and push your behind in gear if you
One of the most common structural reasons a person’s manuscript may receive the cold shoulder from an agent or publisher follows from the apparently random admixture of narrative points of view within a story.
Join us for our second Caffeinated Press event! Learn about the history of Caffeinated Press, upcoming opportunities, and go through the life of a book from conception (the fun part!) to getting a contract with a publisher and what happens
The technical term for a novel that blends more than one genre or sub-genre into a single story is fusion genre. Very many fusion books are good. But because there’s a higher barrier to market than with straight-genre work, very few publishers are willing to take them on, and in the crowded self-publishing world, the sheer volume of available works means that any one story almost assuredly will be lost in the crowd.
Few would deny the truism, but the underlying lesson is observed more often in the breach: That every voice matters and deserves a chance to be heard.
The Brewed Awakenings anthology soft launch, held March 2 at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., provided strong early momentum for Caffeinated Press’s first public release.
Join us for an evening of story excerpts from our first anthology, information on how we came to be, and get answers to your questions about becoming a published author! Visit caffeinated-press.com for more information on us and our first
Are you as excited about Brewed Awakenings hitting shelves as WE are? It’d be tough, because we are REALLY excited. Or maybe you’re more excited about your latest work and you are looking for more information on how to get
Caffeinated Press is pleased to present Brewed Awakenings, the inaugural volume of our new house anthology, on our official release date of March 1, 2015.
Caffeinated Press is delighted to welcome submissions for the second volume of Brewed Awakenings, our house anthology.
As writers, we often think about the stories that are being crafted in our imaginations, the plot twists that will thrust a story off the planned course and the endings that we believe will either leave our readers longing for
Many writers struggle with finding time for perfecting their craft. It isn’t just about writing and producing a story, it’s also about editing, research, character development, scene structure, making the perfect cup of coffee or tea, reading, finding inspiration… Wow.
Good writers know that the trial-by-fire from beta readers or professional editors is what brings our newborn manuscript through its long, painful adolescence known as “rewrites” until we finally have a mature product ready for the market.
To find a publisher, you’ll need to perfect your query package.
Before you submit your work for a peer critique, give yourself a robust self-edit. Look for common punctuation or grammar challenges that often burden less experienced authors.