Over on Quora, a user asked: How do you publish the first book in a series as apposed [sic] to a standalone? It's a good question, and I'm reprinting my answer: As someone who works acquisitions with publishers, my advice is: pitch the book, not the series. An entire series rarely sells all at once. [...]

In the last couple of weeks, I've seen a huge rise in passive-aggressive overtones in query letters. I'm not sure if it's just trending on its own or if a new piece of advice has been posted somewhere and lots of people are following it. I make a commitment to avoid calling out specific query [...]

I've been asked the question a few times now: How do you present your pen name in a query letter? If you're writing with a pen name, should you use your real name? There's nothing wrong with having a pen name, as long as you use the right name with the right people at the [...]

In preparation for the open submissions period I'm reading for at Dragon Moon Press, I posted a list of quick last-minute tips for sending out query letters. Here's the continuation. Tips, part two: some helpful things to keep in mind when giving your queries a last look-over, to help you avoid some common mistakes. In [...]

Unless otherwise stated, publishers and agents usually want you to select your strongest manuscript, or the one that best fits their guidelines, and just query one. If they're open to multiple submissions, they'll say so. if they don't say so, just pick one to send. Hinting that you have other completed manuscripts is enough. If [...]


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When the Hero Comes Home When the Hero Comes Home
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When the Villain Comes Home When the Villain Comes Home
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When the Hero Comes Home: Volume 2 When the Hero Comes Home: Volume 2
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Witches, Stitches, and Bitches Witches, Stitches, and Bitches
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