|Author Janet Sketchley|
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Chuck Klosterman wrote the novel DOWNTOWN OWL, which features one of the best accounts of a prairie blizzard I’ve encountered. I was pleased to see he’s also an expert in ethics relating to the current publishing/book-purchasing scene. Here’s a NEW YORK TIMES article by him http://tinyurl.com/osbr5m5
Literary agent Julie Gwinn has joined The Seymour Agency. She’s open to Christian and Inspirational Fiction and Nonfiction, Women’s fiction (contemporary and historical), New Adult, Southern Fiction, Literary Fiction and Young Adult. How to submit: E-query julie [at] theseymouragency.com. Be sure to include: genre/target audience, word count, contact information, references (conference, recommendation, etc.). No attachments, please. All of The Seymour Agency agents ask that you paste the first five pages of your manuscript into the bottom of your email. “Simultaneous submissions are acceptable for queries and partials. However, we only review complete manuscripts on an exclusive basis.”
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Have you self-published a book? Been selling it yourself but now hope to find an agent to represent it and you to publishers? This article may give you some ideas: http://tinyurl.com/o3qe2lx
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Other Side of the River by Janice L. Dick: a review
|Janice L. Dick lives in Watrous, Saskatchewan.|
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Do you have a friend or acquaintance with a new book coming out? Good ideas here on how to help him or her spread the word: http://tinyurl.com/ol4rhj8
However, I think turning the book cover-out in a bookstore could backfire since the staff probably knows which books should be face-out and which not. Publishers in some cases pay for that kind of exposure.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Here’s a nifty bit of news. Interesting idea: quilt your book cover or have someone do it. Could be a business opportunity in there somewhere.
Friesens, Avalon Travel's primary travel guide printer, located in Altona, Manitoba, commemorates when a book hits a million printed copies with a quilt of the cover of the book, crafted by a group of local women. Collectively, Avalon’s guidebooks reached the million unit mark. On September 9, Friesens presented Jane Musser (l.), v-p of production at Avalon, and Bill Newlin (r.), publisher, Avalon Group, with the Moon Guides and Rick Steves’ quilts.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
I don’t know much about this organization except what’s below, but they could be a good resource if you work on or with kids’ or young adult materials.
“JacketFlap has become the world's largest and most comprehensive resource for information on the children's book industry. Writers, illustrators, librarians, agents, editors, publicists, and publishers visit JacketFlap every day.” More info at http://www.jacketflap.com/
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Join the 55 project by writing a poem inspired by Isaiah chapter 55. Go to http://www.55project.blogspot.ca/. On the right, scroll down to find the heading Join the Project.
Valerie Noble is a new Associate Agent at Donaghy Literary Group. She is seeking Young Adult, and New Adult in the following areas:
• Science Fiction YA/NA
• Fantasy YA/NA
• Historical Fantasy YA/NA
• Historical Fiction YA/NA
Valerie loves YA/NA science fiction and fantasy (think Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins) but reads everything under the sun. For her, it’s more about the writing and less about the genre. In saying that, Valerie is generally not interested in romance or paranormal.
Submission Instructions: Electronic Submissions only. Send the query letter, 1-2 page synopsis and the first 10 pages of manuscript — all in body of email, no attachments. Send to query(at)donaghyliterary(dot)com.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Ashberry Lane, a newish Christian publisher, invites submissions of middle grade, young adult, and adult novels. Guidelines are here: http://ashberrylane.com/submissions-guidelines/