Building the Next Generation of YA Stars (Webinar)

Last month I attended a webinar hosted by Publisher’s Weekly, called “Building the Next Generation of YA Stars.” The speakers included the editorial director of Disney-Hyperion and the executive editor of Harlequin Teen. Together they covered new marketing strategies for YA novels, trends, and what they look for when acquiring books.  Continue reading


E-Books in the Global Marketplace

Last November, I attended an interesting webinar co-hosted by BISG and DBW, called E-Books in the Global Marketplace. Though this post is a little late, the information is still relevant, and I think it’s worth sharing some of the findings. Continue reading

More Resources for Digital Publishing

I’ve extended my blog to include a large, hopefully helpful, list of resources that cover all aspects of digital publishing: agents, analytics, apps, associations, blogging, coding, contests/awards, design, distribution, ebooks, editing, entrepreneurial, funding, internships, jobs, legal, magazines, marketing, metadata, news, reading, reviews, self-publishing, startups, trends, video, webinars, and writing. (If I’ve missed anything, please let me know). 

All of the resources can be found at It can also be found in the “Resources” tab on this blog.

These resources are articles, services, and links that I’ve learned about over the past few years. I plan to add more daily. It’s impossible to blog about them all, and some of them are better off as just links, so hopefully this page is of some use. And, if anyone knows of resources I may have missed, please let me know so I can add them!


What’s Going on With Readers Today?

A while back, Goodreads asked publishers what questions they would like to ask readers. The results of the Goodreads survey from December 2012 are now up, and there are some interesting finds. I do wonder, however, how accurate these findings are. Yes, Goodreads has a huge base of readers, but the ones who decided to answer this survey may be more avid readers than most. Just my thoughts on it though–the results are still very valuable to publishers and authors.
Here are some of the highlights: Continue reading

Writing Contests

A great way to get in to writing is to enter contests. If you win, you have a publishing credit to your name, and you can use that to build your portfolio and impress more publishers and editors (if you go the traditional publishing route). Even if you decide to self-publish, you can use your published works to build a platform and get your name out to your readers.

Recently I found two interesting writing contests.

The Great American Author

This is a month-long contest, held three times a year. Winners receive a $1000 prize, along with manuscript development, and editing coach, and the possibility of winning an iPad.

So You Think You Can Write

Run by Harlequin, this contest will begin in September. Submit fully written manuscripts and join an intense week-long online conference.


So You Want to Write a Novel

After taking a ton of creative writing classes and working in the publishing industry a little bit, I can say that this video is hilarious and touches upon all the issues/ideas new writers may have. I remember once I saw Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, speak, and he addressed the condension most writers face.

“Writing is the only profession that everyone thinks they can do,” he said. “I meet a lot of people who say, ‘oh, you’re a writer? I’ve always meant to write a novel, but I just haven’t found the time.’ But no one says to a cardiologist, ‘oh, you’re a heart surgeon? I’ve always wanted to perform heart surgery, I just haven’t found the time.'”

Thanks to my Book Acquisitions & Editing teacher for sending me the link to this video! Enjoy.