Tropes in fiction are very popular, especially in romance. In fact, nearly every book on the market has some form of a trope in it. But, what exactly is a trope? According to Merriam-Webster online, a trope is defined as "a common or overused theme or device." Now, you're probably wondering why on earth something [...]
In the first part (read it here), I discussed the editorial process at Anaiah and then gave a list of questions every author should ask about editing prior to signing a contract. In the second part (read it here), I listed the five things your editor will expect from you. And today, I'm going to [...]
If you haven't yet read part one of this series, click HERE to catch up. In part one, I briefly discussed the editorial process here at Anaiah and then listed some editing-related questions every author should ask when negotiating a publishing contract. Today, I'm going to talk about the five things your editor will expect [...]
For so many authors, editing is the single scariest part of the publishing process. You've worked months, sometimes years on your book, and the thought of a stranger coming in and changing your words, your vision, is terrifying! So, ask questions! Know what to expect. It will make the entire process that much easier.
I've seen a lot of discussions lately, both publicly and in private groups, about book reviews. And the same few questions keep resurfacing... Is a reader obligated to leave a review? Is a reader obligated to leave only a positive review?Should an author read their reviews?Is it okay for an author to publicly share a [...]
Today, in the US, it's Memorial Day--a day to remember all the men and women who've fought and died for our country. So, in honor of this holiday, I thought it would be fun to take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on some of the many books I've edited. FIRST -- One of [...]
In my last post, I discussed knowing your place in terms of category and genre. Today, I'm going to go a bit deeper and talk about two specific genres that tend to get mixed up quite a bit. ROMANCE: According to The Romance Writers of America, a romance is defined as a novel containing two [...]
In a query letter, authors are often instructed to include the book's details -- title, word count, age category, and genre. This is to help the editor know internally where the book belongs in terms of imprints; it helps marketing know how to promote the book, and it helps booksellers know where to shelve your book in stores / libraries.
Recently on Twitter, there has been #FaithPitch and #PitMad, which are popular events in which authors can pitch their books in 280-characters or less for agents and/or editors to see. It's a fun way to "skip the slush pile." It can also be daunting to condense an entire novel into one or two sentences, especially [...]