{Coffee with Kara}: Everyone loves a trope!

{Coffee with Kara}: Everyone loves a trope!

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 [...]

{Coffee with Kara}: The Author-Editor Relationship, Part 3

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 [...]

{Coffee with Kara}: The Author-Editor Relationship, Part 2

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 [...]

{Coffee with Kara}: The Author-Editor Relationship, Part 1

{Coffee with Kara}: The Author-Editor Relationship, Part 1

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.

{Coffee with Kara} Romance vs Women’s Fiction

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 [...]

{Coffee with Kara}: Knowing Your Place — Age Categories & Genre

{Coffee with Kara}: Knowing Your Place — Age Categories & Genre

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.

{Coffee with Kara}: Revise & Resubmit, Please!

{Coffee with Kara}: Revise & Resubmit, Please!

Recently, one of my authors asked me: Why would you send an R&R rather than offer a contract and work with the author on the issues during developmental or content edits? And I thought: What a great blog post idea! So, here we are 🙂 What exactly is an R&R? In publishing, an R&R stands [...]

{Coffee with Kara} What’s in a Pitch?

{Coffee with Kara} What’s in a Pitch?

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 [...]