{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 [...]

{Coffee with Kara}: Clean vs Christian Fiction

{Coffee with Kara}: Clean vs Christian Fiction

Recently, I've seen a lot of discussion online--on both Twitter and in Facebook groups--about the difference between clean fiction and Christian fiction, and considering my own experiences with this recently, I figured...why not talk about? Christian fiction are books that are inherently "clean" in that they usually don't contain cursing / coarse language, sex, or [...]

Coffee Time with Kara: Insta-Love

Coffee Time with Kara: Insta-Love

  Good morning! Coffee Time with Kara is a new, weekly feature here on the blog where I--Kara Leigh Miller, Editorial Director for Anaiah press--will share tips, tricks, and secrets about writing, querying, publishing, and everything in between. So, grab your cup of coffee and get comfy...     It should come as no surprise [...]

Coffee Time with Kara: Pitfalls of Boring Writing

Coffee Time with Kara: Pitfalls of Boring Writing

  Good morning! Coffee Time with Kara is a new, weekly feature here on the blog where I--Kara Leigh Miller, Editorial Director for Anaiah press--will share tips, tricks, and secrets about writing, querying, publishing, and everything in between. So, grab your cup of coffee and get comfy...     The first book I ever wrote, [...]

Coffee Time with Kara: Perfect Character Syndrome

Coffee Time with Kara: Perfect Character Syndrome

  Good morning! Coffee Time with Kara is a new, weekly feature here on the blog where I--Kara Leigh Miller, Editorial Director for Anaiah press--will share tips, tricks, and secrets about writing, querying, publishing, and everything in between. So, grab your cup of coffee and get comfy...     Perfect Character Syndrome--I don't think this [...]