How does one train to be a fiction editor?

  When I guest blogged at Random Writing Rants the other day, a commenter asked about how one gets trained as a fiction editor. Here’s an expanded version of my answer. I belong to two professional associations, both of which provide editor training: Editorial Freelancers Association The Christian PEN: Proofreaders …

What having a publisher gets you

The self-publishing revolution has a lot of writers asking whether they even need a publisher. It’s a fair question. So let’s take a look at what a publisher does for an author. First and foremost, as I’ve said before, the publisher pays the bill. That is, the publisher fronts all …

Why the traditional publishing model is broken

As we discussed last week, in the royalty or “traditional” publishing model, the publisher pays the author for rights to publish a book. That’s the simple explanation, but in fact there are all kinds of complications in this system. The up-front payment authors receive for their book is called an advance, …

How publishing works

I once sat across a coffee shop table with a client and outlined the publishing process for him. He was astounded. It never occurred to him that someone else would bear the cost of producing his book. He was more familiar with the manufacturing business model, where if you want …

Q&A: Do we really need Microsoft Word?

I’ve been asking myself this question lately, because Microsoft’s business strategy has turned positively creepy. To encourage people to move to its new subscription model, Office 365, Microsoft changed the licensing on Office 2013 to tie each copy of Office to a specific piece of hardware. In other words, if …

Counting the costs of self-publishing

The announcement by Jerry B. Jenkins that his Christian Writers Guild is getting into the author services business created a bit of a ruckus in the publishing business. Victoria Strauss put together a great analysis of CWG Publishing over at the Writer Beware blog. Some people are calling CWGP a …

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