Amazon Launches New Publishing Imprint for Short Fiction
Amazon is taking another step towards being a content creator with the launch Tuesday of StoryFront, a new platform for publishing short fiction.
As per usual, I am not sure how I feel about this.
#Pitchmadness: Twitter's Contribution to Querying | Publishing Trendsetter
Understand the #pitchmadness query game, including its benefits and pitfalls.This was written by a Yeah Write Review alum! Wahoo!
Publishing salaries ‘a big issue’ | The Bookseller
Publishers have defended their record as employers after claims that book industry employees are facing tough conditions, with starting salaries failing to rise and an increasing use of short-term contracts.
Living in New York and knowing people who’re starting out in publishing, I think about this a lot. I actually got a prelim interview phone call earlier this year from a major publisher, and at the end she said, “The salary for this job is $32,000. Is that acceptable?” I almost laughed aloud—that would have been a significant pay cut from the job I was currently in (my first job out of college), and there was no way I’d be able to cover my rent and student loans and other monthly expenses with a salary that low. I told her as much and that was that.
That would be a pretty damn difficult salary to live on in New York City. Which makes me think that the only people who can swing these entry level publishing jobs are people whose parents can afford to keep supporting them, and that perturbs me.
Here’s what some other yeah writers had to add:
gracegeeksout: In response to your post about publishing salaries in NYC, there’s a particular publishing house in Manhattan that pays its assistant to the president only $20,000 a year. Absolutely insane. After taxes, you’re taking home barely more than $1000 a month! How do they expect anyone to live on that? It’s not like they don’t know what rent is like in NYC, even in the outer boroughs.
Good Lord Birdâ Is Surprise Winner for National Book Award in Fiction
James McBride, who wrote The Good Lord Bird, was considered an underdog. George Packer also won for The Unwinding.
So Random House bought Figment
We are so excited to announce that Figment is becoming part of Random House.
…not too sure how I feel about this. I always kinda liked that Figment was an entity unassociated with a publisher. But I’m happy for the people who started it, I met them briefly and they’ve really grown since then! So congrats to them on that front.
I don’t like this mostly because when you try to explain what a WIP is about, you just end up sounding like an idiot, and the plot sounds terrible. And non-writers don’t understand that fact that an on-the-spot explanation isn’t going to be like the publishing co’s copywriter’s blurb that’ll end up on the inside jacket flap or the back, y’know?
The Andrew Wylie Rules
Learning from Andrew Wylie, who still makes millions off highbrow.
“This The New Republic interview is important reading for anyone interested in the business of publishing and the future of books.” —John Green
The Difference Between A Hardcover And A Hardback
Want to work in publishing? You better know the difference between the two.
Did you know THAT!?
Now you knooooow.
(Side note, we used to get to watch Bill Nye every few Fridays in the 2nd grade, and I remember laughing at the DID YOU KNOW THAT!? star thing with my friend so hard that we cried.
Noooooow you knoooow.)
Creating Emotional Frustration in Your Characters | WritersDigest.com
Frustration is often the most important emotion for fictional characters. Their reaction to failure drives the plot. Using examples and exercises, learn ways to create frustrated characters that will draw your reader into a realistic setting.
In short: If you want to get rich, go to law school and become a corporate attorney. If you want to do something fulfilling and be guaranteed of a living wage, become a teacher. If you want to entertain and enlighten people, become a writer… and be prepared for the possibility that you’ll live on noodles for a long time.
The epic post on money! How do authors get paid? What do authors get paid? When do authors get paid? Everything you ever wanted to know, and probably a bunch of stuff you didn’t!
I got asked this a lot at the school visits I did this past week. Here’s a way better explanation than the one I was able to give off the top of my head.
When you’re a young writer trying to get your manuscript out into the world, there are a lot of scary people trying to take advantage of your naivety!
Don’t let yourself get scammed! This site is full of resources of how to avoid getting screwed when all you want to do is get published. Check it out!
motivation for moving beyond your writing habits: Needing Support When It Is Lacking
Anonymous asked fuckyourwritinghabits:My friends and family tell me writing isn’t a real job and that I should do it on the side. They say it wouldn’t be a very smart choice to make it my job and that I should wait until I’m famous to do it full time. This really discouraged me. Do they have a point? If they don’t, how do I respond to this?
This is really hard to deal with. While I don’t understand their reasoning exactly, I can see where they’re coming from. More and more websites aren’t paying writers for their contributions, relying instead on paying in ‘exposure’ (never work for ‘exposure’). Fictional short stories don’t pay very much, and novel publishing is a long, hard, and scary process.
- Figure out what kind of writing you want to do. Be specific. The more detailed you can make your reasoning, the easier it will be to shut other people up. If you clearly know the industry and know what you’re in for and they don’t, you can silence them with your knowledge.
- Find monetizing options. Copywriting is the least exciting thing out there, but it might pay the bills. Cracked only pays 100$ an article to start with, but it’s a good way to cut your teeth. Learn the ins and outs of what makes money and how much it makes.
- Specialize. Let’s say you want to be a journalist. In order to have an edge, you can get together specific skills-learn a foreign language, become well-versed in economics, study climate change, etc. Even if your path is fiction writing, you still want to find that thing that calls to you and make it your thing.
- Have a back-up plan. My parents stressed having a back-up plan, or a ‘paying’ job when I told them I wanted to be a writer; therefore I have an MA in Teaching ESL. You can stay close to the industry-work in publishing, write for literary magazines, etc-or you can find something you really enjoy and wouldn’t mind doing until you ‘make it’ as a writer. Don’t get me wrong; a lot of writers work shitty jobs before they get their start, often because they have no choice. If this is what you have to do, it’s what you have to do. Don’t be ashamed of working at McDonalds to pay for rent; keep your eyes on your goals, and keep working.
- Get Team You. You need a support team, a Jaeger pit crew, some people to help you get where you need to go. Find that support! Get friends with similar interests, talk to internet buddies. You need encouragement; don’t let others drag you down.
Lots of artists struggle for support from their friends and families; you’re not alone. Stick to your guns, make plans, and work hard. You’ll get there!
I hate hearing about people whose family and friends are naysayers, but FYWH are right: You need a backup plan!! Find a job that pays your bills and write on the side. I work in marketing at a financial company so that I can live in New York City and be around other writers, the best publishing houses, etc. Even very bestselling authors make very, very little on the royalties of their books.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About My College Experience and Writing Education
I get a lot of questions about where I went to school, whether I liked Emerson or UNC, what my creative writing courses were like, and so on. But I had a really unique, all-over-the-place college experience. So I’m doing a big master post of everything you could ever want to know about what happened to me between when I started applying to colleges until I graduated (and a little bit about where I am now, too).