Yesterday, my husband and I ran a Puerto Rico hurricane relief drop-off center in our community.
I read once that “we are all interconnected in a web of kindness from which it is impossible to separate ourselves,” in a book by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
Yesterday, I finally understood what he meant.
This Saturday September 30th we will be organizing a supplies drive to help people affected by Hurricane María in Puerto Rico.
The business of publishing. Seriously, how much money will my book make?
Literary agent Rubin Pfeffer was in Atlanta last spring. He gave an insightful talk about the business of publishing and how much an author makes from each book sold. This is what he said:
Once you turn a manuscript over to an agent you walk away from the creative side and you walk into the business side. Becoming a full time authors is down the road (way down).
How much money will you make?
Middle grade is hot.
Agents and editors are seeking more middle grade content as an answer to a saturated young adult market.
In the spring, I attended a talk on writing and publishing middle grade novels with Sky Pony Press senior editor, Alison Weiss.
She gave a list of the 12 most common middle grade manuscript pitfalls she sees in her query inbox.
MG = middle grade
YA = young adult
DA= diverse author
Problem #1 Your character is too young or too old