Sisters in Crime Publishers’ Summit

Some members of the Sisters in Crime visited Harper Collins, agent Simon Lipskar of Writers House, Penguin, and Soho Press on their Publisher’s Summit (See their first installment/second installment).

They report (according to the folks they met) the hot genre is the thriller, “positioning” the story is key, writers need to write lots (more than one book a year, blog everywhere), authors need a “strong Internet presence,” and remember that publishing is a business.

It’s a fascinating read for someone like me, interested in what it takes to get published and what it means once you’re published.

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Maybe "Heartwood of Darkness" isn’t the best title

On a recent podcast of A Way with Words, I heard about a contest that I’m pretty sure I don’t want to win: The Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. This year’s winner is If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs. I like one of the runners-up: I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen.

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(Jumping the) Query Shark

Jumping the shark nowadays meaning doing something so outside of what a character/TV series what do that the storyline moves in a bizarre direction.

However writing to the Query Shark is a good thing. She’s an agent who receives query letters and critiques the letter. Here’s a perfect one in her opinion.

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