James Ferry Comes Clean in New Memoir about Life As a Coke Dealer

Pubmission awarded its first 5-star editor rating to a submission titled Swirls in the Negative Space. In an interview with its author, James Ferry shares insights on his creative process, the risks of using real names in memoirs, and the steps writers must take before they submit their work to publishers. Continue reading

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Why Aspiring Authors Need to Believe in Santa Claus

It’s a moment I don’t look forward to. When the time comes, and my feet are held to the fire, how will I handle the question: “Daddy, is there really a Santa Claus?” My son, about to turn six two … Continue reading

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Sisyphus and the Slush Pile

Last month marked the 100th birthday of Albert Camus, and a podcast I listened to about his life and work reminded me of how “The Myth of Sisyphus” factored into an early design concept for Pubmission. Any publisher who has … Continue reading

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Starving Readers: Adjust Your Book Marketing Mindset

My clients often struggle with the task of accurately defining their target market. When it comes to book marketing, the challenge for publishers and self-publishers seems especially acute. Our books are created out of love. They’re our babies, and as … Continue reading

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Before You Submit: 5 Questions for Port Yonder Press

We’re starting a new series on Pubmission to highlight up and coming independent publishers who still accept writing submissions from first-time authors. The idea is to dig a bit deeper than what submission guidelines will normally reveal to writers. We’re starting … Continue reading

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Let There Be Night! How to Approach the 3rd Person Point of View

I often forget that the 3rd person point of view can be a tricky thing for new writers. Writing gives us this god-like ability to fabricate new worlds from nothingness, and it’s hard to resist the temptation to create the … Continue reading

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Publishing Contracts: What Writers Should Know

Congratulations, you did it! You landed a publishing contract! You’re about to get paid to for your writing. Can you believe it? People actually make money doing this! Pat yourself on the back, but once the euphoria wears off, roll … Continue reading

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Book Agents Are People Too: What I Learned from Working with Them

Agents: they can strike both fear and excitement in the heart of an author looking to get ahead in the writing profession. Who are these people and what can they do for you? That depends more on what you can … Continue reading

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Fact to Fiction: Moving from Nonfiction to Historical Fiction Writing

After spending most of her career writing nonfiction, author Marie Bartlett made the switch to historical fiction, so I asked her to share with us her advice on what it takes to transition from fact to fiction. Her first historical … Continue reading

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Online Book Marketing That Works: An Interview with Matt Frazier, the No Meat Athlete

Last November, I decided to commit myself to a healthier lifestyle. I became ‘mostly’ vegan and started training for a half-marathon, but I wanted some help with planning a diet that would accommodate my exercise level. So I did a … Continue reading

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Calls for Submissions: Week of February 24, 2013

Requests for writing submissions we’ve come across this week. Like last week, most of these are small presses and online magazines. Be sure to read each publisher’s submission guidelines thoroughly before you submit work. Cactus Heart Press “Cactus Heart seeks new … Continue reading

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Calls for Submissions: Week of February 17, 2013

A short list of requests for writing submissions we’ve come across this week. Most of these are small presses, but you have to start somewhere! Let me know if this is helpful and something we should continue to do each … Continue reading

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Penguin to Book Designer: Do a Bad Job

I just had to share this story courtesy of The Independent’s Friday Book Design Blog by Jonathon Gibbs because it made me both laugh out loud and cry a little on the inside. If there was ever a story that epitomizes what … Continue reading

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Beta Books! How The Pragmatic Bookshelf Is Rethinking the Author-Reader Relationship

This morning, I came across this quote in Predictable Revenue, a book by Aaron Ross and Marylou Tyler: People, when under pressure or stress, tend to retreat to the safe place of what they know rather than taking the risk of … Continue reading

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Marketing a Memoir: An Interview with Sugarhouse Author Matthew Batt

About 18 years ago, I met Matthew Batt while playing, of all things, touch football with a group of fellow grad students. Maybe it was flag football, hard to say. But after reading Matt’s memoir Sugarhouse, which recounts in vivid … Continue reading

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Pubmission Creative Launches Website for Author Matthew Batt

We’re happy to announce the launch of our first author website at www.matthewcbatt.com through our new Pubmission Creative service! Matt Batt is a professor the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He published his first book, a memoir titled … Continue reading

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Book Marketing in Balance: An Interview with Author Prajna Ana

The internal focus that’s required in the authorship of a book often stands in stark contrast to the subsequent (or even concurrent) efforts to publish and market that book. Yet, author Prajna Ana seems to have come to terms with … Continue reading

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The Haven Journal: New Pubmission Publisher Member!

We’re happy to welcome a new online journal to our publisher member ranks. The Haven Journal is a Christian magazine dedicated “to women’s challenges.” As they put it: Most women’s magazines promote harmful expectations and impossible standards, making it  a … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Hacked This New Year: 6 Simple Tips for Boosting Online Security

If last year was the year of the author platform, this will be the year for keeping that platform safe and secure. The more we writers and publishers venture into the online arena, the more vulnerable we become and the more savvy the bad guys get. Continue reading

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Should Literary Agents Start Charging by the Hour?

If a literary agent charges fees of any kind, writers are told to avoid them like the plague. But is the standard 15% cut any better for the writer? Continue reading

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