Publishing & Publishers

Using a Different Name

Nathan Burgoine’s Pseudonums vs. Identities post is a great, detailed post about the issue. Definitely worth a read.


Editing vs Proofreading : 18 Things Writers Need To Know About Editing And Proofreading
A good, short breakdown of the differences and similarities between editing and proofreading, from Writers Write.



When I worked in acquisitions we received a lot of submissions. This meant that time was limited and that the query letter was the decider on whether I went further and looked at the synopsis and manuscript. Here are 5 Tips To Writing Better Query Letters from The Writer’s Circle to help authors with getting past that first step.

Reasons an Erotic Romance Story can be Rejected : this is a great article not only for those writing an erotic romance, but for anything. The points raised (apart from number seven, which I feel is only a problem with those publishers who have a minimum heat rating) are issues I found in too many stories when I was an acquisistions editor.


Publisher Warnings

How do you know a puiblisher is safe to publish with? Research!

Here are a couple of sites that may help.

Piers Anthony’s Publisher Warnings include a comprehensive listing of not only publishers, but also  services in the publishing industry, with many being updated whenever they receive new information.

Writer Beware



A Culture Addicted to Free : A great article from Kristen Lamb about how the expectation of ‘free’ is killing creatives. Has some interesting solutions, too.

Matthew Wright’s post follows up Kristen Lamb’s article on free killing creatives, offering a different viewpoint but reaching the same conclusion.

Following the two articles above, here is another about working for free, this one from about Wil Wheaton and an amateur author/entrepreneur about volunteering free work, and the line between being taken advantage of and working for free to get “exposure”.

I don’t hide the fact that I don’t like Amazon, its policies, or its attempts to control the publishing world. This article, Think You Couldn’t Possibly Lose You Amazon Account?, should be read by any author publishing or distributing with them, or thinking of it.

Using QR Codes to Expand the Reading Experience


How to Handle Those Dreaded (and Appreciated) Reviews

Three Stars Is Not a Bad Review : an article from Book Riot


Posts About Self-Publishing

How to Pick the Size of your Book from The Book Designer is a very useful post on choosing the size of your print book.

Ciara Ballintyne’s post on The Solution to Ebook Pricing provides some interesting point to consider when pricing a book.

Typeface: These posts from The Book Designer might help when you are trying to decide which typeface to use: 5 Favorite Free Fonts and 3 Typefaces for Books.

This post on how much attention should be paid to Book Design is invaluabe.

Book Design Quick Tips for Self-Publishers

How to Organize Your Book’s Front Matter

7 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Book Design

The Problem With Reading Books on the Small Screen  goes into the differences between formatting for an ebook and formatting for print.


Self-Publishing Printing Companies

Print-on-Demand (POD) or Short Runs?

Lightning Source : with printing sites in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, and the US, shipping costs are dramatically reduced for readers world wide. (If you didn’t know, shipping is horribly expensive if, for example, a book is printed in the US and then shipped to Australia, sometimes even AU$60 or more)

Createspace : (this is an Amazon company, just in case you don’t like to use Amazon)

The Book Patch


Ebook Only:



How to Publish on Wattpad

Amazon Alternatives : For those who refuse to use Amazon

This post on How to Sell Your eBook Directly with Payhip  by 1976Write offers an alternative to Amazon (or maybe an extra income stream if you do use Amazon)

(thank you to the Queer Sci Fi Facebook page for some of these recommendations)


Useful ebook Programs:

Jutoh : well worth the small, one-off cost, and can be used either for simple formatting for beginners or complicated formatting for experienced users. I use it myself and find it extremely easy and enjoyable to use.

Calibre : A free program that you can make a donation for using if you wish.

Scrivener : Quite a few of the authors I know recommend Scrivener for long projects or series. It won’t try to tell you how to write – it just makes all the tools you have scattered around your desk available in one application. Here is a good post from Michael Hyatt about his experiences with the program. Scrivener also has a non-consecutive 30-day free trial period if you want to give it a go first.

Evernote is another program I have heard authors recommend. It’s a cross-platform app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. It has both a free and paid version. This is the Wikipedia information on the program. Here is an article from life hacker on using it, and how the blogger went from being ho-hum about it to loving it.