• Posted on August 16, 2017 2:19 am

    I had the chance to talk with Candace Robinson, author of Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault, and pick her brain on her writing and publishing process! As a lot of writers know, writing and publishing is hard work; and it's even harder against the demands of balancing work and a family. In the ever changing publishing world, I think it's important to learn from other authors - and Candace is so nice and easy to talk to! I loved reading her work, and I recommend checking it out! (More information is at the end of this interview) When did you decide to become a writer? So, I’m 32 now, and it would have been at 31 when I wrote Quinsey. I wanted to write a book toward the end of senior year in high school, but I just kind of let everything sit there in my brain. I used to write poetry when I

  • Posted on April 25, 2017 2:36 am

    Most success stories of self-published authors begin like this: an amateur author puts up a story on Amazon. To their utter disbelief, the book is a success. It sells thousands of copies, eventually catching the attention of major publishers and movie executives; and the rest is history. My story is a bit different. I put up "The Divinity Bureau" on Amazon by the tenth rejection letter. I told myself, "Screw these people. I'm going to make it on my own." I heard stories of famous people that had overcome rejection, from Albert Einstein to J.K. Rowling. I thought that if they could do it, then I could as well. First week of sales: I sold five copies. I made $25. The next week wasn't much better. Eventually, sales just tapered off completely. It was a far cry from the overnight success that I once hoped for. By the second month, I

  • Posted on April 23, 2017 3:21 am

    If you've ever tried submitting your book to a major publisher, there's a good chance that you were told to come back when you got an agent. And if you've ever gotten a rejection letter (or a hundred), you've probably wondered who these gatekeepers were. So, what do you need to become a literary agent? Nothing. No degree, no qualifications, not even a background check. Even a cook making minimum wage at a fast-food place requires a food handlers card, which is still more licensures than what a literary agent needs. That's not to say that it's an easy industry to break into. Because the barriers to entry are low, it's fiercely competitive. Most of the established agents in the industry have worked hard to network with publishing houses and negotiate to secure the best deals for their clients. Also, most have begun their careers as interns for other agencies or