The publishing industry is competitive, but the writing community doesn’t have to be.
Writer, YouTuber, developmental book editor, and former literary agent Meg LaTorre launched iWriterly as a go-to resource for writers, publishing a variety of content to assist both veteran and aspiring authors in their writerly journeys.
On the iWriterly website, writers can find the latest iWriterly videos, Query Hack critiques, guest blogs, writing tools and resources, author interviews, a pitch contest calendar, Meg’s book reviews, as well as the iWriterly editorial services.
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LATEST PUBLISHABLE EPISODE
How do you decide which publishing path is best for you, traditional or self-publishing? In this Publishable episode, we will discuss:
- The misconceptions of traditional and self-publishing
- Reasons writers might elect to either traditionally- or self-publish
- The pros and cons of traditional/self-publishing
- For self-publishing, what authors must oversee in the publication of their book
- For traditional publishing, what authors are (typically) involved in for the publication of their book
- Marketing for traditionally- and self-published authors
- Author platform
- Advances and royalties
- The writing-to-publication pace for traditional/self-publishing
- Can you financially sustain yourself on your writing?
LATEST iWRITERLY VIDEO
The iWriterly team answers YOUR questions in this special Valentine’s Day Q&A—from each other’s weirdest quirks to how many characters can Kevin name from Meg’s manuscripts.
Ever wondered which publishing path is best for you—self, traditional, or hybrid publishing? Have you always wanted to better understand the nuances of each in order to determine the best home for your book?
Join our three co-hosts, Meg LaTorre of iWriterly (a SFF writer, developmental editor, and former literary agent), Courtney Young (a self-published author who writes under the pen names Lyra Parish and is one-half of the USA TODAY Bestselling duo Kennedy Fox), and Kaitlyn Johnson (a literary agent and developmental editor), in these monthly one-hour episodes as they dive into the intricacies of publishing.
Writers Helping Writers Blog
Querying writers have quite a few hurdles to jump through to secure literary representation. For those of you who don’t know what a query is or what I mean by literary representation, let’s go over a few of the basics to start.
There are a few ways to publish a book, one of those being traditional publishing. As of early 2019, the big five publishers—whose names you have likely heard of many times before—are Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Simon and Schuster. If you want to be published through the big five or through another traditional publisher, you need to have a literary agent.
Many people call literary agents the “gatekeepers” to the traditional publishing industry. Whether or not that’s true, writers have to pitch their unpublished manuscripts to agents via a query letter, which is essentially a professional cover letter all about your book.
Now, imagine you spend years writing and editing a book that an agent (and publisher) doesn’t want.
The iWriterly team asks a group of writers the following question: What is your greatest struggle in your journey as a writer? Thirteen writers (traditionally-published, indie-published, and yet-to-be-published) share what they do to overcome hurdles in their writing careers. The writing community unites in this thirteen-person collab.
Special thank you to all of the writers who shared their experiences in this video.