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.
VIEW THE Latest videos, articles, & more:
LATEST PUBLISHABLE EPISODE
Whether you are or are intending to traditionally or self-publish, learn how to effectively market your book, when to get started, where to invest your money and time, and the dos and don’t of marketing in this two-part series all about marketing your novel. In this Publishable episode, we will discuss the following:
- When to market your book
- Marketing basics every author should try to do
- How to overcome the fear of putting yourself out there
- What marketing “typically” looks like for self- and traditionally-published authors
- The minimum amount of marketing traditionally-published authors are expected to do
- Do publishers care if authors actively market their books?
- What authors can do if their publishers aren’t marketing their books as much as they’d hoped
- Bare minimum marketing strategies self-published authors should utilize
- How much of the advance should be put toward marketing?
- How does social media play into marketing?
- How much money can self-published authors expect to spend on marketing?
- Marketing strategies for pre-release
- The dos and don’ts for author websites and newsletters (more to come in episode 2!)
- Cover reveals, blog tours, book tours, distributing ARCs, etc. (more to come in episode 2!)
- Connecting with bookish influencers
- AND MORE!
LATEST iWRITERLY VIDEO
An employee from Scribendi reached out to the iWriterly team to see if we would be interested in reviewing the company’s editorial services in exchange for a free critique. Learn what we thought of the popular Canadian editing company in this iWriterly video.
Today’s video will be broken down into two parts:
- A review of Scribendi’s first chapter critique
- A review of Scribendi’s editorial packages and pricing
Due to time constraints and our specialties at iWriterly, we will only review the following editorial packages: manuscript critique, manuscript editing, manuscript proofreading, and query package creation.
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.