Burning Questions About Book Publishing: From start to finish, how does a book end up on a bookstore shelf?

By Ruta Rimas As a publishing professional, I’m often asked about the process of book-making, how a Word document is transformed into a beautiful, typeset, bound, physical object that one can purchase. The answer seems obvious —  write, send off the files to the printer et voilà! Book! — but many are surprised by how … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: From start to finish, how does a book end up on a bookstore shelf?

A Unique Burden: Interview with Writer Leland Cheuk

by Julie Chibbaro Some writers, even though they’re so different from you, make you want to be just like them. I think of Leland Cheuk, whom I met over fifteen years ago at the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, as one of those writers—despite our differences, I admire him so much. At Squaw Valley, Leland and … Continue reading A Unique Burden: Interview with Writer Leland Cheuk

Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What are editors thinking about when they want to buy a manuscript?

By Ruta Rimas Thank you to those of you who submitted questions about book publishing. My two previous posts address the most common question – agents and what they do! (Post 1 here, Post 2 here) The next question I was asked delves into the business of book publishing: What are editors thinking about when … Continue reading Burning Questions About Book Publishing: What are editors thinking about when they want to buy a manuscript?

Interview with Literary Agent Linda Pratt: Pros and Cons of Self-publishing

by Julie Chibbaro After hosting a number of traditionally published authors, we recently had a self-published writer as a guest at our Get Lit Beacon literary salon. Many writers in the audience were curious about the self-publishing process, and how it might affect their chances of eventually having their writing traditionally published. I asked agent … Continue reading Interview with Literary Agent Linda Pratt: Pros and Cons of Self-publishing