About Those Submission Guidelines…

By Tricia Skinner Writers usually spend a great deal of time preparing to send queries to agents they’ve selected as “a good match” for them and their creative work. That may include following agents on social media to get a feel for their...

The 10 Best Ways to Market Your Books

By Laurie McLean 1. Set Goals 2. Create Your Author Brand 3. Perform a Social Media Audit 4. Start Tweeting 5. Form a Fan Base on Facebook 6. Blog! 7. Grow Your Community 8. Join Organizations 9. Network at Events 10. Build an Amazon Author Profile Create Once, Then...

Publishing Predictions for 2019

by Fuse Literary’s co-Founder Laurie McLean The past year has seen a maturation of many of the trends that were sparked by the revolution in publishing that began a decade ago. Indie publishing. Social media marketing. The birth of Author-preneurs. Smart phones...

The Accidental Farewell by J.M. Frey

So, here we are. At the end of a series, and the end of about five years of planning, plotting, scribbling, writing, editing, revising, rewriting, re-editing, re-revising, re-plotting, re-re-planning, and generally . . . just a lot of work. What is it like to finish...

MIDDLE GRADE MONTH: What is “Middle Grade?”

Lately in the querybox I have gotten a lot of submissions labeled “MG/YA”. This makes me angry because I love both YA and MG but you cannot do this.  When querying an agent, an author must pick one primary genre. You might say “It’s Middle...