Where Books Come From – Part Two: Enter the Literary Agent

Quick recap: Part One began with a list of major players who contribute to the book publishing process, from agents and editors to distributors and more. It also began with quite a few questions. The focus of the previous blog post, as well as what’s to come, is to examine the publishing industry in a relatable way in order to discover why traditional publishers function as they do, and whether or not the system can or should be changed.READ MORE

Where Books Come From – Part Three: Big Houses versus Little Indies

Quick recap: Last post I took a very brief look at what it means to start the publishing process. Most of what I discussed was common knowledge—the fact that the writing process takes time, the fact that the first step to publishing a book is deciding between traditional or indie publishing and the fact that a literary agent is the key to reaching major publishers.READ MORE

Where Books Come From – Part Four: How We Discover the Books We Read

Quick recap: In last month’s installment of Where Books Come From, I began uncovering a not-so-secret secret about the traditional publishing industry—there are many individuals responsible for the creation of a book besides the author. Although often tasked with publishing smaller-name authors with limited resources, indie presses are no less legitimate than the big-name publishing houses.READ MORE

Where Books Come From – Part Five: What We’ve Learned

Quick recap: In our last installment, we began candidly discussing the main differences between traditional publishing and indie publishers. What was made clear is that indie publishers are more likely to take risks on books, while big-name publishers usually stick to authors and to books that can guarantee sales. And readers who take risks make it possible for authors to take risks too.READ MORE