Category Archives: Publishing

Guest Post: Rachel Grinti on Collaboration and Publishing

(Editor’s note: For our last post of 2011, Alpha graduate and soon-to-be debut author Rachel Grinti is here to talk about what it’s like to co-author [and publish!] a novel. Happy holidays, and we’ll see you in 2012!)

My husband Mike and I sold our debut novel this year. It’s a middle grade Read more

Don’t Undervalue Yourself: Get Paid

Your writing is valuable.  Your time, your words and your skill have gone into honing a story, and that story is worth something.

Getting published is hard.  There are a lot of unpublished authors in this world, and only so many paying markets.  This gives publishers a lot of power.  They can ask for Read more

Recent Alphan Publications

This post is short, but exciting! Two Alpha alumni, Allison Jamieson-Lucy (2009 & 2010) and Evelyn Wang (2010) have recently published short stories.

Allison’s story, “To Soothe Ravaged Throats,” can be found at Daily Science Fiction, and Evelyn’s story, “Tippler’s Bane,” is available in podcast form over at Pseudopod. Congratulations to Allison Read more

The Single Most Common Problem with Application Stories

…is manuscript format. Every year.

Why manuscript format?

Because it makes things easier.

You can write in whatever format you want. Write in pencil at the end of your Algebra notebook, scribble in pen on receipts, write white-on-blue on the computer, dictate to a person or a program Read more

Learning to Love Your Rejection Letters

I have a confession to make: I love rejection letters. My heart skips a beat every time one appears in my e-mail inbox, and before I click to open it I revel in the delicious sensation of not knowing what the e-mail contains. You may imagine that this anticipation is due to wondering whether the Read more

Where to Submit Your Stories

If you want to become a published author, the first step is to send your work out to paying markets. For novelists, that means writing query letters and proposals and a bunch of other stuff we’re not talking about today. Short story writers have it a bit easier. Finish your story, choose where you want Read more

Submitting Stories for Publication as a Young Adult

As a young person, you are likely to get a lot of writing advice along the lines of “practice makes perfect,” implying that you are still young, you have your whole life ahead of you, and you should focus on “practicing” your writing, stashing it all away someplace where no one other than friends and Read more