Spiritual Books by Black Women

For Black History Month, I’m highlighting a few books by Black women authors about faith, spirituality, and communal thriving. Add them to your reading list! In My Grandmother’s House by Yolanda Pierce The church mothers who raised Yolanda Pierce, dean of Howard University School of Divinity, were busily focused on her survival. In a worldContinue reading “Spiritual Books by Black Women”

Please DO write a memoir. Please DON’T try to sell that memoir.

Unlike many publishers (who accept submissions exclusively through agents), Broadleaf books has an open submissions inbox where anyone can pitch their book to us. I check it every week and have found some incredible projects from unrepresented authors. But every week, more than half (and sometimes nearly all) of the proposals I see in thatContinue reading “Please DO write a memoir. Please DON’T try to sell that memoir.”

LGBTQ+ Spiritual Books

For Pride month, I’m highlighting a few books by LGBTQ+ authors about faith, spirituality, and human thriving. Add them to your reading list or gift them to a friend! Worth It by Brit Barron Brit Barron grew up in an Evangelical megachurch in the ’90s, trying to fit neatly inside the boundaries her church andContinue reading “LGBTQ+ Spiritual Books”

What goes in a book proposal?

If you’ve spent any time researching the book publishing process, you’ve likely encountered a variety of perspectives on what makes up a good book proposal. I suppose this post is simply my contribution to the crowded conversation, but, in my view, most advice about book proposals is over doing it. Editors and agents receive dozens—evenContinue reading “What goes in a book proposal?”

What your publisher will do for you, and what they won’t

I know that the publishing process is often opaque, and many authors—especially first-time authors—don’t know what to expect. Knowing a bit more about what your publisher likely will and won’t do for you will hopefully empower you as you go through the process. Let me start by saying: publishing is a partnership. It is noContinue reading “What your publisher will do for you, and what they won’t”

Making the most out of your relationship with your editor

Whether you’re hiring a freelance editor to help you polish your manuscript before querying or self-publishing, or working with your assigned editor after selling your book to a publishing house, you’ll want to make the most out of that editorial relationship. Let’s go over some of the common pitfalls and advantages to working with anContinue reading “Making the most out of your relationship with your editor”

Types of Editors

No two editors are the same, but editorial roles fall into a handful of categories. If you’re wondering what kind of editor you need for your book project at this point in its life, I hope this list will be helpful! Acquisitions Editors acquire manuscripts for a publishing house. They review manuscripts and proposals fromContinue reading “Types of Editors”

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