Friday’s Links and Questions for Nicola Morgan

On Wednesday we introduced you to prolific author, consultant and popular blogger Nicola Morgan, and as promised, today is your opportunity to ask her any of your own questions about publishing, writing and other literary concerns. Just leave your questions in the comments section of this post, and check back later for answers.

Selected posts from Nicola’s blog, Help! I Need a Publisher!
Failure to be published: the harsh reality

What to expect around publication

Book launch truths

Deciphering your rejection letter(s)

In defense of authors

Additional literary news:

Ravit Lichtenberg predicts ten ways social media will change in 2010

Numerous sources are reporting that both Kirkus Reviews and Editor & Publisher will be ceasing publication.

The New York Times reports that some publishers are delaying the release of e-book editions of some new titles due to possible concerns that they might cut into hardcover sales.

Some independent bookstores are fighting competition from e-book sales and chain retailers by importing UK editions of books not due for sale yet in the United States.

Leading periodical publishers have formed a venture that some are describing as a “Hulu for Magazines.”

n653213921_1671825_1056996Matt Staggs is a literary publicist and the proprietor of Deep Eight LLC, a boutique publicity agency utilizing the best publicity practices from the worlds of traditional media and evolving social technologies. He has worked in the fields of public relations and journalism for almost a decade. In addition to his work as a publicist, Matt is a book reviewer and writer whose work appears in both print and web publications.

3 thoughts on “Friday’s Links and Questions for Nicola Morgan

  1. Happy Friday Nicola!

    A question about publication credits? I am considering working on a textbook in my "day-job" field of expertise (Mobile Games) and was wondering if that would also count as a "publishing credit" with regards to publishing fiction in the future. Do credits cross genre from fiction to nonfiction? Or is it considered irrelevant when looking for an agent.

    Thanks so much!

  2. Stacey and Deb – Hi and I'm so sorry you didn't get any answers from me sooner! I didn't know the post was here, as I only had a link to the interview, so I didn't know there were some questions here too!

    Re publication credits – interesting question. Really, any genuine publishing credit (which I'm afraid does not include self-publishing, simply because that's not objectively rated, only author-rated) is useful because it says that you are serious and professional; it also provides the agent with the possibility of checking what you've done. Obviously, a fiction publication would be more relevant and therefore useful but any publication is better than nothing. Good luck!

    Deb – there is a big difference in some ways, but it's quite hard to pinpoint and define. There are some topics which the US market doesn't like or want – eg anything that touches on criticising religion. But more than that there are different "tones" and voices that seem to cross the Atlantic better. Thing is that a Brit can only sound like a Brit and a US writer can only sound like a US writer – it's a matter of accent. There's a perception that US readers don't like a British voice in writing (fic and Non-fic) but that Brits don't mind. I think there's some truth in that.

    Also, the US is a much bigger market, but the UK produces many more books per capita.

    But apart from that all I can say is that the two ways of writing feel different but I can't explain how! Sorry!

    Thanks for your comment about my blog and I'm sorry again that I didn't find your questions sooner

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