An opinion podcast about writing, the writing community, and how to not be an asshole author hosted by author and publisher, Crystal L. Kirkham. All views expressed in this podcast are entirely my own, devised with the knowledge and research available to me at the time of recording. They do not represent the opinions of any other entity with which I have been, am now, or will be affiliated. However, I am human and subject to error. Gentle correction is always appreciated. If you enjoyed this podcast, consider donating on Ko-Fiko-fi.com/crystallkirkham
You've got to know your genres to get your book into the right hands—whether reader, agent, or publisher. If you don't nail this part, there is a good chance things aren't going to go so smoothly.
And with so many genres and sub-genres to keep track of, sometimes this is a monumental task.
You've got your manuscript, you bled for your synopsis... now you must query the publishers and/or agent if you're aiming for more traditional publishing.
This all means, you're also likely to get a lot of rejections.
Resources mentioned: https://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/ and https://querytracker.net/
You've been working on that manuscript forever—or it seems that way—but how do you know it's ready to be submitted to a publisher? Well, that is the hard question and, hopefully, I can help you find some answers.
Who are these people? How do you find them? And why you should use them?
Book recommendation: Early Readers Catch the Worms by Carol Beth Anderson
On a totally unrelated note, happy 42nd Anniversary to my parents. I love you and thank you for believing in me. xoxoxo
One of the things about this podcast is that you are going to find the occasional bonus episode peppered among the regularly scheduled programming.
These short little episodes will answer your questions or respond to current issues in the writing community.
If you want me to do a hot-take bonus episode about anything, let me know! Ideally, drop me a line on Twitter. I am @canuckclick
Welcome to Not Safe For Words.
In this first season, we are taking a more general approach to understand publishing, the writing community, and how not to be an asshole author.
But today, we're talking about me and how this podcast came to be.