3 Lessons From a Career in Publishing

Over the holiday, I wrote a guest post for Writer Unboxed about a few things I learned after 12 years in publishing. Go read:

3 Lessons in Publishing I’m Thankful for (That Writers Should Know About)

There are many more lessons I could discuss, of course, but these are good pointers to start with!

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About Ben Sobieck

Benjamin Sobieck is a Wattpad Star and 2016 Watty Award winner. He’s best known on Wattpad for Glass Eye: Confessions of a Fake Psychic Detective, the Watty Award–winning sequel Black Eye, and When the Black-Eyed Children Knock & Other Stories. Four of his titles have appeared on Wattpad Top 100 Hot Lists, all at the same time.

2 thoughts on “3 Lessons From a Career in Publishing

  1. Jane Friedman

    @Mary – Thanks so much for the comment.

    Regarding what will sell:
    The best resource is PublishersMarketplace.com ($20/month), because it covers trends, transitions, and deals in the industry. Reading this consistently over a period of months will give you insight into what’s selling and what’s not.

    Regarding the writer-agent-publisher relationship:
    You might try a book like FOREST FOR THE TREES, which I believe was just released in a new anniversary edition.

    That said, Writer’s Digest magazine has consistently good coverage on current trends, and regularly features agent panels and editor panels.

  2. Mary Tod

    Hello – your three succinct points are very helpful but leave writers with three challenges: knowing what will sell, finding the balance between beautiful prose and enticing mystery, and managing the writer-agent-publisher relationship. The second challenge is the topic of many courses, workshops, blogs, articles and books. Can you suggest where to find effective advice on the other two particularly at a time when the industry is undergoing significant change? Thanks in advance!


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