I don’t think I’ve posted this here already, but if so, it’s probably worth another look from people who are interested in an insider’s view of the traditional publishing game. In this video from my YouTube channel, I sat down with Anne Hawkins, my agent, and Michaela Hamilton, my longtime editor at Kensington Books to get industry professionals’ views on the kinds of topics that are often discussed here on The Killzone.
I thought it was a bit of a coup to get everyone together at once, so the video is admittedly a bit long, but I also think it’s well worth the time. If you want to jump around, here are links to the individual topics:
02:00 Do editors and agents work well together?
04:09 Managing author expectations
05:16 Do publishers nurture new authors?
08:33 The slush pile: What happens with unsolicited manuscripts?
10:16 Do authors need agents?
10:53 Deal points: the author’s advance is only one consideration
12:53 Deal breakers, clients from hell, & you’ve got to do your research
16:12 Traditional publishing is starving for new writers
19:09 What it means for an author to have a platform?
23:20 Are conferences important?
I hope you find something useful in the video. If nothing else, you can watch really great people hanging out with me.