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Introducing Inside Publishing Month at WU

– photo by by 4BlueEyes Pete Williamson –

…or, as Porter would have us call it, Inside the Industry-Industry Month.

What is this madness, you ask, and will it be sponsored by Campari [2]?

All of February will be dedicated to publishing topics here at Writer Unboxed. You’ll hear about the process of copy edits, use of limited giveaways to help with book promotion, the challenge of learning your print run is going “all e,” the possibility of risk aversion in publishing, and the digital revolution. You’ll hear about a phenomenon we’ll call “post-partum publication disorder,” and what it’s like to be published in three different North American markets at the same time. You’ll hear about bookstore trials, and  the state of the industry as it relates to Barnes & Noble. You’ll hear about one author’s emotional ups and downs, and what it’s like to be a hybrid author with one foot each in trad- and self-publishing. You’ll hear from a Big Five editor on an array of topics, and a guest agent on guiding authors’ careers.

And you’ll hear a lot more.

What would YOU like to know about Inside Publishing? Add your burning questions here in comments, and if any of us–or any of you–would like to chime in with answers, we’ll all be wiser for it.


About [3]

Writer Unboxed began as a collaboration between Therese Walsh [4] and Kathleen Bolton [5] in 2006. Since then the site has grown to include ~50 regular contributors--including bestselling authors and industry leaders--and frequent guests. In 2014, the first Writer Unboxed UnConference (part UNtraditional conference, part intensive craft event, part networking affair) [6] was held in Salem, MA. Learn more about our 2019 event, ESCAPE TO WuNDERLAND, on Eventbrite. [7] In 2016, the Writer Unboxed team published a book with Writer's Digest. AUTHOR IN PROGRESS: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published [8] has been well-received by readers who seek help in overcoming the hurdles faced at every step of the novel-writing process--from setting goals, researching, and drafting to giving and receiving critiques, polishing prose, and seeking publication. James Scott Bell has said of the guide, "Nourishment for the writer's soul and motivation for the writer's heart." You can follow Writer Unboxed on Twitter [9], and join our thriving Facebook community [10].