Editor’s Note April 2016

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SweetCharmofDistanceThis month we’re talking about what publishers are looking for from writers. Livia Washburn from Prairie Rose Publications tells how the publishing company was formed, how many books they publish each year, and what they’re looking for, specifically. Jay Hartman of Untreed Reads talks about starting in the publishing business six years ago and what changes he’s seen since. Bobbi Christmas emphasizes the need to follow submission guidelines, from how to submit to word count. We also have the scoop on Allworth Press, Arcadia Publishing and The History Press, and Henery Press.

It’s conference time again. Look for the list of upcoming conferences from April through July. If you know about a conference we haven’t mentioned, drop me an email.

April 23 is World Book and Copyright Day. Rhonda Rees suggests all writers take time to make sure their work hasn’t been pirated and offered for free. Look for more information.

In upcoming issues, look for topics on how to do it all (from idea to published book and what it costs to go full-out to do it); travel writing in a magazine available only on iTunes and how YouTube videos help with recognition; why to hire a PR person; what agents are looking for; how to combine history, nature, and fiction for kids; why coloring books are booming; taking great photos; and how to use real-life experiences to write non-fiction and add color to fiction.

What would you like to learn? See more of or less? Feedback is essential, so send a note to editor@spawn.org and let me know.

Sandy, Editor, SPAWNews

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