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Something’s Up with Where the Crawdads Sing | How a Book Sold Millions of Copies

When a book spends 124 weeks on the bestseller list and sells an estimated 7 million copies in two years, you gotta wonder what sets it apart from other books. A big marketing push can send a novel to the top for a week, and when Oprah or Reece Witherspoon select it for their book … Continue reading Something’s Up with Where the Crawdads Sing | How a Book Sold Millions of Copies

Celebrating 2023 with Free Query Letter Critiques

This offer has ended. Follow my blog to be notified of the next free query critique round. It’s been four years since I became a full-time developmental editor, and I’m excited to see what will come in 2023. To celebrate the continued growth of my little business, I’ve decided to reprise my initial path to … Continue reading Celebrating 2023 with Free Query Letter Critiques

Thoughts on Twitter, the Publishing Industry, and Marketing Books

The Twitter writing and publishing community are in a panic right now, forecasting that Twitter is going to fall apart under its new ownership by Tesla founder Elon Musk. Many are calling for authors, literary agents, and editors to leave Twitter, and out of this chaos a question has emerged: what alternative channels will authors … Continue reading Thoughts on Twitter, the Publishing Industry, and Marketing Books

Post-Pandemic Querying | How to Get a Literary Agent in 2022

At a time when concept is king, character development is the way to win the day. You’re querying literary agents with your latest novel in the slow-motion, post-pandemic publishing nightmare of 2022, and it feels like you’re getting nowhere. Rejections pile up in your inbox—if you’re lucky. The truth is, you’re so used to getting … Continue reading Post-Pandemic Querying | How to Get a Literary Agent in 2022

How I Write a Manuscript Critique | An Editor’s Rant About Debut Novels

I’m writing this post to explain how I, as a developmental editor, go about reading a book and writing a manuscript critique so prospective clients will know what they’re getting, but I also have some thoughts that might be of interest to writers in general, including my take on what’s required of a debut novel … Continue reading How I Write a Manuscript Critique | An Editor’s Rant About Debut Novels

2022 Market Trends in Book Publishing | My Unqualified Speculation

Last year I laid out my predictions for what book market trends would look like in 2021—including what readers would be reading and what publishers would be buying. It turned out to be the most popular post I’ve ever written, so it behooves me to make my admittedly unqualified speculation an annual tradition and offer … Continue reading 2022 Market Trends in Book Publishing | My Unqualified Speculation

Memorize Your Story Before You Revise | Advice on Editing a Novel

This post is a revised version of my previous post. I thought it fitting to explore the topic of revising a novel by actually revising something I’ve published on this blog. This post also explores the practice of memorizing your story for the purpose of revision. Like all writing advice, it’s ultimately subjective and by … Continue reading Memorize Your Story Before You Revise | Advice on Editing a Novel

WB Welch’s Latest Release and Boxed Set Giveaway

Hello friends! WB Welch here. I’m stopping in to update you on my latest release, and also to announce a signed boxed set giveaway. Yesterday was my birthday, and with it came a free promo for the kindle versions of all my previously published works along with the official release of my new novella, Rose’s … Continue reading WB Welch’s Latest Release and Boxed Set Giveaway

How You Can Kill Your Novel With Revision | Writing Advice Nobody Asked For Vol. 327

When we complete a first draft of a novel, we often jump right into revisions, perhaps initially driven by the desire to add or change things we know for certain need to be added or changed. But then we start tinkering. Maybe just here and there at first. Then maybe starting at the beginning. We're … Continue reading How You Can Kill Your Novel With Revision | Writing Advice Nobody Asked For Vol. 327