Steve's Topics

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

   -- Maya Angelou

TOUGH LOVE FOR WRITERS. An all-day workshop that includes the topics below, and more. See more, here.

 

So, You Want To Get Published? Many writers fail in their quest for publication, because they jumped into the restless waters without education or guidance. Publishing is a brutally competitive business, and you should look both ways before you hang up that shingle.

 

Do you need an agent?  With the rise of technology, you can do everything yourself. But should you? An experienced agent can do more for you than you might think.

An Invitation to Victimhood. Have you ever tried to seek out advice to get your book published? If so, then chances are that someone has warned you about the many scams and scandals in the business. Let's talk about it, and why you might be overthinking it.

Before You Jump Into Self-Publishing...  In the brave new world of publishing, you have more choices than ever. Are you better off to bypass the "traditional" system? Self-pub offers many advantages, but that (apparent) empowerment is not always a good thing if you don't treat it like a business.

What is a "Christian" writer? So you're a Christian, and you  feel called to write. So where do you start? Learn how to balance your craft and business with your ministry, and avoid the (very common!) unhealthy attitudes.

 

The Quintessential Query. When you submit your work to an agent or publisher, you'll probably need to send a query. It's the most important single-page document that you will ever write. Learn the ten essential elements that will help you get to a yes.

What NOT to Say to an Agent or Editor. No how matter how good your story, or how awesome your execution, it might not be enough. You still have to sell this thing. Learn what to say, and - very importantly - what NOT to say, when pitching your book.

Let’s Read That Publishing Contract.  So after years of struggle, you’ve finally landed an offer from a publisher. Great! Should you accept it? Do you even understand it? We will look over a typical contract, line by line. What’s good, what’s bad, and what’s worth fighting for.

 

Rejection-proof Submissions: Why You're Not Getting Published.  Have you sent off your manuscript to agents and editors, only to be rejected again and again? Learn the things they won't tell you; discover the most common problems, and how to avoid them. Hint:  It may have nothing to do with the quality of your writing or your story.