What Do Writers Need to Know?

girl with laptop Lately I’ve been torn when thinking about my blog topics. There are a lot of “basics” I can write about—things that are immediately applicable to writers like How to Impress an Agent or the fact that you need to Know Your Competition.

But there’s so much going on in the publishing world, and I’m never quite sure if my blog is the place to cover it. Usually the big happenings are addressed pretty well by other websites, so I don’t always need to offer my two cents. But then I wonder if you want to be kept informed of all these happenings.

Just a few things I’ve been watching lately, and wondering whether you’d want me to blog about them:

  • Amazon removes the “buy” button on thousands of e-books over a dispute with distributor IPG
  • Big 6 publishers decide not to allow libraries to lend e-books
  • Disputes over DRM continue
  • A lot of interesting things are said at O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change Conference
  • Self-publishing agitator Joe Konrath writes “Amazon Will Destroy You”
  • Amanda Knox Signs a $4 Million Book Deal
  • Richard Curtis wonders if self-publishing is a Ponzi Scheme

…and more.

Do you want to be filled in on those things? Or would you rather focus on writing and let others worry about all of that? I’m interested in your thoughts overall, not just about this blog.

How much do you like to stay informed about everything happening in publishing?



  1. Alicia says:

    I, personally, would love it if you covered not only writerly topics, but what’s going on in the publishing world since I’m more likely to read your blog before anything else.

  2. I posted on the other thread about comps but had another thought. I haven’t read through all these so someone might have mentioned this, but publicity case studies also. Someone could post examples of press releases they’ve done, and how they do different angles for different media, how they came up with their marketing plan whether geographic or whatever, what they did to market on social media and how they prepared for interviews. Media training, but with concrete examples of what has worked. I’m a former programmer, so I really appreciate just seeing what works. If we can see what works (in coding or in publicity) we can copy it, then add our own twist for our needs. Thanks for everything!!!

  3. E.Arroyo says:

    I love your blog. I’d say keep it balanced…please. Love the inspiration here and all the great info. =)

  4. Stephanie McKibben says:

    Looks like you need a poll for this! I like seeing everyone’s comments. For me though, you could write just about anything and I’d read it. That would be my vote!

  5. Despain says:

    Aw, this was a really nice post. In idea I would like to put in writing like this additionally – taking time and actual effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no means seem to get something done.

  6. Liza Lake says:

    I’ve always wanted to write books, but have been a little dismayed as I have begun the journey. There is so much out there about self publishing and building your platform. I love to write and speak and am more than willing to put work imto that, but am not keen on becoming a blog profit or tech guru because that dilutes my focus. Simply, I love to write and share my perspective and experience. I absolutely loved your post on how to connect with an agent, but don’t necessarily need to know everything going on in the publishing world. I’m a fan of the traditional model and would much rather focus on writing and trust you be the expert in publishing.

  7. Rachelle,

    One topic I’m interested in is “How long should an agent try to find a publisher for her or his client?”

    Theresa Froehlich

  8. Peter DeHaan says:

    Rachelle, with limited time to read blogs, I must prioritize them — and yours is a must-read destination.

    The other sites/blogs/sources that cover the items you mentioned are not ones that I regularly consider, so if I don’t hear about them hear, I may miss out!

    (Of the seven items you mentioned, I was only aware of one!)

    Thanks for asking our opinion — but whatever you decide to do will be fine with me!

  9. Gwen says:

    Yes, I love staying informed on such topics. I don’t really follow many blogs who discuss them, just mention them, but being an author means all those issues you listed has an effect on selling future stories and thus my (hopefully) livelihood of the future.

  10. Marcie Schwindt says:

    I follow your blog because you point out the things that I didn’t realize I didn’t know.

  11. Maril Hazlett says:

    I think you could cover everything well. Up to you – but I read you specifically for craft reasons. And for support.

  12. Mandy says:

    Your blog has taught me SO much about writing and the publishing world. I was clueless to it all when I stumbled upon your blog about a year ago, and while I’m far from your expertise, it’s nice to have more confidence to pursue publication.

    Whether it’s a post about the craft of writing or the challenges of the publishing industry, they all help in some way or another.

    Most importantly, it’s your perspective of it all that matters to me. 🙂

  13. Do you get queries you can’t read because of formatting?
    You know . . . this is embarrassingly simplistic, but the biggest thing I need to know is what my e-mail query looks like when it gets to you. I work on all those things – concise summary, how my story is different, how it’s similar, a good hook – and then it looks like crap when I paste it into e-mail. I’m so far back in the stone age that I don’t know if it’s me, my equally ancient computer, or maybe if it’s in your control anyway, and everything comes into your mail in a great font, size and style. To all those query frustrations about whether cyber-space has swallowed the query, add whether cyber-space has spit out a misshapen mess.
    In general I think links are good, when you can provide them, for topics like you’ve suggested. Need to know vs info overload – a difficult balance.

  14. Rachelle,
    While these topics are of some interest I found the previous one about know your competition a more valuable article.

  15. nuku says:

    How much do I like to stay informed?
    That depends, your blog is the only one I trust. Other blogs I’ve found are made by people who have never been published,or never worked in some way in publishing, but they think they know everything. That just irks me.
    Anyway, thank you for all the information you’ve given!

  16. Brianna says:

    I would definitely like to know about those things. The publishing world is constantly changing and I know it would be impossible to share everything here, but maybe you could do a post every week or so where you hit the highlights and then once a month, blog in-depth about something more popular.

  17. Amanda says:

    I would love to be kept informed on what’s going on in publishing, particularly with regard to e-publishing and amazon. I love reading your blog and would love to hear your take on what’s going

  18. Stephanie says:

    I used to be all into it. And that’s what’s gotten me into trouble. I now sit here wanting a job in publishing because it fascinates me and yet I know I can’t have that job. Then I reached the stage where it was information overload. I’m trying to write a manuscript, query agents, etcetera, and it started to overwhelm me. I’ve cut way back on what I read and what I pay attention to.

  19. Mira says:

    Rachelle, I read your blog, but don’t usually comment because I disagree with the industry sometimes. But I’d like to say something to you about this, hope that’s okay.

    I believe your profession and the industry as a whole could benefit from clear, intelligent thinkers and leadership. I would urge you to join the on-line conversation. The future is being shaped, in part, by some of the voices in that conversation.

    I think there is more than one reason to have a blog – educating possible clients and giving back to writers is one, and an important one, but a blog can also give people an opportunity to participate and influence.

    Besides, it’s fun. I think you’d have a blast.

    Your call, of course, and I say this despite the fact that I don’t always agree with industry folk, but I would urge you to consider taking on some of the tough topics and having some fun! 🙂

    • Rachelle Gardner says:

      Yes, I agree, and I do it from time to time. For example, my 3-part series on What Publishing Can Learn from Kodak a couple weeks ago. I like to say my piece sometimes, but I get weary of the endless rehashing of the ways the industry is changing, and I’m particularly repelled by the polarizing nature of it. I’m not sure why so many people have to adopt an “us against them” mentality, but they do, and I’m not into it. So sometimes I just stand back.

      • Mira says:

        Yes, I thought your Kodak series was terrific!

        Well, absolutely, if you’re tired of it and don’t enjoy it, then it may not be something you want put time into!

        But – maybe there are topics that feel fresh and interesting to you – a new take, or viewpoint (like the polarizing, for example – worth writing about. I doubt you’re alone in being bothered by it – it bothers me too!)

        The field is sort of wide open right now. I think it’s pretty exciting, actually. Change has so many opportunities in it! People have a chance to vision the future and try to make that vision happen. It’s kind of cool. 🙂

        But you know best what will work for you – I’m giving input since you offered the chance, thank you for listening – but I liked what Michael Mullivan said – to follow your heart.

  20. Brenda Quinn says:

    I like a combination of writing craft and personal publishing information and also publishing industry news. It’s hard to keep up with all the blogs and websites on the industry. I appreciate you culling what you see as interesting or important and summarizing.

    Thank you, Rachelle!

  21. Don Weston says:

    I really have to start reading this sooner–so many comments. I don’t have time to keep up on everything and would appreciate hearing about trends and current events in the publishing industry. One of my biggest concerns is e-publishing taking over traditional book publishing. I know it’s not likely to happen, but I think sometimes the Big 6 publishers have their head in the proverbial ostrich hole (denial) when it comes to how to compete with Amazon. Maybe once a week would be enough. I too, save your most interesting posts in an email folder for later reference

  22. J.L. Mbewe says:

    There is so much information we need to know about the craft and the industry that it can be information overload to some because we are all at different locations on our journey to publication. So, I suppose we gravitate toward the sources that touch on the topics of where we are right now.

    For me, I am looking to hone my craft, but I also want to learn about the industry, how it works, the lingo, and the latest news minus the drama. That knowledge will influence my writing and help me be realistic because I want to make a career out of it.

    I have learned a lot from your posts and I really appreciate your time, effort and wisdom in all of it.

    Perhaps your “targeted audience” are the writers who are just starting out and want to focus on the craft side of things, but having a list like you provided with embedded links in the latest news might be helpful and those who want to know more can clink on them.

    That said, I wouldn’t mind your take on those things, because I trust you and it helps to balance out the craziness of everything.

  23. Since you are in the literary trenches, I am interested in what interests you. My hope is that you go with your gut rather than screen out or overthink. When a topic catches your interest, I want to know about it.

  24. Bill May says:

    I would be interested in hearing your take on what you see as the future for agents. Do you think they will be serving dual roles (digital and print)?

  25. Kay Elam says:

    Personally, I prefer the writing and industry tips. I’ve learned so much from your blog. Also, keep some humor coming.

  26. Thank you for asking. One of the best things about your blog is that you communicate a genuine interest in what your readers think.

    Like many of the others who have commented, I read your blog every day and look forward to it. You always have something worth reading and I trust what you say.

    The blogs about the writing craft are invaluable and I hope that you don’t stop writing about “the basics.” This, for me, would encompass not just skills, such as how to create a “real” character, but information on agents and publishers as well.

    At the same time, I always learn something from your industry blogs. I would love to hear your inside track on e-books, Amazon and self-publishing.

    So I guess my stance is keep doing what you’re doing. And thanks so much for doing it!

  27. Maureen says:

    Your writing advice and encouragement is vital. As you have said, a great, well-written book will get published. Some current, pertinent publishing news once in awhile is good, but you seem to have a knack for encouraging writers with their craft. Keep up the good work.

  28. I would love it! Only because I don’t generally make time to go read about all this stuff. But I always make time to read your blog in the morning.

  29. Elisa Yager says:

    I, too, read everything you post – not always the same day but I do read everything. I’ve also passed along your blog link to other writers because I believe strongly in supporting those who are new writers.

    I have been writing and have been published for about 8 years. Writing is a part-time stint for me just now so I don’t have the time to keep my “ear to the ground” regarding what is happening in the world of publishing. Any information you provide on this topic is always informative and educational for me.

    HOWEVER (and that is a big ‘HOWEVER!’) I also very much appreciate you sharing your knowledge with those of us who benefit daily from your “insider” expertise regarding the craft of writing.

    Whatever you decide, I’m still on board and will continue to read and share your pearls of wisdom! Thanks for your efforts. They are very appreciated!

  30. Ann Bracken says:

    Wow, there’s a great deal of reaction to this question!

    I throw my vote in the ‘once a month news update’ ring. I don’t have time to visit many blogs, but yours is one of the very few I come to daily. Because of this I’m out of the loop on what’s happening, so appreciate any news from a source I can rely on.

  31. Please, Rachelle – ANYTHING but Amanda Knox! We had a pool in our office as to how big the book deal would be. I undershot by 2 million. How about a writer burnout post? When plot turns to plotz? I could use a boost.

  32. Cindy says:

    I enjoy and learn from your posts about the writing craft. If nothing else, it’s comforting to know that someone realizes that there is much more to writing than taking the shortest route to publishing. So many other blogs focus on publishing. Perhaps you could continue with your posts on writing, but provide a sidebar of links to publishing news?

  33. Kristine says:

    I am a new author struggling to find representation, and as such, I am combing industry blogs everywhere to get as much information as I can about what’s going on, where things are headed, and so forth. Every person in the industry has a different take on the situations you describe, and I like reading many different viewpoints to get a multi-faceted picture of what’s going on.

  34. No matter what topic you pick for the day, I always find some instructional or inspirational ideas. I just wonder. . .how do you find the time?

  35. New to the blog and I’m finding it very interesting. I’d like your thoughts on Joe Konrath’s comments too.

  36. Lynda (Benzeknees) says:

    First time commenter – but I have been reading your blog for awhile. I love the content now, but would like to also have a bit of the news of the industry included. Just a sentence or two giving your opinion & a link for your readers to follow to get more information at the beginning or ending of your current blog?

  37. Nancy Petralia says:

    I’m interested in topics about issues impacting my ability to publish or sell my book.

    Please don’t talk about Amanda Knox. She’s gotten enough publicity.

  38. your take

    Good grief. Where’s my editor when I need her?

  39. Why not a compromise? Say once or twice a week you blog about these types of news issues. I don’t have time to read many blogs, so you’re take on what’s new in publishing is very interesting to me. I also appreciate the craft tips.

    Bonnie Ferrante

  40. Leigh says:

    The agent/author fit. How to make it work. What to do if it doesn’t.

  41. Reba says:

    Wow that’s a big one.
    I find your blogs so helpful,I’m finding it hard to find the exact words to say how much so. So I think, I’m gonna’ let you make this call of what would benefit us new writers, both traditionally and self-published, after all you have done a fabulous job so far.

  42. Mark Boliek says:

    I would like heavily followed bloggers to write more about their own niche markets. The waters of the internet are just too deep at the moment. Especially with agents, I’d like to hear what they are doing, what deals THEY are making, what are they looking for as what to publish. What things in their mailbox they are getting tired of reading. Is there any originality anymore? Everyone -I mean EVERYONE wants to be published. Not what it takes to impress an agent – what does it takes to make an agent have no choice but to notice authors. I mean what is Amanda Knox doing no one else is – who does she know? What connectors are in her circle? I am sure there are more talented authors than she. A little investigation of insiders would be nice. What are you hearing on the street before everyone knows? I’d like to hear just more of the life of an agent in the office, not writing tips and stuff people tweet about regularly. Just my opinion. What Niche markets are underserved, and who represents them?


    • Rachelle Gardner says:

      Oh, Mark Mark Mark. Amanda Knox didn’t *know* anyone – but the whole world knew her. She didn’t have to try and connect with anyone – they all came chasing after her, throwing bucketloads of money as they approached.

      And you’re sure there are more talented writers than she? Well, I’d think so, since she’s not even a writer. Nobody expects a celebrity to write her own book, after all, and you can be 99.9% sure that she won’t.

      Just my cynical thoughts for today. Let’s not go mistaking the “Amanda Situation” for anything resembling what all you fine writers are doing every day.

  43. First, I love your blog no matter what the topic happens to be. I like to be surprised by some “inside info” on occasion, and as a public librarian as well as a writer, these things are pertinent to me.

    So what do I, as an aspiring writer AND reader of your blog want? I want it all. 🙂

  44. I’d love to read about the news as well as writing! I try to stay “in the know” about the news but don’t always catch it all. I know “about” most of the items, but only on a surface level, and like others have said, would love to hear your take on it.

  45. Heather says:

    If you have 2 cents to share on how these specific topics affect writers, (like we might not be able to reach library folks through e-books) then I’m all for it. I appreciate the kinds of things you do post about the publishing industry as they are.

  46. I don’t want to hear from the agitators, or rumor mills. I don’t want to hear from the haters or gate-keepers or discouragers. I DO want to hear truth and reality ie: what basic skills are needed and how to hear the inner voice that says “write,” or “do something else.” And, I do want to hear the headlines, the advance notice, the how to keep up (nay, ahead of) the forward moving, fast-paced technology. I need to hear stories where someone who failed, learned how to succeed.

  47. How kind of you to ask. All of those topics interest me and although they are well debated I’m interested in your view as an agent and a person who has been in the business long enough to see changes. Also you do have a calm way about you, so I know your perspective isn’t whether who is wrong or right and I like that.

  48. Megan B. says:

    I love that I can visit your blog each day and find a new post about writing or finding an agent.

    Those topics you listed are all covered elsewhere, and I personally think you don’t need to cover them (unless you want to!)

    That’s just my opinion, of course.

  49. Dianne says:

    I would like to be kept informed on all these things. Yeah, maybe other blogs cover it, but I don’t read a bunch of other blogs. I don’t have time. I read yours. 🙂 Thanks.

  50. I am a new author, ready to publish a Christian based memoir. I learn from everything you publish on this blog. For those of us who aren’t tied into all the other blogs or publishing sites you provide knowledge and experience that is so very valuable. Thank you! Linda

  51. Colin Smith says:

    Assuming the majority of us who read/comment on your blog are writers, we all have a vested interest in the publishing industry. However, since our primary job is to write books, as much as we want to be informed, there’s going to be stuff we’ll miss. And many of these things will be things you have on your radar, given your role in the industry. All that to say, I appreciate anything you share from those things on your radar. I also trust that, given as long as you’ve been in publishing, you have a sense of what we ought to be aware of.

    From the list you provided, the item about the big 6 publishers prohibiting the lending of e-books interests me. I feel strongly there needs to be some way for people to re-sell and share e-books legally (as they do physical books). It’s a complex topic, so I like to keep up with where publishers are on it.

    My 2-cents. 🙂

  52. I hadn’t heard over half those things, so feel free to fill me in. In fact, I think it’s great to hear it from an agents POV. I’ve really appreciated all your posts, so thanks.

  53. Amy Mac says:

    I love visiting your blog because it feels like chatting with a friend who happens to be an agent. So, if I called and you said “I have some great info for you on landing an agent” or “I got a terrible query today, here’s how to avoid making that mistake,” I’d be all ears. If you said “did you hear about that crazy Amazon button-moving thing?” my eyes would glaze over and I’d be checking my email. Which would make me a rude friend. SAVE ME FROM BEING RUDE, Rachelle, and stick with what you do so well … writing advice.

  54. I do want to be informed about all things publishing. I have to tell you, I come to your blog first because of my busy day. There is so much information out there, I feel confident I’m getting the best knowledge coming to your blog. I just don’t have the time to keep up with other sources. This is my cheerleading section for Rachelle’s blog. You go, girl! Yea!

  55. I wouldn’t mind reading a post about Amanda Knox’s book deal, not just because it’s so controversial, but also because you could link it to other celebrity “authors” who get book deals primarily because they’re famous (or in Amanda’s case, notorious). I’ve read some of the writing by some of these celebrity authors; some of them are very good, like Steve Martin’s stuff. There are some celebrity writers, though, whose books aren’t good at all and I can’t help thinking that they never would have even been considered by publishers or agents if they didn’t have their own reality show/film career/bestselling albums. So I think it’d be interesting to read a post about how celebrity writers are treated differently from “regular” writers.

  56. Elizabeth Kitchens says:

    I only read two blogs (yours and Michael Hyatt’s), so, most likely, I wouldn’t already have heard about developments in the publishing world. It feels good to know what’s going on in the world, but I think a mixed blog would be best. My vote is mainly help for writers and behind the scenes type posts with occasional (more toward often occasional than rare occasional) publishing world information. You’re very knowledgeable and I value your opinion, so I would probably read whatever you wrote.

    But please, don’t talk about Amanda Knox. I’ve seen enough headlines about her to last a lifetime.

  57. To be honest, I subscribe to a lot of blogs in my Google feed, so those topics get covered for me. I’d say what I like about following you is finding out the inside scoop of being an agent and how that affects things, so if you have a unique spin on those issues you mentioned agent-wise, then bring it on 🙂 What I really like is how you give me a peek into the agent world and how that world affects me as a new, un-agented writer, or how you see us, or the craft posts that clue us in on things you see all the time from writers that need to stop, etc…. Thanks for all you do!

  58. I really love the information you give on writing, but I also love hearing an agent’s take on news in the publishing world too. I see no reason you could not cover both here. I want to be a well-rounded writer who is aware of how to craft a proposal AND what’s going on in the industry I’m trying to break into. Thanks!

  59. I always love advice posts! Though it seems like there are many blogs out there giving advice to writers, many of them stop as soon as the writer signs with an agent or sells a book. Some information beyond those two milestones is always appreciated!

  60. Jan Cline says:

    I’m more likely to read a blog post that gives me news closer to where I am at in this publishing/writing business. It’s hard to be interested in the top of the ladder’s business when I’m still only on the second rung – okay maybe the third 🙂 But I do like to read news about things closer to home – something I can apply in the here and now. You always give us good stuff no matter what the news! Thanks.

  61. Dozie Nzewi says:

    I wish for a mix of both. There is a lot already covered on the technical side of the pathway to getting published-very valuable help. More on the current happenings in the publishing world will provide currency on the trends and events that are useful in making day to day decisions. Also there will be writing lessons in the stories. One, a ready audience like Amanda Knox has counts for much. It is more implied than said but it is there in the story.

  62. Sarah Thomas says:

    I really love the writing focus and do often get the “news” from around the web. What about a once a month round-up or some such? Highlight the news with some links and throw in your two cents where you have strong opinions.

  63. I think I’d like to hear your thoughts on events happening in the book world. How do you feel above Amazon? About Self-Publishing? About ebooks? About Amanda Knox’s book deal (or any number of other people in the media who get huge book deals like that)? I think it would be very information and interesting.

  64. Susan says:

    I would like to know more about the topics you mentioned.

    I don’t read any other agent’s blog on a daily basis.

    I already know many of the basics you discuss on writing. I have numerous books and I’ve completed a great deal of research on writing and publishing.

    I enjoy hearing your posts on writing but you have them as archives for writers who are new to your blog.

    I listen to the news and I read current articles in order to stay informed.

    I would like to hear your view on subjects like the big 6’s decision not to allow libraries to lend e-books.

    My goal is to spend the majority of my time working on my writing goals. If I spend too much time reading everything else associated with publishing, I would lose valuable time.

    When the time comes, I will delve further into areas that I need to explore to a greater degree.

  65. Jennifer Major says:

    My vote is for the standard operating procedure, with an occasional bullet point summary of the bigger news in the publishing world. But I would second Rashad Pharaon’s comment regarding international authors and the special issues facing those of us who prefer to publish in the US. The Christian publishing market in my home country resembles a photcopier and a really good stapler. And crayons. I love anonymity.

  66. John Kelin says:

    Funny you should mention the Amazon/IPG dispute. My indy publisher recently sent around an email to all its authors about this. I’d be very interested to read your take on the matter.

    (I’ve been reading your blog daily since last summer, BTW, and find it a valuable resource.)

  67. I’m in the “I already subscribe to a lot of other blogs, including Konrath’s, that talk about book business” group, but I hold your thoughts in as high of an opinion as I do theirs and would enjoy getting your take on the topics at hand. That said, I’ve enjoyed the direction your blog has been taking so far. I think there’s a certain point, though, where you can’t do justice to basic writing topics without discussing outlying data points like the ones you mentioned (speaking of–why is everyone so excited about Knox’s $4 million deal when she’s written several successful books, yet I didn’t hear much clamor about Gruen’s $5 million deal?) above.

    Bottom line–it’s generally a mistake to switch directions on a blog, I think, but I’d love for you to take an occasional foray into the “newsier” topics.

  68. Darlene says:

    I have been following you for a few months. I like the educational pieces, but, not the great details like what you posted today. There are other sites I can search for that info. Keep to the heart of writing and what works and does not. You do a great job on that!

  69. You have stirred up a lot of comments today. Your blog is something I always read. Writers have such limited time for blogs and being on line … if they want to also write on their wips. But everything you cover is always relevant to me. Keep it up.

  70. A few years ago, I read a bunch of agent blogs and eventually dropped them from my reader and kept yours because I could always apply the tips in your posts to my personal goals. Today I was thinking about how to grow (stretch, evolve… looking for the right word?) my goals as a memoir and personal essay writer in the midst of the ever-changing market place. I think we’ll continue to benefit from your take on what’s happening out there… how you’re applying it to your job as agent and how we should apply to our aspirations as writers.

  71. BK Jackson says:

    You seem to have a broad audience with your blog so those news items being covered would be great.

    I personally have not visited any blogs that covered some of those items you mentioned.

    One of the hardest things about publishing is having just a few accessible go-to sources for information. Since you do have a good platform here, that would seem to make it a nice marriage of news, information, and tips/advice.

  72. Beth Browne says:

    An occasional quick wrap-up of industry goings-on, such as you’ve given here, would be a welcome addition to your fantastic blog. If readers want more info they can look it up. Thanks for everything!

  73. Johanna Tooke says:

    All of the topics you listed piqued my interest. I wouldn’t mind hearing about any of them from your point of view.

  74. CG Blake says:

    I get so much wisdom from your posts that anything you choose to write about is worth reading. I know as a blogger it seems everyone is covering the same ground. My advice is if you feel passionate about a topic please share your views. You always provide a dose of common sense and maturity

  75. Emily Wenstrom says:

    Getting the facts is one thing but understanding the significance of the facts is something else entirely. I’d love to have your take, Rachelle.

  76. Sue Harrison says:

    I love your blog and what you are doing with it, Rachelle. You give us a great variety and include guest bloggers. You’re not only a great writer, you’re a fine educator. If you decide to incorporate some news items, what I would love to read is your take on them. That’s something we won’t get in another blog that specializes in news items.

    I think an occasional news+Rachelle’s wisdom would be very interesting!

  77. Janelle says:

    There are already a lot of blogs and forum discussions about the news (and frankly, I’ve been sick of Konrath for a long time). I’d rather see things about the craft and the basics of publishing than get into all the soap operas.

  78. Sure, I enjoy staying up on the news. And I’d probably be more likely to read it here than on other sites. I also think you’ll find a way to make it intriguing and relevant for writers. And I’d trust the way you’d present these topics. So I say go for it.
    ~ Wendy

  79. I would welcome your take on industry news. I agree with anonymous that there are other resources out there about writing. As an agent in the industry that I respect, I would be interested to hear your thoughts about what’s going on in the publishing industry, too.

    Maybe not reactionary posts right as news is happening (not sure how we could benefit from discussing the Knox deal, other than feeling angry/amazed), but if you sense a trend or think a piece of news will be important for writers to know as they wade into the publishing world? I’d be interested to see some of that discussed here.

  80. Amanda Knox getting a $4 million book deal just put a horrible taste in my mouth.

    I would love to see you add a post every once in a while of links you found to be important and maybe a comment or two of your thoughts.

    For example, you tweeted yesterday an article about the price of ebooks. It was a great article that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

    So, it would been interesting to hear your perspective on some of the big publishing news, but not necessarily a huge post devoted to the big items you think are already heavily covered.

    $4 million, really?

  81. Angelica Hagman says:

    All for the occasional newsflash with ‘read more’ links! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and wisdom!

  82. KBR says:

    Wouldn’t mind your opinion on the 4m deal with A. Knox and publisher’s take on recouping, but other than that, I read blogs and yours is my ‘go to’ for the nuts and bolts info that is clear and concise. Thanks for being you.

  83. I’d like to hear your thoughts on a topic you haven’t mentioned here. Boing Boing has blogged about how Amazon repriced Jim C Hines books. Amazon claims that they did that due to competitors selling his book for less. But his book is a print on demand book that is only sold by Amazon. So it seems like they have dropped his prices by 70ish percent. You can read more about it here http://boingboing.net/2012/02/26/author-discovers-that-amazon-c.html

    • Rachelle Gardner says:

      Amazon is in charge of their own pricing, and they rarely explain it. I’ve gotten into it with them on several books.

  84. stacey says:

    would love to read about all those topics you mentioned. thanks for keeping current.

  85. Amanda Dykes says:

    Your sidebar says “I started this blog as a way to create a community of writers,” and it’s gloriously apparent that you’ve done just that! As such, I think the community of writers will come to read your own take on whatever you feel is relevant. I do love the nature of the posts you already create, but doing an intermittent “round-up” of links to pertinent news, as others have suggested above, might be a neat addition too. Thanks for a consistently interesting, valuable blog!

    • marion says:

      I also love this “community of writers”.

      So much useful stuff about writing and the whole process of getting your book published.

      I would like the focus to remain on this, rather than general industry news. On the other hand, we can’t work in a vacuum. We need some understanding of what’s going on in the big wide world of publishing.

      I think the current balance is about right. I like the way you throw in quirky funny stuff too, once in a while.

      • I agree with Marion, I am so glad I stumbled on this blog-site and am therefore no longer alone. At present, I can not afford to go to conferences or workshops, so the conversation here has been invaluable. Thank you!

    • Rachelle Gardner says:

      Thanks! Yes, for me, the “community” is what it’s all about. Love it.

  86. I usually get publishing news from the rags. Your commentary on some items and the subsequent responses from readers might be an interesting change of pace once a week or so, but such topics are not why I subscribe to your site.
    I come here for two main reasons. First, I want to know how to navigate the many avenues of publishing when I feel led to seek publication.
    Second, I am constantly being asked about new books by fellow ministers and congregants and I use many guest bloggers and those making comments as a resource for picking up new material. (For example, I would never have known about “Paper Angels” had I not subscribed here.)
    Anything else that I glean from here is often interesting, but not necessarily applicable to me. But this blog is not for me. It is for us. Therefore, I am sure others will find such posts fascinating.

  87. I am new to your blog and I have very much appreciated your helpful posts on writing, your insider info on agents, and other information on query letters, book proposals, etc. I am more concerned about my craft right now and not about what is going on in publishing world. I know the two go hand in hand, but I can get that other info from different sources. I love that you have the inside track on the agent’s perspective and that you share it so willingly and so well. That is why I come to your blog. Thank you!

  88. Anonymous says:

    I also think you should write about what interests YOU. That’s really the key.

    • Is this a writer giving writer’s advice to an agent 🙂

      • Anonymous says:

        Writing a blog is a type of writing. The best way for Rachelle to decide what to write here, imho, is to write what calls her, what she feels needs to be said.

        • Rachelle Gardner says:

          You’re exactly right. But in the spirit of “community” which is the express purpose of the blog, I like to solicit input from time to time! Thanks.

  89. Graeme Ing says:

    I would like to hear about all those things, I like April’s idea of a monthly summary of interesting news in the publishing trade.

  90. Anonymous says:

    There are tons of blogs about writing, actually. What I’d like is a perspective about the industry and the massive changes occuring within it. There are fascinating things happening in the world that writers don’t always know about or aren’t sure how to interpret. I need to stay informed about the publishing business, and I’d appreciate both the information and your educated take on it.

  91. April says:

    Perhaps a summary of important news once a month (or even once a quarter). I find your craft and traditional publishing posts most helpful, but I don’t want to be completely out of the loop about industry news either.

    • Charise says:

      I like this idea. I don’t have a lot of time to read a variety of sources but I do check in here regularly. So maybe the Saturday post or on a monthly basis- you could provide links and/or a brief summary of your thoughts on some of the major stories?

      • Voni Harris says:

        I like this idea the best…some links we can hit if we need/care/haven’t read it elsewhere. Then you can focus on writing/agenting info for us. Blessings,

  92. Iola says:

    I’m an editor and reviewer rather than a writer, but I’d echo the commentors above in saying ‘focus on the writing’. There are lots of other bloggers talking about what is happening in the industry.

    What you could do (and I think you used to, before you switched agencies) is include a list of blogs you reference, because anyone interested in the industry side of things can then follow those links (which is how I found Steve Laube’s blog, which is how I found Joe Konrath’s blog etc. etc.).

  93. Sra says:

    I’m out of the loop with news. Sometimes it’s nice to get a little update on what the world is doing. But definitely not every day.

    I’d go for mostly writing stuff with an occasional news-y post thrown in.

  94. I would like to hear your thoughts on the self-publishing Joe one and the Amanda Knox 4 million$ deal 😉

    I like to stay informed but my biggest passion is what can I learn from it. Love to learn. Can’t get enough.

    • Rachelle Gardner says:

      I may not always agree with Konrath but he’s certainly passionate and always entertaining. I like people who are on the cutting edge and I recommend his blog to many who are considering self-pub.

      Re: Amanda Knox. I say, ridiculous. I could do EIGHTY book deals at $50,000 each for that. I’d have 80 happy authors, millions of happy readers, and a nice commission. Sheesh.

  95. Gloria G. Esquerra says:

    Keep on talking, Girl. I enjoy your blogs, advice, and knowledge of the business.

  96. Jan says:

    Craft, craft, craft! I feel the advice I get from you (and your guest bloggers) is unique. I can (and do) read the publishing news on other blogs.

  97. The list you’ve given is a good one. I want to know about those things and I wasn’t aware of some of them. I’d be interested in reading your take on them, even if someone else had already covered it. Two lenses focused on the same thing provide a better vision – hence binoculars are used more than spyglasses. 🙂 BUT – I love your posts on the craft. That would be a tough call.

  98. Bailish says:

    I like knowing about the topics, but the blogs I concentrate on help me to be a better writer. If a blog doesn’t give good writing advice, I usually unsubscribe.

  99. Crafty Mama says:

    I think it’s important to stay up-to-date on those things, but that’s just my opinion. I haven’t seen that on any other publishing blogs I follow.

  100. Since I’m not yet in publishing, I’d pick the writing over news. I might google one of the items from your list, but only because I’m nosy.

  101. I keep up with a bunch of blogs and twitter feeds, so I’d be sad if you started to cover that, Rachelle. You do such a good job of providing useful information about the craft and personal business of writing that I’d much prefer you continue to post as you have been.

    I also feel that the coverage of the traditional vs. digital publishing world has become so politicized, I’d rather keep my writing sources free of it.

    Thanks providing such a wonderful resource.

    • Rachelle Gardner says:

      You’re right, people have STRONG opinions on digital publishing! It’s hard to address it without ruffling feathers one way or another.

  102. I cannot believe it. $4 million. Really? I wonder what the odds of recouping that will be?

    You know what I do wonder is if U.S. agents represent authors living abroad?

  103. Hmmm… That’s a tough call. You’re right. Every single one of those topics have been covered by someone else in recent days, but I imagine your take would be uniquely informative. And your blog IS the first one I hit everyday (or every night I should say) so it would be nice to hear it first from you. Having said that, my favorite posts by you are those specifically tailored towards writers and writing, especially concerning traditional publishing. So, if I HAD to vote, I’d probably pick that, the writing stuff. Then again, I’d read anything you posted. And I do!

    • Gaylene says:

      I agree. It’s covered elsewhere, but I appreciate your take on the writing business. So I’d love to hear these things from you once in a while, too! Thanks for helping us all become better writers 🙂

    • Jana Hutcheson says:

      I agree with Nancy. Your blog is the first one I check each morning and sometimes the only one I have time to read that day. I’m interested in anything related to the publishing business, but as an unpublished writer, I’m especially interested in posts I feel might help me improve my writing or increase my chances of being published.

      • I’m with you, Jana. Time’s limited. I have to be selective about which blogs I read. A smattering of topics, Rachelle, will keep me better informed than staying within one. Though Amanda Knox is getting old. Reflections on writers’ popularity are valuable only if they teach us something.

    • Sandie Bricker says:

      Very important note there about your take, Rachelle. I can’t speak for everyone, but for ME, I want to know what the person who drives my career think on certain issues. So YES…I want you to blog on the cutting edge/new/changing issues.

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