I try to respond to all of the messages I receive, especially well-crafted emails that get to the point quickly.
If you're seeking free writing and publishing advice, try to be reasonable with your request. If it takes me 2 minutes to respond, I will. If your message requires a complex or multi-faceted response, one that really requires a consultation, then you won't hear back from me.
I often ignore publicity pitches because they don't reflect a good understanding of what gets posted on this site. For example, I don't write book reviews, so don't ask. However, I love to excerpt books on writing and publishing, especially if I'm choosing the excerpt.
One-on-one appointments and consulting
I frequently consult with authors, businesses, and nonprofits; click here for more information on booking a consultation.
Looking for a book editor?
I don't provide book editing services, but you can find recommended editors on my resources page.
General advice—or the kind you get for free
If you're looking for free assistance on writing and publishing, try the following:
- Read my 101 post on how to get published
- Browse my free writing advice archive — or buy my comprehensive guide, Publishing 101
- Check out my updated list of favorite resources for writers
Want to write a guest post?
Check the guest post archives to get an idea of what type of guests and guest posts I typically accept. I rarely accept guest posts from people or businesses outside of the writing and publishing community. My standards are high, and I sometimes ask for revisions.
Many people mistakenly think I'm a literary agent or publisher, but I'm not. I cannot publish your work, nor do I provide agent or publisher referrals. However, I've written a comprehensive post on how to find an agent or publisher.