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. I don't provide manuscript editing services, but you can find recommended editors on my resources page.
Also, I partnered with The Great Courses to release a 24-lecture series on publishing, which is the most comprehensive, on-demand resource I offer that is affordable for most writers.
I am not a literary agent, and I do not provide agent recommendations or referrals.
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.
I receive many messages every week from people who want me to recommend an agent or publisher, or ask me to provide feedback on their manuscript. In most cases, I can't help you with either of these tasks. Read my post on finding a literary agent for the process you should follow.