Janey Burton

PUBLISHING CONSULTANT

Editor & Contracts Negotiator

Interpreting 3 Kinds of Rejection by Agents and Publishers

Interpreting 3 Kinds of Rejection by Agents and Publishers

Don’t take it personally when it isn’t personal What to do if you receive a form rejection Try and put yourself in their shoes What to do if you receive a semi-personal rejection Recognise encouragement where you find it What to do if you receive a personal rejection...
Everything You Need to Know About Mini Consultations

Everything You Need to Know About Mini Consultations

What is a mini consultation? How is a mini consultation different from a consultation? Is a mini consultation like a ‘power hour’ or a ‘1-2-1’? Why have I created a mini consultation service? Who is the mini consultation for? Who is the mini consultation NOT for? How...
Do I Really Need A Literary Agent?

Do I Really Need A Literary Agent?

This post was originally published on 2nd August 2020. It has been edited to add additional links to useful posts, and a new photo. What does a literary agent do? How does a literary agent get paid? Who needs a literary agent? What’s the alternative? This is such a...
Self-publishing, Hybrid Publishers & Vanity Presses: A Simple Guide

Self-publishing, Hybrid Publishers & Vanity Presses: A Simple Guide

Contents Self-publishing, hybrid publishers and vanity presses: a simple guide Self-publishing vs traditional publishing What is a hybrid publisher? What is a vanity press? What is a self-publishing service provider? I see it happen far too often: A writer has been...
5 Reasons You’re Not Ready to Hire an Editor

5 Reasons You’re Not Ready to Hire an Editor

5 Reasons Why You’re Not Ready to Hire an Editor You have an idea for a book … and that’s all You’ve just finished the first draft of your first book What you really need is some writing classes What you really need is to learn a bit about the industry You’re...
How Long Should My Book Be?

How Long Should My Book Be?

The question of how long a book should be is a common one. But it also seems to be an increasingly confused one, as self-published books don’t necessarily follow the same conventions as traditionally published titles, and challenges like NaNoWriMo suggest at least the...
Writing Advice From 10 Great Authors

Writing Advice From 10 Great Authors

This is my last post of 2020, and what a long and difficult year it has been. To finish the year on a high note, I’ve collected my favourite pieces of writing advice from great writers: Read, and Write “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all...
3 Basic Things to Look for in a Literary Agent

3 Basic Things to Look for in a Literary Agent

Literary agents are not created equal, and a bad or incompetent agent is worse than no agent at all. A literary agent needs to be a) legitimate b) have a suitable track record and c) be a match for you, your work, and your career. Finding the right literary agent to...