Leah Cutter sold her first short story back in 1997, and continues to write and sell her fiction. She currently runs three business in Seattle: her fiction writing business, a small press, and a vacation rental. She's also lived all over the world and held the requisite odd writer jobs, such as doing archaeology in England, teaching English in Taiwan, and bar-tending in Thailand.

Her fiction includes literary, fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and horror fiction. She has a number of novels in print, plus she's been published in major magazines and anthologies.

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Business For Breakfast Vol 2.: The Beginning Professional Publisher by Leah Cutter

This book isn't going to give you all the answers about publishing. Everything is changing too fast for that.

Instead, this book will help you figure out the questions you need to be asking, right now and tomorrow and direct you to areas you need to think about.

This book covers some of the universal things in publishing, such as: organizing your computer, your publishing schedule, contracts, etc. It also highlights the things that are driven by the genre of your project, such as covers, price, and marketing.

Learn from someone who has already learned some of this the hard way. And continues to figure it out.


Leah Cutter excels at finding the right question to ask at the right time. Her Business For Breakfast series explores all sorts of questions in a short essay format that you can read, say, at breakfast. If you're thinking of publishing your own work, then this book will lead you in the right direction. If you've already published your own work, this little book will help you tweak your process. It's a little gem that you can return to over and over again, as your publishing career expands. – Kristine Kathryn Rusch



  • "Cutter knows just what she's doing"

    – Locus
  • "Absolutely enchanting"

    – Starred Booklist review
  • "…mythical, unusual, and thoroughly convincing."

    – Terri Windling, Editor of "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror"



Congratulations! You're considering publishing your own work! Or perhaps you're already publishing.

This is not going to be a step-by-step guide on how to publish.

Instead, this book is going to make sure that you know which questions to ask.

It's been my experience that when I start to learn a new topic—and I mean something really new—I don't even know enough to ask questions. Or the right questions.

This book assumes that while you know some things about publishing (perhaps you've even published things before), there's things you don't know, things you don't even know that you need to ask about or think about.

This book isn't going to answer those questions. Instead, it's going to direct you to areas you need to think about, to at least get you to ask questions about a topic.

There won't be homework, per se, with some of the chapters. But I will tell you that you'll need to do research.

For example: the number of platforms where you can publish ebooks is continually changing. Platforms start up, become the hottest new thing, then begin to have problems and publishers move away from using them. If I gave you a list of where you could publish your ebooks, it would be out of date five minutes after I wrote it.

You'll need to do your own research.

Another example. Covers. Tastes change. Look at book covers that were considered modern and hip and cool in the 1970s. They look horribly dated to us now.

The covers you do today will look great today.

Will they still be considered great five years from now? Or will they look dated?