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Discover what you need to know about business and legal matters. You’ll find tips for working with agents and editors, learn the truth about advances, foreign rights and what to expect with the sale your first book, and much more.
Query letter writing is no doubt one of the hardest forms of writing to master. Here’s what agents and publishers need to see from you when you pitch your work. Read more
First-time author Diane Kelly offers 4 strategies to connect with editors and sell your manuscript—without an agent. Read more
In his obituary to the year-long Domino Project, Seth Godin wrote that publishing companies and other traditional players that do not adapt to new modes of doing business will go extinct. Others have suggested the same.
Meanwhile, some authors like J.A. Konrath and David Gaughran have eschewed traditional relationships with publishers to create and distribute their work on their own. In the aftermath to the Book Country self-publishing tool launch from Penguin, some outspoken critics took the announcement as an opportunity to question publishers’ relevance.
Learn more about what Hot List agents Rachelle Gardner, Chris Richman, Suzie Townsend and Ted Weinstein are seeking by reading these in-depth Q&As.
Author Dinty W. Moore discusses not taking shortcuts, perseverance and why you need to love writing to be a writer.
Just because a natural disaster or computer virus wipes out your hard drive doesn’t mean you have to lose all your work.
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Thanks to e-mail, you never need to make eye contact with editors you write for. But maybe you should. The payoff is more than you might imagine. Read more
Looking to streamline your writing process? We’ve rounded up the latest and greatest software programs designed to help, and never hinder, your writing. Read more
Choosing a good publication from a potentially delinquent one is key when it comes to receiving payment for your work. Read more
Find out if you need individual liability insurance, and learn how to protect yourself from libel or invasion of privacy claims. Read more
Michael Korda is both editor and writer — Another Life is his latest memoir. Speaking with interviewer Marsha Marks, he provides perspective from both sides of the editor’s desk. Read more
Do you have a burning desire to publish your own magazine? Ignite that passion and distribute it for all to see. Read more
Excerpted from The Insider”s Guide to Getting an Agent, Lori Perkins gives her dos and don”ts when working with an agent. Read more
More money is right around the corner for freelance writers. Follow these tips to double your writing rates painlessly. Read more
Endear yourself to editors by making your articles ruthlessly accurate. Here’s an insider’s guide to blazing through the fact-checking process. Read more
E-books haven’t set the world on fire yet, but they’re carving out a nice little niche. Read more
Use real people, places and things in your writing without getting into trouble. Read more