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You’ve just finished your umpteenth revision of your first novel and you’re riding high on endorphins. The passion and dedication that brought you to this feeling of achievement is palpable. If only … Read more
When people hear my story, some say breaking into a prestigious New York publisher without a literary agent was a coup. Others say it was pure stupidity. I’m going with coup. Sure, … Read more
By Jeremy Greenfield, Editorial Director, Digital Book World, @JDGsaid With self-publishing tools proliferating and traditional publishing business models in flux, authors, agents and book-industry observers have been increasingly debating the relevance of … Read more
Ask the Pro: Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner Super-agent Rachelle Gardner shares the inside scoop on her pet peeves, the worst query she’s ever received and what her dream client would be like. … Read more
What message do you find yourself repeating over and over to writers? There is no shortcut. Good writing takes work, stubborn revision, and more than anything, the willingness to dig deeper and … Read more
There’s a saying in Texas: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute and it’ll change.” That proved true last year as floods deluged many areas of the normally drought-stricken state. … Read more
Do you ever want your interview subject to review an article before publication? Sometimes. Do journalists and editors shiver when you suggest this? Usually. The Society of Professional Journalists recommends writers “distinguish … Read more
Even the greatest book wouldn’t attract readers if no one knew it existed. Today’s authors are increasingly expected to participate in promotional efforts even if major houses publish them, and self-published books … Read more
When I began entering writing contests, I wondered why my scripts never made the finals. If only I could have interviewed the judges, gotten into their heads and discovered why they’d rejected … Read more
No one appears immune to fantasies of overnight fame and fortune—certainly not authors, and especially not first-time authors. And every year, a half-dozen or so new writers do, indeed, sign for six-figure … Read more
If you want to get your nonfiction book published, you”ll need a good idea, reasonable writing ability, and the following: Cover Letter Cover Page Overview Marketing Information Author Information Chapter Outline Sample … Read more
You want your story or novel to be as realistic as possible, right? So it might seem appropriate for your character, Bud (who likes his fair share of beer), to have a … Read more
Before you contact an agent: 1. Finish your novel or short story collection. An agent can do nothing for you without a finished product. 2. Revise your novel. Have other writers offer … Read more
Imagine no stamps. No self-addressed stamped envelope or prepaid reply postcards. No crisp 25% rag-content ivory stock with your query, dutifully contained on a single page surrounded by one-inch margins. E-mail has … Read more
Determining what editors mean by “We want quality work” can be difficult, even frustrating. That task becomes easier if you keep in mind the following points when submitting poetry or fiction to … Read more
The opportunity to put out a good-looking book cheaply and quickly, without going through traditional publishing channels, has made the print-on-demand (POD) industry an attractive option for a lot of writers. But … Read more
Looking to increase your value to editors — and your income, as well? Consider supplying photographs when marketing your magazine nonfiction. Writer/editor Abigail Seymour sold her first magazine article on the strength … Read more
For nearly four years, Panio Gianopoulos, an editor at Bloomsbury USA, worked closely with JT LeRoy, the young author of Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things. LeRoy seemed tailor-made … Read more