Publishing

Writing with Profit in Mind? Your Book has Already Failed

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Today’s post is written by Nicolas Gremion. If your primary motivation for writing is making money, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. Outliers like James Patterson, Stephen King, and Nora Roberts often skew our perception of how lucrative publishing really is. In fact, very few authors actually make a living off their writing—the rest see […]

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Tony Vanderwarker: How To Fail and Fail Again

Today’s post is written by Tony Vanderwarker. Forget the MFA. What writers really need is to go to a school where you learn how to fail. That’s because failure is the one element of the craft that’s guaranteed. With seven unpublished novels languishing away on my hard drive and an overflowing shelf of rejection notices, […]

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Crowdfunding for Authors: Is it right and is it right for you?

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Crowdfunding is a hot topic, and crowdfunding for authors is a bit controversial. Let’s take a look at whether, why, when, and how writers should approach crowdfunding. Full disclosure: last fall I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $10,607 to fund the production and printing of my picture book, the Animal Store Alphabet Book. […]

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Women’s Fiction—A Publishing Perspective

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Each May, my home town welcomes visiting Australian and international authors to the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF). It’s held Walsh Bay precinct, my favorite part of the city, where old maritime wharves have been converted into theaters, restaurants and waterside apartments. It’s also, blissfully, only a 10-minute drive from my home (at least on a […]

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The Secret Way to Find a Literary Agent

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Dr John Yeoman. To get a novel published today you need an agent. Of course. But why? It wasn’t always thus. When I began writing books 40 years ago I sent my ms directly to publishers. Provided I’d observed the proper rituals – double spacing, one side only, […]

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Want Agents to Read Your Novel? Do This First

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Today’s article is written by Suzannah Windsor Freeman, founding editor. With the new year here, many of us have manuscripts we’re itching to get out there into the world of submissions. Perhaps, over the holidays, you polished off the book you wrote during NaNoWriMo, and now you want to get it in front of an agent. […]

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