July/August 2013 Issue
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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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All paper is not created equal. Yes, you could write in 39 ? school notebooks, but your journal should be recorded on a medium that will endure. Read more
Do you still have first-time rights to your work if it’s been printed in blogs, e-zines or tiny defunct journals? Well, the rules aren’t so black and white any more. Read more
With all things electronic demanding our attention, with new media like e-books becoming more common and more sophisticated, is the ancient book dead. Hardly. Read why. Read more
Do you really need an agent? Here’s one writer’s irreverent guide to flying solo. Read more
Should you show your article to a source before publication? We asked about two dozen writers and editors if they’d ever done so; if so, what the circumstance and result were; and if not, why not. Read more
Pinpoint issues to resolve before getting involved in a co-authoring situation, and learn how to write under a pseudonym. Read more
Use this checklist before you head out the door to your book signing. Read more
Seven Tips for Formatting Your Article Manuscript Read more
Award-winning authors Tom and Marilyn Ross share their twenty years of industry knowledge in Jump Start Your Books Sales Read more
Some of the keys to building a successful writing career cost money—a novelty most writers can’t afford to waste. Here’s how to invest in your career wisely. Read more