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The Old Editor Brings It

This post by John E. McIntyre originally appeared on The Baltimore Sun on 10/5/15. The question: I believe you are an expert at this. Please explain the usage of take and bring! I am driven crazy by what, seems to me, is the mixed and incorrect usage of these words. The Old Editor answers: What […]

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The Consistency Of Your Voice

This post by Ksenia Anske originally appeared on her site on 9/29/15. You know that feeling you get when you read a fantastic book and it gives you shivers? When every page you turn makes you want to read more and more, and every sentence is so bloody good you want to read it twice […]

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Connecting With Book Blogs

This post by Stephanie Barko originally appeared on The San Francisco Book Review on 10/2/15. When Technorati quietly changed their business model earlier this year and quit categorizing and ranking blogs, I began to wonder how to identify the top book blogs going forward. It turns out there are still plenty of ways to determine […]

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Let Your Green-Eyed Monster Make You Insanely Successful

This post by Marcy McKay originally appeared on Bestseller Labs on 10/14/14. Every writer has experienced this emotion. When ‘it’ happens, your head explodes, rage swirls through you, while an imaginary fist pounds your gut. When? Why? It so happens that overnight, the internet has been buzzing with the latest literary whiz kid, who hit the […]

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Anatomy of A Query Rejection

This post by Kristin Nelson originally appeared on Pub Rants on 7/7/15. This June, I taught a query workshop at Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Lit Fest. Afterward, one participant approached and asked me to read a response letter she had received (not from me). She wanted to know if it was a “standard” rejection letter. I […]

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The Secret to a Powerful Author Brand

This post by Kristen Lamb originally appeared on her blog on 9/28/15. Last time we talked a little about our author brand and why, these days, our brand is almost as important as the books we write. It is an awesome time to be a writer, but also a scary one. Why can’t it be […]

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Forget The Book, Have You Read This Irresistible Story On Blurbs?

This post by Colin Dwyer originally appeared on NPR on 9/27/15. Whatever the old adage might warn, there is a bit of merit to judging a book by its cover — if only in one respect. Consider the blurb, one of the most pervasive, longest-running — and, at times, controversial — tools in the publishing […]

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People Are Not Reading The e-Books They Buy Anymore

This post by Michael Kozlowski originally appeared on Good E Reader on 9/20/15. Are people reading the e-books they purchase from companies such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Kobo? There is growing research data that is supporting the notion that people are not reading the digital titles they buy online and for the most […]

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A Glossary Of Typographic Terms

This post by Janie Kliever originally appeared on Canva on 7/20/15. The world of typography often seems like it has its very own language, full of serifs, strokes, and swashes. Sorting out all those terms can be confusing in itself, so we’ve compiled a visual glossary that will guide you through the lingo — whether […]

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Round-Down: On Women Writers And the Fallout from ‘Confession’ in the Digital Age

This post by Cathe Shubert originally appeared on Ploughshares on 9/22/15. Social media is in the spotlight—or crosshairs, as it may be–in the literary landscape this week. Several articles and author interviews have touched upon both the benefits and the tremendous costs known to an author maintaining their online presence, none of them coming to a firm conclusion about […]

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Ask Polly: Should I Just Give Up on My Writing?

This post by Heather Havrilesky originally appeared on New York Magazine’s The Cut on 9/16/15. Dear Polly, I feel like you get lots of letters from folks either starting out pursuing their passion, or looking for a passion to begin with, but here I am, midlife, mid-career, full of passion but in a slump. I’m […]

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I Gave A Speech About Race To The Publishing Industry And No One Heard Me

This post by Mira Jacob originally appeared on Buzzfeed on 9/17/15. We are ready for a publishing industry that represents the world we live in, and it will ignore us — writers and readers of color — at its peril. Last night, I walked into a mini-disaster. Or to be more precise, I stood on […]

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Alfred Hitchcock's Bomb: Suspense, Surprise, and Emotion in Narrative

This post by Peter Ginna originally appeared on his Dr. Syntax blog on 9/21/10. Although I am a nonfiction publisher at the moment, I still love to read fiction in a variety of genres, from literary novels to thrillers. And I think for most editors it’s impossible to read a book without your editorial reflex […]

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WorldCat Service Lets You Search Over 10,000 Libraries Around The World

WorldCat Service Lets You Search Over 10,000 Libraries Around The World

This post by April Hamilton originally appeared on her Digital Media Mom site on 9/16/15. It’s included here because, combined with inter-library loans, this free service is an extremely valuable research tool for authors.   The very useful and totally FREE WorldCat site and mobile app let users search a global network of libraries for […]

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That’s Too Much: The Problem with Prolific Writers

This post by Drew Nellins Smith originally appeared on The Millions on 9/2/15. Lately I’ve been struck by the notion that there might be no books more lost than those buried in the overwhelming bibliographies of authors who have simply published too damn much. On Thursday, The New York Times published an op-ed defense of […]

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