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.
by G. Kyle White 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
Getting back that SASE often means rejection, but at least you know the editor got your query. What happens when you query abroad? Read more
How do you go from best friend to co-author without scarificing the friendship? Respect, honesty and a sense of humor. Read more
Many writers worry their work isn’t protected unless they use a copyright symbol or file with the Copyright Office. Learn when and how your work is protected, and exactly what that means. Read more
It’s one of the biggest writing questions of all: What do editors want? Jeff Mock, former editor of the Gettysburg Review and author of You Can Write Poetry, has the answer. Read more
Wondering if it’s time to self-publish? Get the facts first and make a decision that’s right for you. Read more
If you’re a self-employed writer, finding health-care coverage can be daunting. Look to these organizations to help you get covered. Read more