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Business Legal Matters
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.
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
Looking for ways to earn more money from your writing? Robert Bly, long-time freelancer and author of Write More, Sell More, provides guidance. Some excerpts from his book: Editors Hate To Take … Read more
A few months ago, an editorial staffer at Lucky put the word out among New York book publicists that the magazine was looking for “an attractive female author…between the ages of 25 … Read more
If you want to be a successful writer these days, you”ve got to have a successful Web site. Just ask David Leite. His creation, www.leitesculinaria.com, was chosen from 425 nominees as the … Read more
I’m working on an instructional math book that includes a lot of parodies, e.g., a mock Emily Latella/Jane Curtin dialogue, an algebraic variation of Abbott and Costello’s Who’s on First?, and mentions … Read more
Writing a book is an art, but publishing a book is a business. And along with any business comes the need for marketing plans and promotional ideas. But that’s not an author’s … Read more
One of the annoying things about writing nonfiction is that you have to get quotes. And to get those quotes, you have to actually talk to people and pay attention to what … Read more
Before you go out and buy reams of paper or a bound book of blank pages for your journal, try this inexpensive and relatively quick experiment to evaluate paper quality: Collect the … Read more
Published or Not? Here’s a quick list to determine if your piece counts as “previously published.” It was published if… • you gave up your first North American serial rights • it … Read more
So, who today gives a damn about a book, that archaic package of words, black upon white, noninteractive, static, unflickering and unbeeping? Who cares, when screens of DVD and VHS entertain, when … Read more
SMALL-PRESS MARKETS These publishers want to read your work, whether you have an agent or not. Check out http://www.writersdigest.com/articles/smallpress_markets.asp for a detailed listing, including tips straight from the publishers’ mouths. Special thanks … Read more
Steve Yahn, executive editor, Editor & Publisher magazine: That I can remember, I’ve never shown an article to a source for an advanced read. Why? Because I should be smart enough and … Read more
A friend and I are co-authoring a novel. What needs to be considered in any legal agreements? —Heather Gent Writers who share the work of writing a book—researching, writing, revising—are joint authors … Read more