Tag Archives: Publishing

Publishing as a Career for Writers

Send to KindleIn a recent blog post, Donna Shear, director of University of Nebraska Press, advised aspiring writers not to work in publishing, but rather to seek their day jobs in other fields. She offered a list of reasons to … Continue reading

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Caveat Emptor

Send to KindleI’ve worn many hats, and with the exception of one ancient riding helmet, they all relate to publishing. I’ve been an editor (Fawcett Books), a literary agent, and a teacher of writing, in addition to writing my own … Continue reading

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What To Do Once You’ve “Finished” Your Novel

Send to KindleEvery once in a while, I come across a blog post so informative that I just need to share it. Jo Bourne, for those of you who don’t already know her, is a critically acclaimed writer of historical … Continue reading

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Have red pencil; will travel?

Send to Kindle  Should writers hire freelance editors? It’s a vexed question, much debated on the writers’ forums and blogs. My own opinion has evolved over time with the changes in the publishing industry, and it may surprise those of … Continue reading

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Top Ten Ways To Get Rejected By Your Dream Agent

Send to Kindle  Last week, West Coast literary agent Pam van Hylckama Vlieg was in her car on the way to pick up her daughter at school when she was suddenly attacked by a man wielding a baseball bat. He … Continue reading

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The Third Way

Send to Kindle  It’s always nice for a writing teacher when her students go forth and publish. Tiffany Allee didn’t even wait for class to end. She was in the middle of one of my Next Level courses when she … Continue reading

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Films About Writers: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Send to Kindle  Sorry to be late with this post. I spent the last few days recuperating from a movie I saw over the weekend. The Words is about a writer who plagiarizes the work of another writer, gains fame … Continue reading

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The Best Part of Publishing

Send to KindleThe problem with living in the golden age of anything is that you never know it at the time. It is what it is, that’s all. Only much later, when it’s over, do you realize in retrospect what … Continue reading

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Don’t Bury Publishing Yet: 8 Self-Publishing Canards

Send to KindleLast week, David Vinjamuri wrote a thought-provoking piece on the future of publishing, entitled “Publishing Is Broken, We’re Drowning In Indie Books—And That’s a Good Thing.” The article is nuanced and non-partisan, the comments less so, as respondents … Continue reading

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Digging Up Blurbs

Send to KindleI was looking for a book in an airport recently, just in case the three paperbacks and the hundred or so novels stored in my Kindle failed to suffice, when I came upon a novel by a writer … Continue reading

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