November/December 2013 Issue
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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.
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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Sources often want to see a writer’s work. Perish the thought, most editors will tell you. This writer respectfully disagrees. Read more
Information-packed websites, blogs and free chapters are great promotional tools. But it’s possible to give away too much. Here’s the lowdown on what to make free. Read more
Before you send off that entry, get the inside scoop from a writing competition judge on how to rise above the crowd. Read more
Here’s the truth about advances, foreign rights and what to expect with the sale your first book. Read more
To help you understand why your book proposal needs to be so thorough, the editors at Writer”s Digest offer this behind the scenes look at a typical book proposal meeting. This peek behind the publishing curtain will demystify the proposal process so that you can more easily give editors what they need, and significantly increase your chances of getting published. Read more
A little R with a circle around it—and a world of questions attached: Here’s what you need to know about using brand names in your stories. Read more
Prepare yourself and your work before trying to contact an agent with this 10-step checklist for fiction writers.
Considering the incredible rise in popularity of e-mail communication, it seems inevitable that one day expensive and time-consuming traditional queries will soon be replaced by the cheap and speedy e-query. For those of you wishing to liberate yourselves from the shackles of expensive paper and SASEs, here are a few tips on producing an e-query from business writer Jack Neff. Read more
Should print-on-demand companies take a more aggressive role in weeding out unsavory business practices in their industry? Read more
Abigail Seymour gives advice on photography when marketing your magazine nonfiction. Read more
If it feels like you’re writing in murky waters these days, well, you are. Lying, plagiarism and other misdeeds have always been part of publishing, but in the digital age it’s more prevalent—and more easily caught—than ever. Read more