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.

Giving It Away

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.

Face Time

Thanks to e-mail, you never need to make eye contact with editors you write for. But maybe you should. The payoff is more than you might imagine.

Copyright Law 101

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.

What Do Editors Want?

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.

Get Connected

Publishing has its ups and downs, but writers can find stasis in online communities. Read about three groups that provide more than just a place to commiserate about editors.

Bidding War

Are freelance-bidding sites helpful to professional writers—or are they online dollar stores where clients shop for cheap labor?