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Chantelle Bentley has this advice for fiction writers and poets: Determining what editors mean by “We want quality work” can be difficult, even frustrating. That task becomes easier if you keep in … Read more
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If the reality of today’s publishing environment hasn’t sunk in yet, here’s a quick reminder: After you get a book deal, it’s very unlikely that your publisher will spring for a cross-country, … Read more
Pity the poor American publishing company. After all, you, Mr. Author, aren’t the only one struggling in a competitive marketplace. Publishers churn out thousands of books each year, hoping for a hit, … Read more
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Writers who have had some success in placing their work know that the effort to publish requires an entirely different set of skills than does the act of writing. A shift in … Read more
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