Four publishing lessons in four minutes

Quote: Amor Towles, How I Write

Writing is a craft. It’s not a mystical state. It’s not a single emotion. It is craft. I like to think of it is as a great tennis player. Agassi…

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12 Odd Idioms

Some years ago, a German friend – who speaks very good English – was visiting New Zealand and boarded a tour bus. The driver called, “How ya going?” to which…

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Stop wondering …

Stop wondering about who will want to buy your book, and start asking about who will want to buy what’s in the book. Barry Eisler “Inside Out: A New Kind…

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Background Begone!

Remove.bg is a free service to remove the background of any photo that works 100% automatically: You don’t have to manually select the background/foreground layers to separate them – just…

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21 more dodgy publishing and marketing “services”

If you’re a writer of any sort and you don’t follow Writer Beware, well … beware! Just a couple of weeks ago, after taking Harper’s Bazaar (of all magazines!) to…

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Remember the rules!

I before E except after C … … or when your foreign neighbour Keith receives eight counterfeit beige sleighs from feisty caffeinated weightlifters. WEIRD!

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Clutter-free Web Browsing

Firefox has a great little built-in tool that most users don’t know about. It’s called Reader View and it’s right there on the URL bar: It’s a toggle. Click it…

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The (Un) Glamorous World of Publishing Revealed

Words from a book editor working for a small publishing house that is part of a big media group … The part of the job that makes me happy, as…

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What writers need to do …

… what we need to do is simply write fun and entertaining books and get them out. The next book is always the best promotion. Dean Wesley Smith Background photo:…

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Classic Literature as Fortune Cookie Fortunes

A Christmas Carol: You will become better acquainted with a coworker. Frankenstein: A friend is a present you give yourself. Metamorphosis: A dream you have will finally come true. More…

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