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Stay away from traditional book publishing

Dean Wesley Smith knows a thing or two about writing. He’s a prolific, with almost two hundred novels and hundreds of short stories under his belt. In forty years in…

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Quote: Stephen King

Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life. … If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. Stephen…

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Quote: Joe Konrath, Publishing is a lottery

No matter how talented you are, no matter how hard working, no matter how awesome and committed your publisher might be, statistically you are far more likely to lose the…

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Using two words instead of one

Benjamin Dreyer has compiled a list of redundancies, surplus words to delete from your writing where you’ve used two words when one would do. Some are rather arcane (the word…

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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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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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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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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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