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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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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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