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WARBeat the Reaper: A NovelThe Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora's Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American FinanceThe Evolution of Bruno LittlemoreThe Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red HarvestGlengarry Glen Ross

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The People of Publishing: Michael Solana

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Do you know where a form rejection letter belongs? In the trash can. Do yourself a tremendous favor and throw it the hell away. Get it out of your life. I can guarantee you that it didn’t come from a negative place. Some editorial assistant or agent was really just trying for a polite “no.” . . . → Read More: The People of Publishing: Michael Solana

Author Benjamin Hale Offers Advice For Aspiring Writers

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Sometimes I think that a good metaphor for success at writing would be to imagine a measuring cup that has to be filled up to a certain line, labeled “success.” To fill this cup up to the line, you have three ingredients… . . . → Read More: Author Benjamin Hale Offers Advice For Aspiring Writers

The People of Publishing: Ronit Feldman

Our first interview in this brand new series is with Ronit Feldman, associate editor at Nan A. Talese Books/Doubleday. . . . → Read More: The People of Publishing: Ronit Feldman

UPDATE: Is this really the end of Oprah’s Book Club?

Sometimes blogging is about I-told-you-so moments, and this is one of those for me. With the announcement on her show today that Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom is the new book club pick… . . . → Read More: UPDATE: Is this really the end of Oprah’s Book Club?

Have your questions answered by an editor at a major publishing house!

The goal of the interview series will be to provide writers with practical advice about the process of writing and getting published, as well as an inside look at the publishing industry.

This is where you come in. Please use the comment section to submit any questions you would like answered. . . . → Read More: Have your questions answered by an editor at a major publishing house!

"Real careers are built stepwise."

I want to share an excerpt from Jofie Ferrari-Adler’s interview with Jonathan Galassi, part of the brilliant Agents & Editors series in Poets & Writers. Mr. Galassi is the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

If you agree with what Mr. Galassi is saying below, you’re the type of writer I want to work with. . . . → Read More: "Real careers are built stepwise."

Books Are Great Gifts

Last year for Christmas, I bought everyone in my family a book and it was a great experience. The trick is not to give them something you like, but something they will like. It forces you to really consider your loved ones’ interests, as opposed to thinking along the lines of what they “need” (new socks, a tea kettle, etc.) . . . → Read More: Books Are Great Gifts

Scared of the Query

There’s no doubt that query letters can be a major source of anxiety, but they’re a necessary part of the process of getting your work published (if you decide not to self-publish, of course). The best thing you can do is educate yourself, and then try to stay calm. I believe that good work will shine through a marginal query in most cases. . . . → Read More: Scared of the Query

Getting Started

Thanks to Patrick Egan for posting the first comment on this blog!

Patrick: “I am about halfway finished with the first draft of a fiction novel, and have neither an agent, nor publisher, (I know ~ lucky me, huh?). One question I have is, at what point should I begin the hunt? Do I wait until I have a final draft that I am comfortable to present, or should I start earlier, pitching the idea before the novel is fully written?”

A great question, and certainly a common concern for aspiring writers.  Non-fiction projects are often submitted when . . . → Read More: Getting Started

Introduction

I envision this blog as a place to communicate with writers, as well as my colleagues in the publishing industry. . . . → Read More: Introduction

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