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
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
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
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?
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!
Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution… . . . → Read More: The Shirky Principle
There have been a couple of fascinating pieces written recently that focus on the ever-expanding role of the literary agent. . . . → Read More: The Evolution of the Literary Agent
One of the (many) reasons I’ve been inconsistent with my posting lately is that I’ve been working on a new design for the site. Check it out: The (New and Fancier) Writer’s Advocate
(Go ahead and click it. I’ll follow you, and so will all of the words below. Here, one more time: The (New and Fancier) Writer’s Advocate)
I’ll keep the old site up briefly to give readers a chance to change their bookmarks. If you’ve subscribed to this blog through email or RSS, please visit the new site and use the icons in the . . . → Read More: Revamping The Writer’s Advocate
I was recently asked to do a guest blog appearance, and below is the piece that was originally published on May 29, 2010 at…
I’ve lived twenty-five long years now, and certain things become apparent to one who is lucky enough to make it this far. Being one of the “old-timers,” I believe I have license to reminisce on days gone by, things we enjoyed once that have faded into the ether, or changed beyond recognition.
Facebook, for instance. Boy, in my day that . . . → Read More: The End of Facebook Freedom
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."