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Write a Winning Book Proposal and Land a Book Contract

Miriam Diaz-Gilbert | Posted 07.08.2016 | Books
Miriam Diaz-Gilbert

Before teaching college theology/religious studies, I taught college academic ESL (English as a second language) writing for twenty-four years. I taught students whose first or best language is not English. One day at the start of class, I wrote on the board: "You cannot BS your way through the writing proficiency exam" (a graduation requirement). Then I asked, "Can someone tell me what BS means?"

Can You Land an Agent or Book Deal at a Writers Conference?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 01.26.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

If you're an unknown quantity, and you aren't sleeping with someone at a literary agency--or even if you are, in some cases--it's virtually impossible to get face time with a publishing professional, be it an agent, editor, or publisher.

The Publishers Are As Bad As Amazon

Thomas Hauser | Posted 09.14.2014 | Books
Thomas Hauser

Publishing today is characterized by powerful corporate entities acting in concert to the detriment of essentially powerless authors. Something must be done to remedy the situation because it's driving a lot of good writers out of publishing.

New 'Dracula' Document By Author Bram Stoker Being Released

Posted 03.26.2012 | Books

"Dracula" author Bram Stoker was more than a skillful Gothic penman. He also studied law, and his talents are evident in the legal contract for his bl...

Behind the Scenes with a Literary Agent

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

To potential authors, agents can seem like the fairy Godmother, who guides the author's books along the path to greatness. Here is an insider's perspective of what an agent really does.

Losing My Book Advance Taught Me to Write

Josh Axelrad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Josh Axelrad

I was given a large book advance in 2005. This didn't sit well with me. It wasn't writerly, I felt, simply to be handed money without having struggled. My reaction was to gamble for about a year.