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Is Copy Editing A Dying Art?

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.17.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

But I've been hearing for years from many readers that books published by legacy publishers are filled with typos and errors of all kinds. I've seen it myself. And I wonder what's happened to copy editing as a field.

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?"

Elie Wiesel's 1957 Review Of Disneyland Is Utterly Charming

Atlas Obscura | Posted 07.01.2016 | Travel
Atlas Obscura

Disney circa 1960. (Photo: Orange County Archives/CC BY 2.0) by Sarah Laskow, originally published on Atlas Obscura In 1957, Elie Wiesel, the wr...

Q&A: A. Scott Berg on His Classic Max Perkins Biography, Now a Big Movie Starring Jude Law

The National Book Review | Posted 06.18.2016 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review: A. Scott Berg's Max Perkins: Editor of Genius has become a classic since its public...

Why Do Magazines and Book Publishers Rip Off Ideas? (Because They Can.)

Peter Mandel | Posted 05.31.2016 | Media
Peter Mandel

There's nothing new under the sun. This old saw is one of the first things you learn on the job if you're a writer, artist, or other drudge who tries...

How to Read a Publication Like Your Future Editor Wants You To

Rebecca L. Weber | Posted 04.29.2016 | Books
Rebecca L. Weber

Not sure why your story ideas aren't selling? If you ask an editor for advice on the best way for a freelance writer to break in to his or her publication, they often have the same response: "Read it first."

Nail the Timing for Book Promotion

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

The biggest mistake authors make is waiting until their books are published, before thinking about reaching out to media. Books are a golden time/news...

You Can't Write Without a Leap of Faith

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

The most important thing every writer has to do is take a leap of faith. What does that mean, exactly? That, no matter how stuck you are at the sta...

10.5 Hot Tips on Handling Disappointment

Cate Montana | Posted 02.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Cate Montana

I'm not going to get into an explanation of why such masochism is enjoyed let alone pursued. There is none beyond "the madness of art and artists." But I've collected more than my fair share of rejections so far this week, so listen up.

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.

Get into Top Media

Loolwa Khazzoom | Posted 01.22.2016 | Business
Loolwa Khazzoom

The core principle of getting into top media is this: It's a methodical, holistic, step-by-step process. While top media outlets occasionally feature ...

The Author and Editor Relationship: Professional Sparring Partners

Kristen Houghton | Posted 11.23.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

I have the utmost respect for editors. It is their job to see that your book is readable and flows from start to finish. There will always be times, however, when disagreements about characters, lines, and scenes are going to happen. And those disagreements are a good thing.

The Time of Their LIFE: Fun at the Office in the 1960s

Peter Mandel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Media
Peter Mandel

The mysterious, mostly disappeared world of LIFE magazine is all still there: Staffers hacking at typewriters, beefing about the managing editor, draining double Scotches and martinis before lunch. At least in my mind it's still there.

The 5 Worst Things a Writer Can Say

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.25.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

This past week, I launched my fifth novel, Chance Harbor, provoking a friend to exclaim, "Wow, you're popping out books like Tic Tacs, aren't you?" S...

8 Ways to Use College to Become a Great Editor

L.L. Barkat | Posted 10.16.2015 | Books
L.L. Barkat

"What's the opportunity here?" This is the phrase that was playing in my mind after a conversation with my daughter, who is, in her own right, a talented writer and editor -- with the possibility to also become a publisher in the future.

Alana Atwood and the Awful, Very Bad, No Good Sentence

Roz Warren | Posted 09.25.2016 | Books
Roz Warren

My friend Alana Atwood, who edits a prestigious Seattle-based literary magazine, recently received a submission that was poorly written.

Media Ethics in Lebanon Lack Proper Implementation

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.25.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

There's no shortage of workshops on media ethics and concomitant codes of conduct in Lebanon, but how are those guidelines being implemented?

Lebanese Journos Contest Union Election Results

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.17.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Reporters and editors excluded from membership are furious about results of the Lebanese Journalists Union (LJU) election so they're suing the syndicate and its president on charges of corruption, irregularities and violations of its bylaws.

Go Set A Watchman: A Lesson on Inclusion in the Literary Industry

Deborah Plummer | Posted 07.20.2016 | Books
Deborah Plummer

As a multicultural society, we can no longer afford segregation in the publishing industry comprised of select gatekeepers who define the literary landscape based on their worldview. Words create worlds and the literary industry should represent a much broader one.

This Is What Editors Know About Publishing That Writers Don't

Quora | Posted 06.25.2016 | Books
Quora

First, editors are industry professionals who can educate often-naive authors about the facts of life in the real world of publishing.

What Editors and Booksellers Are Reading This Summer

Joseph Olshan | Posted 06.23.2016 | Books
Joseph Olshan

If you're an editor like myself, you have a lot of manuscripts to read. If you're a bookseller, you've got to stay on top of what's being published. This summer it seems like most of the editors and booksellers I know are reading A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara's second novel.

Waiting for the Gatekeepers

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.17.2016 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Some people will waste a lifetime waiting for the Gatekeepers. I was almost one of those people. By nature, I'm a rule follower. Even unwritten rules. If there's a way something is "supposed to be done," that's how I'll do it. When I finished writing my first novel, I queried agents.

Why It's Harder to Write the Next Book Than Your Last--And How to Keep Writing Anyway

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.15.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

I have experienced more success as a novelist than I ever imagined. So why is writing every new book harder than it was to write the one before? And how do I keep going despite my fears?

Inkubate Launches New Technology at BookExpo America

Stacy Clark | Posted 05.26.2016 | Books
Stacy Clark

Events at this year BookExpo America (BEA) showcase how Inkubate powers the traditional publishing pipeline with its interactive platform

Reviewer Prejudice at the New York Times?

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.24.2016 | Books
Lev Raphael

Reviewers like Maslin just don't know what they're missing, and they're cheating their readers. Stephen King made Maslin's list. Really? Readers would somehow have missed that he had a new book out?