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How to Read Like a (21st Century) Poet

Josh Lefkowitz | Posted 04.17.2015 | Books
Josh Lefkowitz

What works for one person may not work for another; you alone know what kind of reading experiences will excite and/or move you. But I do think you have to read, to become a (better) poet; and I do think the internet can provide some remarkable avenues to do said reading.

11 Tips on Getting Your Book Published

Melody Moezzi | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Melody Moezzi

Becoming an author is a bit like becoming an acrobat. Few people know how to go about either; fewer bother to attempt, and fewer still succeed. There is no single "correct" path to getting a book published. Every author, every book and every career is different.

Memoirs: No One Wants to Read Your Diary

Jennifer S. Wilkov | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Jennifer S. Wilkov

We all have a story to tell. Our lives are our stories. That's why the memoir category exists--because we love to read biographies and memoirs of those names we know and the people we want to learn more about.

'The Lady From Zagreb': A Conversation With Philip Kerr

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In The Lady From Zagreb, the tenth book in the Gunther series, Bernie--a former homicide detective totally unsympathetic to the Nazi regime--finds himself at the height of the war, forced to run errands for the notorious Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Propaganda.

Survey: Best Online Monetization Platforms for Publishers of All Sizes

Andre Bourque | Posted 04.13.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

The internet still provides a number of ways for publishers to make money from the traffic that passes through their websites each day.

Keep Your Book Promotion Campaign Going

Stacey J. Miller | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Stacey J. Miller

Authors do not have to passively watch as their book promotion campaigns come to a full stop after the book's publication date, nor do they necessarily have to convince the publisher to exceed its book marketing budget. Here's at least five things you can do to pick up your book publicity campaign where your publisher has left off.

In the Stars?

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.10.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Diary of a Mad Ghostwriter

Sue Carswell | Posted 04.09.2015 | Comedy
Sue Carswell

I would say you have to be a bit ego-less to deal with the people I have ghosted books with over the the past ten years, all for major publishing houses. I've worked with an insecure TV pundit who had ideas galore but that was about it.

Elephants as Super-Communicators: New Books on Cracking Their Codes

David Tereshchuk | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
David Tereshchuk

We owe our growing knowledge of their highly sophisticated communications systems to a fine lineage of animal behavior researchers, scientists who are in very large part women, as it happens.

How Publishers are Experimenting With New Distribution Methods

Phil Simon | Posted 04.07.2015 | Books
Phil Simon

As the author of seven books, I know a thing or two about publishing. For a long time now, brick-and-mortar bookstores have been disappearing at a rapid rate. This poses an enormous challenge facing today's writers in how to get their stories in front of potential customers.

Inside Traditional Publishing: An Agent's Take on Contracts

Karen Dionne | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Of all the skills a literary agent is required to have, the most important is the ability to negotiate well on behalf of the author client. Authors hire agents to protect their business interests in publishing. How do you know if your agent is a good negotiator?

Cooperative Model Boosts Independent & Transmedia Content

Jacob Devaney | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books
Jacob Devaney

Digital technology is democratizing publishing while leveling the playing field for content creators. At the same time, a cooperative model is also emerging for other aspects of publishing that includes marketing and distribution.

The Savvy Author: What You Really Need to Know to Be Successful

Kristen Houghton | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

What you have to remember is that it isn't you who is being personally rejected. It simply means that a particular agent wasn't interested in what you wrote.

Dear Indie Author: I'm Listening

Kate Fisher | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Kate Fisher

Dear Indie Author, I have a request that might rub you the wrong way, but I'm going to go for it. Would you please release an audiobook version of your latest novel?

7 Tips for Writers Looking for Lucky Breaks

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

Crossing the threshold from unpublished to published author was a similar journey for me: I had to keep pounding on that door until, one crack at a time, it gave way. There was no one lucky break. It was more like a hundred of them.

Irvine Welsh Talks to The Book Doctors About Writing, America, Rejection and the 'Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'

David Henry Sterry | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

This book is very different. First of all, it's set in sun-splashed Miami, where Mr. Welsh currently has one of his residences. It's also written from the perspective of two women. And two women who couldn't be much different from each other. I must confess, I loved this book. I devoured it in a weekend

Embracing My OzGoth

Mina Samuels | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Mina Samuels

As of last week, my agent is trying to sell a new book I wrote. My first instinct is to hide under the covers all day, every day until...well, until ...

Why You Should Write for Free... and When You Should Stop

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Your free work has provided you with a résumé. List the sites for which you have written and are writing. List any accolades or awards the sites have received; it reflects well for you that you're part of those sites.

Photography Book: Nude Self-Portraits Around Busy New York City (NSFW)

Erica Simone | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Erica Simone

I've never liked to follow rules nor cared much about wearing clothes. This became clear in my work as a photographer as I set out to photograph mys...

Writing Is My Bliss

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lev Raphael

Writing is hard work, but it's not just fun, sometimes it's bliss. As for writing a novel or any other book, what could be better? Working on one, I feel enveloped, protected, uplifted, transported. It's the best sort of vacation.

Is Publishing a Book a Birthright?

Brooke Warner | Posted 03.11.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Today, with more years under my belt and a little more empathy (as a writing coach and hybrid publisher rather than an acquiring editor) for what it takes to write a book, I embrace the metaphor completely. Writers are pregnant with the vision of their books for a long time, and bringing them into the world is, for most writers, the birth of their creative dream.

5 Easy Ways for Authors to Do Killer Readings

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.29.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

A reading is a performance. Don't ever forget that you're entertaining an audience and interacting with it. You need to see yourself as onstage, and that means getting somebody you trust to give you honest feedback from more than one reading.

Pedestals Are for Statues

Edie Weinstein | Posted 03.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Edie Weinstein

Throughout my life, my wise father used to say that "They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like you do," so that I wouldn't be intimidated by anyone. Little did he know what he was preparing me for.

Are Health and Fitness Magazines for Men Only for Straight People?

Renato Barucco | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Renato Barucco

One can't help but wonder: Are these magazines for straight men only? I am unaware of their average reader's sexual orientation, however, at least statistically, surely conjecturally, a portion of the readership must identify as gay or bisexual.

Why the Definition of 'Good Writing' Needs a Transformation

Janice Sands | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books and a Literary Arts Curator supporting the launch of Pen and Brush's new programming, shares what she has learned throughout her career in publishing and her experience as a poet and a writer.