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Breaking In: Voice

Karen Dionne | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

All agents and editors look for different things in a manuscript. For authors hoping to sell their novel to a major publisher, this variety of tastes and opinions works in their favor: one man's trash is another woman's treasure. But one item comes up over and over again: Voice.

Breaking in: It's All in the Writing

Karen Dionne | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

At its core, a book is not only the vision of its author; it is also a collection of words on a page. By necessity, the arrangement of those words sho...

A Deadline Looms -- It's Time to Let Go of That Manuscript

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Writers need editors. Editors keep you from looking like an idiot. They keep you from falling through the holes you've left in your manuscript, the ones everyone can see, plain as day, except you.

Breaking In: Making Your Story Impossible to Put Down

Karen Dionne | Posted 08.27.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

What makes a story impossible to put down? Faculty members of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat offer their best advice to aspiring writers.

15 Writing Quotes to Challenge and Inspire

Karen Dionne | Posted 08.20.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

Many writers would drool at the idea of spending a week at a writers retreat on a private Bahamian island, but not every writer is in a position to invest the time and money to attend.

How to Write a Synopsis? Pretend You're Carving Soap

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.25.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I recently finished the synopsis for my new novel, and truthfully? By the end I felt like I did at Girl Scout camp, when they used to have us carv...

Jane Yolen, America's Hans Christian Anderson, on Rejection, Reading Out Loud & the Keys to Writing Great Books for Kids

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

One of the great things about attending a great writer's conference is that you get to bask in the glow, and imbibe the wisdom of, great writers.

Do Great Writers Make Bad Editors?

Sunil Rajaraman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Media
Sunil Rajaraman

During the last three years, we've built a network of thousands of freelance writers who have been vetted by a writing test. This week we launched a new editing test that we hope will help us identify strong editors within our network.

The Literary Road Show: Giving Writers Feedback and Support, not Statistics and Hype

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Bernard Starr

What authors and wannabee authors crave is feedback on their manuscripts and proposals from publishing professionals -- mainly literary agents and editors.

The New York Times Legacy, From Jill Abramson (VIDEO)

Posted 04.24.2014 | MarloThomas

When asked about the legacy of The New York Times —and the honor of being its first female Executive Editor—Jill Abramson spoke with pride as she ...

What Is Happening to Language?

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 06.08.2014 | Media
SidneyAnne Stone

I have been trying to avoid writing this piece for fear that I will sound like a grumpy old lady which, by the way, I am not. Even as I hear myself discuss this issue I remind myself of my high school English teacher, who was a miserable little thing in case you were wondering, yet I still feel compelled to introduce the topic.

Gloria Mindock Talks About Poetry and Truth

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

The poems are years of listening to other people on the streets tell me their problems and most of it was always about a bad relationship. So I took what they told me and wrote about it like I was the one who went through all this bad stuff.

U No Read, Me No Write

Melody Moezzi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Comedy
Melody Moezzi

Until recently, no editor ever encouraged me to write for the skimming, scanning, browsing, not-actually-reading "reader."

A New Treats Trend at NYFW

Jasmine Snow | Posted 04.11.2014 | Style
Jasmine Snow

The Seventeen Fashion team is on day number four, and as we've been running from show to show we've been lucky enough to get some goodies and snacks in between. I've noticed this season not only are designers feeding our notebooks with new creations, but some are even keeping our belly's fully too!

How Do Publishers Select Which Books To Publish?

Steven Zacharius | Posted 03.08.2014 | Books
Steven Zacharius

Publishers don't decide which books they're going to publish while sitting alone in a dark room with one little lamp burning. It's not a secretive process and it's not just a matter of a singular person's whims or personal tastes.

Creating the Bat #9: Dave Taylor

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Dave Taylor is a British illustrator who's seen more than his fair share of projects -- and his roles on them -- over the years. Taylor, however, is arguably best known for his work on Batman.

Creating the Bat #8: Scott Peterson, Part II

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

"Creating the Bat" takes just a short peek into this never-ending process, asking five quick questions to the creators who have helped to make the Batman what he is today.

Creating the Bat #7: Scott Peterson, Part I

Marc N. Kleinhenz | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Marc N. Kleinhenz

Scott Peterson joined DC Comics as the assistant to Batman Group Editor Denny O'Neil in 1991. Peterson quickly established himself as a capable and knowledgeable overseer and was rewarded by being promoted to an editor in his own right.

Getting Run Out of the Newspaper Business, and Other Good News

Jim Thomsen | Posted 02.09.2014 | Small Business
Jim Thomsen

But I surprised myself. But I didn't cry. I didn't kick anything. I didn't steal light bulbs or toilet paper or toner cartridges. Instead, as I walked past the cubicles that comprised my second home, I felt the last thing I expected to feel: pity. Not for me, but for them.

Bad Math: Rationalization in Fiction

Harrison Demchick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.

Writing Taboo

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Strauss

While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.

Lebanese Press Syndicate Head Kicks Up Media Storm

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.05.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Baalbaki resigned. Baalbaki didn't resign. "Baalbaki Forever" headlined the Maharat News website, saying that no sooner had the Lebanese Press Syndi...

Do Paywalls Change the Engagement Equation?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.30.2013 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Jake Batsell seems to think so, saying that while advertising-driven models of digital journalism aim to maximize page views, when news organizations ...

Alan Rinzler, on Publishing Past, Present and Future: Part 1

Terence Clarke | Posted 11.09.2013 | Books
Terence Clarke

When you are reading the acknowledgments page of a newly purchased book, and you come across effusive thanks from the writer to his/her editor, you can reasonably ask, "Just what does an editor do?"

Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Kristen Lamb | Posted 08.29.2013 | Books
Kristen Lamb

There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it's always important to keep reading and writing. If you can get rid of these common offenders on your own, then good editors can focus on the deeper aspects of your fiction.