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10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Published Author

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

After just a few months as an published author, I've learned some things. The learning curve, at times, was fast paced and exhilarating, much like a waterside on a hot, steamy day. At others times, well, it hasn't been so pleasant.

Holly Smith, Author of Walking Prey and Sex Trafficking Survivor, Shares Advice and Her Story

Jane Mosbacher Morris | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Jane Mosbacher Morris

Holly is indisputably courageous for sharing her personal story, which helps to illuminate that children (and adults) from all walks of life, can be the target of traffickers.

The Author Success Story Behind ABC's Resurrection: Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part I of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.07.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

What began as an interview with literary agents Jeff Kleinman, Founding Partner, and Michelle Brower, Senior Vice President, of Folio Literary Management turned into enough material for a three part Q&A series on what agents really want from authors.

'Arab Women Rising' Profiles 35 Female Entrepreneurs Changing the World

Jane Mosbacher Morris | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Jane Mosbacher Morris

Debate continues on the political implications of the so-called Arab Spring, including its impact on women. Less, however, has been said about the changing economic landscape from country to country, especially with regards to women's economic empowerment.

The Survival Girls -- Ming Holden's Book Debut

Michael Solis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Michael Solis

Ming Holden makes her book debut with her non-fiction novella, The Survival Girls, based on her work with Congolese refugee women who are survivors of gender-based violence. Ming's work is proof of what fresh energy can bring to a development project.

Lalo Is the Word, Puerto Rico His Nation

Monica Gutierrez | Posted 08.13.2013 | Arts
Monica Gutierrez

Eduardo Lalo's selection as this year's recipient of the prestigious Rómulo Gallegos International Novel Prize is an event of transcendental signific...

Writer to Writer: A Conversation with Andrew Gross

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Andrew Gross is the best-selling author of many thrillers including The Blue Zone, Eyes Wide Open, Don't Look Twice, 15 Seconds, and his latest novel, No Way Back.

Breaking the Silence of Suicide With a Siren Song

Graham Milne | Posted 07.10.2013 | Books
Graham Milne

Ksenia Anske's forthcoming debut novel, Siren Suicides, is the wrenching tale of a teenage girl, Ailen Bright, who jumps off a bridge to escape an abusive father, and is transformed into a mythological siren who can kill with her voice,

Are Authors Ever Happy?

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.16.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

I learned that starting your career opens you up to a whole new set of possible disappointments, and that even small ones can work your last nerve.

Formerly Illiterate Lobsterman Becomes Author, Reading Advocate At 98

AP | By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 03.29.2012 | Books

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- James Arruda Henry had plenty to be proud of as a lobster boat captain who managed to build his own house and raise a family. But ...

Begging for Blurbs

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.14.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Begging for blurbs is one of the more misery-producing aspects of being published. It can leave us desperate and depressed. It's humiliating to have to grovel for blurbs, rather than have your publisher secure them for you.

Making Your Novel Picks

Warren Adler | Posted 09.30.2011 | Books
Warren Adler

Would we have discovered the works of authors like Hemingway, Faulkner, Joyce, Maugham, O'Hara, Fitzgerald, Roth and many other modern masters if we had to come across them through the fragmentation and puzzling pathways of cyberspace?

If Your Book Is for Everyone, It Will Sell to No One

Arielle Ford | Posted 09.11.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

I recently read a manuscript written like a stream of conscious to the author's closest friend. I was bored and it was never clear to me who the book was for. That experience got me to thinking about some lessons for new authors...

Your House Is an Inadequate Indefensible Piece of Trash

Philip Mackey | Posted 08.01.2011 | Comedy
Philip Mackey

It is almost guaranteed that your current dwelling is not up to end-of-days "code." Can your house withstand prolonged attacks from the smiting fires ...

Authors Need Umbrellas

M.J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
M.J. Rose

As an author and in my AuthorBuzz.com capacity helping writers market their books, I talk to over 300 authors a year. What I hear the most (and what I...

Gut Check: Living the Writer's Life

Dennis Palumbo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dennis Palumbo

Like it or not, if you're a writer, there's no escaping the writer's life. There's no "Get out of jail free" card when it comes to the feelings, obsessions and worries that accompany any writer's efforts.

The New Yorker's 20 Best Writers Under 40: What You Should Know About These Talented Young Authors (PHOTOS, POLL)

The Huffington Post | Caroline Eisenmann/Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This week's issue of The New Yorker includes a list that's been creating controversy all over the web -- the editors' choices for the 20 best fiction ...

Buying the Title of Bestselling Author With One, Two or Three Easy Payments

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

For the past few years, the answer for many first time authors has come in the form of participating in a collaborative book project.

Not a Simple Price War -- It's a Fight Over What You Get to Read

William Petrocelli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
William Petrocelli

What looks like a simple price war between Amazon, Target, and Walmart over a handful of bestsellers is symptomatic of a much deeper problem in the book business.

The Help: Kathryn Stockett's Controversial Hit

The Huffington Post | Jessie Kunhardt | Posted 09.27.2011 | Books

First-time author Kathryn Stockett's recent book, The Help, has risen quickly through the bestseller lists despite Stockett being previously unknown a...

Women Gather to Celebrate Reading in Nashville, Tennessee

Holly Goddard Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Holly Goddard Jones

I'm a southern Kentucky native -- grew up just a few miles away from the Tennessee state line, turned to Nashville in my growing up as the nearest "real" city -- and yet this weekend's Southern Festival of Books was my very first.

"Fat Chick" Finally Gets Its "Fat Chance"

Lorraine Duffy Merkl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lorraine Duffy Merkl

At age 51, I never thought I'd be "debuting". In fact, I thought I'd be on the downward slope of a successful advertising career. But, plans were meant for changing.

How Big Is Yours?

Arielle Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Arielle Ford

As the budding author, you are also President of your own marketing team. I mean think about it: if you write a book or invent a new product, who is going to buy it?

Guardian's First Book Award Shortlist Announced

The Guardian | Mark Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Powerful fictional storytelling dominates the shortlist of this year's Guardian first book award, announced today, which includes works that range fro...

Get Famous Fast

Denise Brodey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Denise Brodey

You can mourn the death of publishing or you can start bushwhacking a new book trail. These women certainly have.