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When Should You Settle For Your Second-Choice Literary Agent?

| Posted 12.24.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: So you’ve written a (stupendous) novel and you’ve submitted queries to multiple literary agents. Now all you have to ...

Twitter Campaign Takes Aim at Charles Johnson's Publisher

Nathan Robinson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Nathan Robinson

In July, Johnson announced proudly that he had inked a deal with St. Martin's Press, a veteran New York publisher and part of the global giant Macmillan.

Inherent Vice: Danny Gabbai, Executive Creative Director of Vice LA, Talks Publishing, Lists and Theorists

Jocelyn Jeffery | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media
Jocelyn Jeffery

"The more we immerse ourselves in a virtual representation of reality, the more important signifiers become."

Why I've Decided to Opt-Out of Finding an Agent for My Memoir, "Accidental Soldier"

Dorit Sasson | Posted 12.05.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Frankly, I always envisioned my memoir among some of the biggest publishing houses in the world. In fact, it's been my dream. I couldn't think of going any other route.

The 5 Most Common Mistakes Writers Make

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I made so many mistakes along the way that I thought I'd offer a roundup of them to help aspiring writers avoid stumbling into the same muddy potholes that nearly swallowed me whole.

Writing Style, Culture & Honesty: the Truth From Fashion's Global Nomad

Aileen McGraw | Posted 12.03.2014 | Style
Aileen McGraw

Kelley Mullarkey starts our Skype conversation by declaring, "I leave for Morocco in 24 hours." Mullarkey is publisher and editor-in-chief of majestic disorder, a magazine for nomadic creatives.

The Next Enlightenment: Sharing Science With the World

Mariette DiChristina | Posted 12.02.2014 | Science
Mariette DiChristina

When we talk about success, we often think of competition. But the true story of human progress is more frequently one of cooperation. As a species, evolutionary biologists tell us, we've always gotten farther together than we have by going it alone.

First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

Jim Luce | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Jim Luce

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...

Does Publishing Have a Gender Issue - and Can the Solution Be Crowd-sourced?

Jimmy Leach | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Jimmy Leach

Make no mistake -- at the sharp end of decision-making and writing, women are still being pushed out. And there may be worse on the horizon. The geeks are coming -- and they're (almost) always boys.

Why Do So Many Writers Say Writing Torments Them?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.13.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

When writers complain about writing, their audience really ends up being other writers, and many of us think, "If it makes you so damned miserable, just get another job already."

7 Ways to Make Pimping Your Book for a Blurb Less Weird

Holly Robinson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

There is no easy way to ask for blurbs, but take comfort in the fact that every writer has to do it. Now that I've just gritted my teeth and gone through the process for the fourth time, for my novel Haven Lake, I thought it might help newbie writers to think about these strategies...

Low Riders in Outer Space: Cathy Camper on Graphic Novels, Robert Rodriguez, & Diversity

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Cathy Camper at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books) at one of our favorite book stores, Powell's in Portland, Oregon. As soon as she pitched us her graphic novel, Low Riders in Outer Space," we knew this was a great book waiting to happen.

Little White Lies: Are They Good or Bad in Publishing?

Judy Mollen Walters | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Judy Mollen Walters

If you've been in publishing at all -- no matter what your role -- author, editor, publisher, agent... you've undoubtedly told a few little white lies or been on the receiving end of them.

The Cat/Book Connection

Lissa Warren | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Lissa Warren

It has always been about cats for me. Cats and books, books and cats. In my mind the two are inextricably linked, and in college I set about immersing myself in any and all cat-related literature.

8 Dos and Don'ts When You Get a Bad Review

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

Don't text everyone you know that the reviewer is an absolute moron who deserves nothing but bad sex and botulism. Why? Most people won't know about the review until you tell them.

How to Get a Writing Job

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 12.06.2014 | Books
Jeremy Bamidele

Being in the publishing industry, I'm often asked how I got started. The media industry is notoriously competitive with many job seekers and few jobs. The hours are long and unusual and the pay, huh, what pay? We're talking about publishing here.

Wanna Be a Writer? Do Whatever You Want

Dana Sitar | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Dana Sitar

Through trial after trial for about three years, I found a perfectly negative correlation between the growth of my "online business" and my satisfaction with my life and work as a writer. I finally concluded: The kind of writing I love to do doesn't pay fast.

Want to Be a Children's Author? Here Are Some Tips

Melissa Carter | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Melissa Carter

As a gay mother I've had to be discerning because many children's books include a mother and father, and have often thought about writing some of my own to reflect his upbringing.

Precious Fall Book Selection

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

This fall, the prestigious small press, Ashland Creek Press, gives us Love & Ordinary Creatures -- a richly told tale of grace, heartbreak and redemption. One of those grand 'You Gotta Read This' books to gift to others.

How To Market A Self-Published Book

Paul Jarvis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Business
Paul Jarvis

You can achieve success -- however you define success -- by doing practically anything that goes with or even against current advice online for self-published book marketing. The "self" in self-publishing means you've got the reins.

Poet Voice and Flock Mentality: Why Poets Need to Think for Themselves

Lisa Marie Basile | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Lisa Marie Basile

Fear means you know you may be incorrect. You may find that when you read your poem as you -- when you abandon those auto-subscribed notions of sound and musicality -- you will reach and offer a much deeper attachment to your work.

When Reader Inspires Author

Melody Moezzi | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Melody Moezzi

While the vast majority of the messages I receive from readers are not of this venomous variety, most aren't pure expressions of admiration or gratitude either. At first glance, they may appear to be fan letters, but they aren't -- because they're not from fans.

The Power to Bid by Title: How One Independent Bookstore Is Innovating This Centuries-Old Model

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

In 8th-century Baghdad, the warraqueen (those that handle paper) were the paper masters, the human photocopiers, copying texts and creating tomes to fill shelves throughout the Islamic world.

One Key Thing Writing Teachers Never Told Me and Probably Won't Tell You

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

Social media is supposedly the answer to the eternal question of what will make your book a hit, and there are hundreds of people willing to sell you a book (or their consulting services) that they guarantee will reveal the secret to success. It's all 21st-century snake oil.

I Just Can't Quit You, Jeff

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 10.27.2014 | Books
Jane Adams Ph.D.

What I blame Jeff for is how stupidly and arrogantly he's squandering the cultural capital he's earned with readers like me by pitting them against writers like me.