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A manifesto for all writers

thebookseller.com – Monday October 12, 2015

"There are too many adjectives in publishing already," writes Carla Douglas, an editor based in Kingston, Ontario. "We need to bridge the self-pub/trad-pub divide" she tells us in her manifesto, "do away with these distinctions and let writers be writers." And as she develops her point here, note that Douglas is talking not only to the industry that surrounds such talent but also to the writers, themselves: "Focus on the writing, publish however you like, but publish well."

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How Twitter’s 140-Character Limit Made Me a Better Writer

lifehacker.com – Tuesday October 6, 2015

Twitter is planning to extend its typical 140-character limit, and a lot of people are welcoming the change. But as annoying as the 140-character limit can be, I've found that it actually helped me practice a few principles for better writing.

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Steven Pinker: 'Many of the alleged rules of writing are actually superstitions'

theguardian.com – Tuesday October 6, 2015

People often ask me why I followed my 2011 book on the history of violence, The Better Angels of Our Nature, with a writing style manual. I like to say that after having written 800 pages on torture, rape, world war, and genocide, it was time to take on some really controversial topics like fused participles, dangling modifiers, and the serial comma.

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Inside Traditional Publishing: "Divorcing" Your Agent – When It's Time to Say Goodbye

huffingtonpost.com – Tuesday October 6, 2015

For many authors, the thought of voluntarily ending their relationship with their literary agent can be heartbreaking – especially if their agent search was long and difficult, or if they genuinely like their agent. But like a marriage, sometimes what initially looked like an ideal pairing turns out otherwise.

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Is self-publishing the new black?

newsok.com – Sunday October 4, 2015

As an author, Jordan Dane, a former energy sales manager in Oklahoma, has had experience with publishing houses as well as self-publishing. She compares the benefits of self-publishing to what a traditional publisher might offer.

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How a Digital Publisher Fell Back in Love With Print Books

publishersweekly.com – Sunday October 4, 2015

I've fallen in love with printed books. Again. Especially those for children.

Twenty years into my book publishing career—which included marketing for trade book publishers and founding a children's imprint—I had the opportunity to go digital, move into the future, hang out with the cool guys, play games, do the bicoastal thing, and grow a ponytail.

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5 Truths to Contemplate Before You Start Writing Your Book

entrepreneur.com – Saturday October 3, 2015

"Writing a book is easy and will impress most of the people you meet."

After reading that in an article lately I gave a moment's thought to retiring my laptop and getting a job at the local bookstore.

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OF WORDS AND WILL | I’m Just a Manuscript: Part Two

cornellsun.com – Thursday October 1, 2015

This week I'm continuing my overview of the book publishing industry. If you missed the beginning of the list, check out my last post.

Today I'm focusing on interns and agents within a literary agency and leaving the rest of the process for later posts so I can give it the space it deserves. But for now, read below to find out what happens to your manuscript within a literary agency!

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What Writing His First Novel Taught Author Ted Bell About Writing His Ninth Novel

huffingtonpost.com – Wednesday September 30, 2015

"I can't predict what's going to happen with movie deals but I can predict what's going to happen with Putin."

After he said it over the phone, author Ted Bell and I chuckled. It was mid-morning on a Monday. Bell and I could hear one another over the line, sipping our coffee (he in Northern California, I in Southern California). We were wrapping up a telephone interview on Bell's writing career and the release of his new book Patriot.

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The Secret of Writing An Action Movie in Book Form

io9.com – Tuesday September 29, 2015

A great novel can be just as exciting and thrilling as a big-budget Hollywood tentpole. A novel can contain massive, insane action, that movie-makers could never even afford to bring to life. But how do you create an action movie on the page? We talked to 10 of our favorite authors, and here's what they told us.

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