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Whats new: 22 April 2019 - What's new 22 April 2019
  • ‘Ten or 15 years ago, (literary estates) were dead. There were a few classic books that will always be with us, and the rest was dust. Then e-books provided the mechanism of making old things timeless - there was no such thing as backlist or frontlist any more.

By day, she researches the poetry of John Donne as a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. But in the evening, when Dr Katherine Rundell wants a bit of comfort, she reads Paddington. "As an adult, the thing I love about Paddington is that the structure Michael Bond has built into his books is one...

The Academy of American Poets

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Link: Author Photo Basics 22 April 2019

You've written your book, hired editors, produced print and e-book editions, planned a marketing campaign, and are ready for launch -- but have you considered the little things - like your author photo?

We've all been there. We send a piece of ourselves out into the world and then wait to see what happens. And we try not to take it personally. But unless you've written a manual about the proper application of an electronic device, there's a part of you in your work and you want to see it do...

Almost anyone who has spent time in the query trenches knows how challenging it is to capture the attention of a literary agent. Most agents, even new agents eager to build their client list, pass on over 90 percent of the queries they receive.

I am a realist, not prone to outlandish dreams, and thus, rarely disappointed. Before The Joy Luck Club was published in March 1989, I told my husband that my novel would be on bookstore shelves for about six weeks and then disappear into the shredder. I had heard this was the case with most...

Being an author is hard. There's no way around it. Some days, the prose will spring onto the page almost without effort. On others, it will be an exercise in stagnation and frustration as you stare at a blank screen in a fit of writer's doubt. Oh, and the actual writing often isn't the hard part...

‘Ten or 15 years ago, (literary estates) were dead. There were a few classic books that will always be with us, and the rest was dust. Then e-books provided the mechanism of making old things timeless - there was no such thing as backlist or frontlist any more. We, like a lot of people, worked...

Whats new: 15 April 2019 - What's new 15 April 2019
  • ‘I'm a great believer in turning up still. No forgiving yourself because you are tired. I try to get there before 10, not too early. On those magical writing days you forget you exist and you surface an hour later and you have 400 words you were not expecting to write.

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) - Amazon's e-book publishing platform offers a royalty rate of 70% of list price minus delivery costs, with a few exceptions. One of the chief advantages of working with Amazon is the incentives it offers to authors through its KDP Select program.

I'm still very much in the apprentice stage of writing. I read somewhere that you need to write a million words before you know what you're doing - so I'm headed that way, but I'm nowhere near there. But, for what they're worth, here are some of the things I've learned along the way.

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