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Life as a New Author: What to Expect from Your New Publisher

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Author and BookTrib contributor, Walt Gragg discusses life as a new author and the publishing process— from writing your manuscript to promotion your book and handling film/TV option requests. In this piece, Gragg discusses what new writers can expect from their publisher after they have signed their first book contract. Your editor will call shortly after you sign the contract. While you’re excited that things are moving forward, be aware that it can take anywhere from eighteen months to four years before your book will be released. Depending on the editor, you may be provided with a release date during the call. It takes the publisher’s legal department a month to hash out the terms of the detailed contract with your agent.…

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Are Celebrity Book Deals Killing Literature?

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Back at the dawn of my career I interned for a romance author who was forever being considered by publishing houses only to be rejected. Finally I contacted a friend at one of these houses and she explained that editors had a limited budget for new work and were reluctant to take a chance on an unknown unless they could be sure of sales. And this was before the phenomenon called the Celebrity Novel on which publishers pin hopes of jackpot dividends. Alas, for every Tina Fey whose $5 million advance produced a book that sold out within six months, there’s a Graham Nash whose $1 million advance barely sold 31,000 books. However, the trend continues. Actors, musicians and reality…

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When Books Went to War to fight facism with freedom of expression

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When Nazi Germany began invading neighboring countries in the 1930s it not only declared war on freedom, liberty, and tolerance—it declared war on the printed page as well. By 1941, the Nazis had banned and burned more than 100 million books and had driven terrified citizens to hide or destroy many more. But as the United States entered the war, books fought back. Molly Guptill Manning’s When Books Went to War (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014) tells the remarkable tale of the power of literacy in the face of totalitarianism. It describes how an army of American librarians, along with the U.S. publishing industry, struck back against fascism and helped our men and women in uniform win the war. “American librarians…

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