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Advice to Writers: Be Determined and Stay in the Game

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My tenth novel will be published in September. I began writing it more than four years ago. The delay in its publication is mostly due to the fact that I parted ways with my former literary agent as well as my former publisher. When I broke ranks with them I knew I was taking a risk: unless you are incredibly successful and have a stellar track record, it’s difficult to begin again in mid-career. Going out on my own actually turned out to be a lot more difficult than I realized. Part of this was coming to terms with the fact that the publishing business has more and more become like the movie business. I’ve said this before in other…

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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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Life as a New Author: Finding a Literary Agent Who Will Work for You

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Author and BookTrib contributor, Walt Gragg discussed life as a new author and the publishing process— from writing your manuscript to promotion your book and handling film/TV option requests. In his first piece for 2018, Gragg discusses how to find a literary agent that will work for you and help you reach publishers for your book. It’s a joyous day — an agent you queried has requested the full manuscript for review. You quickly email it, with dreams of seeing your novel in the window of your favorite bookstore soon. Despite your efforts to resist doing so, you constantly check your email, hoping for good news but still fearing the worst. A week passes, then a month and maybe even…

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A.J. Finn Takes the Classic Novel Noir to New Heights in His Debut, ‘The Woman in the Window’

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When you’ve been as successful in the publishing world as A.J. Finn, you know a thing or two about what makes a really good book. With his debut novel The Woman in the Window, Finn has done just that: capturing the key element that makes psychological thrillers so captivating and mixing it perfectly with the hallmarks of the noir genre, we can’t wait for you to read this complex, twisted debut. Anna Fox is a recluse unable to go outside of her New York City home. Once a child psychologist with a family, she now lives alone, separated from her husband and young daughter. She spends her days drinking a lot of wine, watching old movies, and spying out the window on the new…

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DIY MFA Podcast The Debut Author’s Life — Interviews from ThrillerFest 2017

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In this episode Gabriela Pereira was at ThrillerFest 2017 and had a round table discussion with five debut authors. In this panel discussion, Jennifer Soosar, Christina Kovac, Lili Wright, Shelia Sobel, and Alexia Gordon discuss the life of a debut author, and take us behind the scenes of publishing in the broad genre of thriller. They let us in on their happiest moments and biggest surprises of their publishing journeys, and how to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of the debut author experience. For more detailed show notes: DIYMFA.com/157 ABOUT DIY MFA Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula: Writing + Reading + Community = MFA…

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Just the Right Book! Podcast: Episode 28 — Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. In the latest episode, Roxanne Coady talks with Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch about publishing and what you, as the author, have to make happen in order to publish your book. Listen below. Michael Pietsch is the CEO of Hachette Book Group which comprises eight publishing divisions. In a career spanning forty years, Michael has edited or published books by acclaimed writers including J.K. Rowling,…

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Author and Entrepreneur Peter Kozodoy Fills BookTrib in on Publishing’s Millennial-Driven Future

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Since Gutenberg’s printing press, the book world has been in constant flux. But never have we seen such a drastic change in platform, genre, subject matter, and style than we have these last 15 years. Instead of the paperback, you get the Kindle format. Or, instead of the tablet, you get the audio book. Millennials. We’re making everything go so fast. We want it now, all the time, every time. Now. Now. Now. So, how do books fit into this world when we all feel like we don’t have enough time to enjoy our coffee, let alone read a 300-page novel? According to entrepreneur Peter Kozodoy, the publishing industry is in a great position to move with the times precisely…

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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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Documentarian Laurie Kahn Explores Romance in Publishing

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As a long-time romance reader, I’m used to the shame that’s often associated with romance novels. I’ve hidden the covers of my books behind brown paper, snuck romances out of the library with the covers facedown, and been teased by classmates when they found a romance novel in my backpack in high school. I always knew I loved romance, but I also knew it was something I needed to hide. But why is romance so often dismissed? It’s a question that filmmaker Laurie Kahn sets out to answer in her new documentary, Love Between the Covers. She spent three years following various people in the romance novel industry, from publishing giants to aspiring authors. The film explores what it means…

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Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez to share Dad’s advice for a new generation

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Talk about the ultimate Father’s Day gift! News broke this Tuesday that Gina Rodriguez, star of the CW’s breakout comedy Jane the Virgin will publish a book in 2016 titled, I Can and I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me. Word of this sweet book deal from Simon & Schuster came just in time for Father’s Day, and will include lessons she’s learned from her dad, Genaro Rodriguez.   I couldn’t be more excited to share that I will be publishing my book, I Can and I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me w/@simonbooks! #icanandiwill — Gina (@HereIsGina) June 16, 2015   The 31-year-old actress, who is being hailed as the entertainment world’s “next big thing” by The Hollywood Reporter…

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Publishing is losing the race at depicting race

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I was raised in the day before the full corporatization of the publishing industry. Back then, mention publishing, and immediately names like John Updike, Joan Didion, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison came to mind. Publishing was among the intellectual gentry of the art forms—ahead of the curve, daring, pushing the socio-intellectual envelope. Today publishing houses are subsidiaries of multinational snack food manufacturers and they’re expected to return an ever-growing profit to shareholders. So, mention publishing, and you think fan fiction, self-help books and comics. Among the ugliest outgrowths of fiction publishing’s evolution is its growing segregation and retrograde assumptions on race. More than a decade ago, publishing houses spun off black imprints, essentially creating separate and supposedly equal spaces…

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The scent of reincarnation

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The Collector of Dying Breaths (Atria, April) is the follow-up to The Book of Lost Fragrances and Seduction. They all feature Jac (short for Jacinth) L’Etoile, a young woman who is part of a perfume dynasty in France. She was joined in the previous novels by her brother Robbie, her on-and-off boyfriend, Griffin North, and her mentor, Malachi Samuels. These three books are part of a larger collection of books built around a theme: reincarnation. Jac has experienced past-life regression or “memory lurches,” as author M. J. Rose terms it. She sees herself in prior lives interacting with Griffin’s prior incarnations, to no good end in each case. In addition to being able to sense her own past lives, she apparently…

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Wiley Cash on the writing process (hint: character over plot)

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By Wiley Cash One question I’m asked perhaps more than any other is “What’s the hardest thing about publishing a book?” My answer is always the same: Writing a book. The publishing part was easy compared to the writing. My agent found me after reading one of my stories in a literary magazine. My agent then found my editor who purchased and published my two novels, A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy. The marketing department put out the word. The sales team got my books on the shelf. My publicist set up events and made sure I arrived on time. All I had to do was write the books, but that doesn’t mean it…

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