Do Contemporary Asian Writers Suffer a Lack of Prestige in the West?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Recently, a publisher told me at the Guadalajara Book Fair that Spanish-language writers suffer a lack of prestige when compared with German, French and English-speaking writers. It was, said the publisher, a consequence of history. Does the same hold true for Asian writers? For example, when you look at the number of writers from the East who have …

Pitchapalooza 2010: Tips for Perfecting Your Book Pitch

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By David Henry Sterry NEW YORK CITY: Ten years ago, before the Kindle, Facebook and Twitter, Arielle, my ex-agent and current wife, and I both had books coming out. One was about my childhood hero, Leroy “Satchel” Paige. The other was about her childhood hero, Jane Austen. Our publishers, Random House and Simon & Schuster, seemed disturbingly uninterested in helping …

Building an Author Platform from Scratch

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

• Publishers want to work with authors who have an existing audience. • Following-up on last Friday’s article about personal marketing, model, author and self-publisher Isobella Jade, shares how she’s built her own impressive platform. By Isobella Jade Whenever a girl comments on my Facebook page saying she just bought my books, I know it is because she Googled words that …

Share Your Best Social Networking Story or Tip and Win Betsy’s Book!

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story by Betsy Lerner discusses social networking and personal marketing strategies for writers. In honor of the publication of Betsy’s new book, The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice for Writers (Revised and Updated for the 21st Century), we’re giving away a FREE copy. Share your best social networking story (it can be a triumph …

Should I Tweet?

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

• This piece is adapted from Betsy Lerner’s new book The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice for Writers (Revised and Updated for the 21st Century). By Betsy Lerner When I was a young editor at Houghton Mifflin in the mid-Eighties, I was assigned to work on a paperback series of successful books called Guerrilla Marketing. The books were an …

Want to Write? First, Find Someone Who Cares

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• Today is the start of NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — when writers are asked to produce a 50,000-word work in one month. • Author Drew Smith writes about tools you can use to help yourself motivated, including an “Accountabilibuddy” — someone to monitor your productivity. By Drew Smith The easiest thing about being a writer is not writing. …

Could Online Writing Communities Replace Creative Writing Programs?

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• Quillant.com, an online writing community based in the UK launched two months ago • Chris Vannozzi, a co-founder of Quilliant.com discusses the role online communities can play in developing talent for the traditional publishing industry By Chris Vannozzi LONDON: Two months ago we launched Quilliant.com , a new online writing community that aims to recreate the classic writing group …

Who Really Benefits from the Growth in MFAs?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the creation of Quilliant.com — a new online writing community in the UK — and asks if such communities could replace creative writing programs. In 1990, there were perhaps a few dozen creative writing programs in the United States. Today, there are more than 300 such programs granting Masters of Fine Arts degrees. …

So Many “Friends,” So Little Friendship: Authors Discuss Mingling Social Media, Self-Promotion and Real Life

In English Language by Rachel Aydt

• Today, authors are compelled to constantly self-promote, but the practice isn’t always pleasant or appropriate. • What happens when the intimacy of the typically quiet writer’s life, and the nature of real friendship, blends with the public persona of our professional selves online? By Rachel Aydt “My original goal with Facebook was to use it as a marketing tool,” …