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Choosing a Trustworthy Agent

Pub Date: Oct 1, 2000 | Columnist: Deidre Knight

Choosing a Trustworthy Agent Part Three in a Series of Three Special Articles by Deidre Knight The Knight Agency   Choosing an agent is an important decision Question: How can I choose a trustworthy agent, particularly since I don't live in a big city where I might hope to meet my prospective agent in person? Answer Read more »

So You Want To Be A Celebrity?

Pub Date: Sep 1, 2000 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR So You Want To Be A Celebrity? By Susan Malone September, 2000 Many, many folks enter the publishing industry with fame and fortune sparkling in their eyes, the idea of becoming a celebrity seemingly Read more »

Dealing With The Dreaded Synopsis

Pub Date: Aug 1, 2000 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Dealing With The Dreaded By Susan Malone August, 2000   Synopsis What most writers hate about our business, almost universally, is the marketing of their work. Drafting documents with which to market–outlines, proposals, synopses, Read more »

Good Writing Is Still Good Writing

Pub Date: Jul 1, 2000 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Good Writing Is Still Good Writing By Susan Malone July, 2000 We've been talking of late a lot about how the blast of online publishing has affected both the fiction and nonfiction book business. From Read more »

Book Packaging: A World to Explore

Pub Date: Jun 1, 2000 | Columnist: Jessica Faust and Jacky Sach

Book Packaging: A World to Explore By Jessica Faust and Jacky Sach co-founders of BookEnds, LLC—a New Jersey-based book packager and editorial service formerly with Berkley Publishing and Penguin   Book packagers "are a cross between an agent and an editor, and more."   There seems to be a new word floating around publishing circles lately Read more »

Email Queries Provide Great Way For Writers to Break In

Pub Date: Jun 1, 2000 | Columnist: William Clark

E-Mail Queries Provide Great Way For Writers to Break In By William Clark Wm Clark Associates New York, NY   "I almost always respond to email queries within 2-3 weeks."   I receive between 500-600 email queries a month. Fielding email queries diminishes that Catch-22 of being an unknown and not knowing anyone in the business, yet Read more »

Learning To Take Criticism Key To Writer’s Success

Pub Date: Jun 1, 2000 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

A monthly column written by an Authorlink contributing editor. We welcome your questions, comments and input to this page. ASK THE EDITOR Learning To Take Criticism Key To Writer’s Success By Susan Malone June, 2000 Often we have a misperception of exactly how creativity translates to the page. The mistaken belief swirls in the back of our minds Read more »

Considering Self-Publishing? Examine Pros and Cons

Pub Date: May 15, 2000 | Columnist: Doris Booth

Considering Self-Publishing? Examine Pros and Cons   ". . .the new breed of vanity press has a few fatal flaws."   Many writers frustrated with the state of traditional publishing ask whether they should self-publish with one of the big "vanity" publishing sites now proliferating on the web. Within the past six months, a major bookseller and Read more »

Why Do I Need An Agent?

Pub Date: May 1, 2000 | Columnist: Deidre Knight

Why Do I Need An Agent? Part Two in a Series of Three Special Articles by Deidre Knight The Knight Agency   Why pay an agency commission if you can submit directly to an editor? Question: I’m an unpublished author, and I have several editors who are willing to look at my manuscript. I’ve heard I should Read more »

Attracting An Agent’s Interest

Pub Date: May 1, 2000 | Columnist: Deidre Knight

Attracting An Agent's Interest  Part One in a Series of Three Special Articles by Deidre Knight The Knight Agency   "While I can't give you a magic formula, I can certainly give you some pointers on increasing your odds of success." Question: I've submitted my manuscript to several agents, and each time I've received a form rejection. How can Read more »