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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 Question: I’m an unpublished author, and I have several editors who are willing to look at my manuscript.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 »

New Technologies Can’t Displace Essential Work of Book Editing

Pub Date: May 1, 2000 | Columnist: Jason Epstein

Perspectives  New Technologies Can't Displace Essential Work of Book Editing Editor Jason Epstein Speaks Out In New York Review of Books Former Random House Editor Speaks Out on Technology The recent investment of major booksellers and publishers into large online vanity publishing organizations strikes a passionate chord among those who have spent their lives in publishing for the Read more »

How Will Online Publishing Impact Fiction?

Pub Date: May 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 How Will Online Publishing Impact Fiction? By Susan Malone May, 2000 Last month we talked about how the proliferation of online publishers has impacted the nonfiction industry (which is going great guns), so now let’s Read more »

Content Still Reigns In Electronic Book Age

Pub Date: Apr 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 Content Still Reigns In Electronic Book Age By Susan Malone April, 2000 Will all of the technological advances in publishing change books themselves? In other words, will this influence the content of what people are Read more »

Finding a Syndication Agency

Pub Date: Mar 1, 2000 | Columnist: Michael H. Sedge

Finding a Syndication Agency An excerpt from Chapter Two of Sussessful Syndication, A Guide For Writers And Cartoonists Reprinted with permission of the author and Allworth Press, © 2000 Michael H. Sedge. May not be downloaded, photocopied, distributed or excerpted without permission of the author and/or publisher By Michael Sedge   Finding the right syndicate "partner&quot Read more »

Knowing One’s Genre: It’s Only Half The Battle

Pub Date: Mar 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 Knowing One's Genre: It's Only Half The Battle By Susan Malone March, 2000 As everyone who's tried to sell a manuscript knows, books to be published are divvied up into genres and categories (which may Read more »