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Breaking Into The Business

Pub Date: Mar 1, 1999 | 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 "Breaking Into The Business" By Susan Malone March, 1999   "How do I break into publishing? Just give me the one, two, three of it and I'll take it from there." I hear this Read more »

EDITORIAL RATES: The Difference in Fee Structures

Pub Date: Mar 1, 1999 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

ASK THE EDITOR By Susan Malone EDITORIAL RATES: The Difference in Fee Structures March, 1999 So, you’ve polished your manuscript, and plunged into the marketing madness of today’s publishing world. But the rejection letters mount. Many are forms, some allude to vague problems such as, “The pacing is off,” “The characters aren’t fully developed,” “The plot Read more »

Agents CAN Charge Expenses!

Pub Date: Feb 1, 1999 | Columnist: W. Gail Manchur

"No agency should EVER charge up-front fees to defray expenses or to read or evaluate a manuscript, but. . ." Agents CAN Charge Expenses! by W. Gail Manchur, President, ABS Literary Agency a Division of Associated Book Service, Inc February, 1999 WARNING! I think it is legitimate and ethical for some agents to charge their authors Read more »

The Ink-Stained Wretch: “Keyboard? I Don’t Need No Stinking Keyboard”

Pub Date: Feb 1, 1999 | Columnist: Don Whittington

A monthly column of wit, insight, irreverance and inspiration by a published author and veteran of the publishing trenches. The Ink-Stained Wretch: "Keyboard? I Don't Need No Stinking Keyboard" Don Whittington February, 1999    They say you have to write every day.  Every damned day!  Set yourself a goal—so many pages, etc. and stick to it. Who Read more »

The Ink-Stained Wretch: “The Writer’s Conference”

Pub Date: Jan 1, 1999 | Columnist: Don Whittington

A monthly column of wit, insight, irreverance and inspiration by a published author and veteran of the publishing trenches. The Ink-Stained Wretch: "The Writer's Conference" Don Whittington January, 1999   At some point in your writing life you will ponder the notion of writer's conferences: Should I go?  Why?  Which one should I attend?  How much should Read more »

CHOOSING AN EDITORIAL SERVICE

Pub Date: Jan 1, 1999 | Columnist: Susan Mary Malone

ASK THE EDITOR By Susan Malone CHOOSING AN EDITORIAL SERVICE January 1999 In the past decade, the face of publishing has drastically changed. And most evident among these changes is the relationship between editor and author. Editors no longer spend much time editing. Where once an editor would take an author ‘under his wing’, help with Read more »

Solving The Out-of-Print Dilemma

Pub Date: Dec 2, 1998 | Columnist: Richard Curtis and Donald Maass

Literary agents Richard Curtis and Donald Maass provide insights on E-rights for Authorlink writers Solving The Out-of-Print Dilemma by Richard Curtis and Donald Maass August 1998 Introduction to the E-rights Topic: As you are undoubtedly aware, there have been some exciting developments in electronic publishing technology, and they are going to change if not revolutionize every Read more »

The Ink-Stained Wretch: “The Big Easy”

Pub Date: Dec 1, 1998 | Columnist: Don Whittington

A monthly column of wit, insight, irreverance and inspiration by a published author and veteran of the publishing trenches. The Ink-Stained Wretch: "The Big Easy" Don Whittington December, 1998   This is how easy it is: You get up at six because you have to get ready for work and the kids need help to get ready Read more »

Writing and Illustrating for Kids Fall Conference

Pub Date: Nov 2, 1998 | Columnist: Donny Seagraves

Writing a longer novel is like falling in love. You feel like something strong has taken hold of you and won’t let go.”  –Barbara Timberlake Russell, Published Author A Special Report WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING FOR KIDS FALL CONFERENCE Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustators Sponsored by the Southern Breeze Region of SCBWI By Donny Seagraves, Read more »

The Ink-Stained Wretch “Somebody tell me already?”

Pub Date: Nov 1, 1998 | Columnist: Don Whittington

A monthly column of wit, insight, irreverance and inspiration by a published author and veteran of the publishing trenches. The Ink-Stained Wretch: "Somebody tell me already?" Don Whittington November, 1998   Why doesn't someone just tell me…? Is that you? Have you ever wondered why everyone is so reticent?  I'm an adult, you say. I can take Read more »