When is it time to sign an author-agent contract?

May 11, 2011

It’s been nearly a year since I agreed to work with a literary agent for my travel memoir. My lovely agent has guided me through revisions, helping me strengthen my theme and story arc. She has, no doubt, helped me make my book better, all with the intention of eventually selling it to a publisher. […]

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Q&A: Travel Writer Doug Mack on Importance of Voice

April 11, 2011

Whenever you have a goal, one of the best ways to succeed is talking to people who have already done it. Their road map might not be right for you, but you’re likely to gain at least one piece of insight that will help you on your own journey. That’s why I’m always psyched to […]

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How Writers Can Use Amazon to Sell Books

March 25, 2011

I’m usually a fan of Writer’s Digest Webinars; I was glad I paid for their recent tutorial on e-books and listened in on their free teleconference about Borders. (Can’t find the link — Looks like it’s no longer available online.) But I didn’t learn much from the session yesterday on using Amazon to sell books. […]

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The best way to get a literary agent’s attention on Twitter

March 16, 2011

Readers occasionally write to me with questions about social media or travel writing. Last week an e-mail landed in my inbox that I figured you’d all be interested in, so I asked its sender for approval to share her inquiry on the blog. Awesome reader’s question: I’m a big fan of your blog and I […]

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Finally, a use for rambling: memoir

December 27, 2010

I’ve been writing my first book for nearly two years. It has taken me this long to realize something that’s crucial to the success of my memoir: It’s okay to let myself ramble. More than okay. To write a good memoir, I have to force myself to ramble. I’m best at writing in a newsy […]

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Why you should sign with an agent who’s on Twitter

November 10, 2010

When your literary agent tweets something like this, then tells you she was referring to your book, it pretty much makes your day.

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Writers’ Roundup: September 10

September 9, 2010

Wow, busy week. Anybody else feel like they’ve got a lot on their plate? Some great links this week. A good variety, too, which makes me wonder whether I should continue to call this the Writers’ Roundup. Let’s get to it! Excellent advice from ProBlogger: Make your blog sound like a trusted friend. This is […]

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Zoe Zolbrod on publishing with a small press

May 24, 2010

Most of the authors I interview on this blog write nonfiction, either memoir or travel writing or a combination of both, travel memoir. But today we’ve got a guest who has used her travel experience to inform a different type of writing: fiction. Zoe Zolbrod‘s first novel, Currency, which is set in Thailand, was released […]

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Writers' Roundup: April 2

April 2, 2010

I’ve noticed something about my weekly roundups: when I include a ton of links, readers don’t click through them all. So from now on, I’ll only include the best of the best, my absolute faves. And my list is never just about writing. Maybe it’s time to change the name of this weekly feature? Without […]

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Writers' Roundup: March 5

March 5, 2010

Happy Friday! Some weekend reading for y’all: Math of Publishing Meets the E-Book, from the New York Times. Just how much does it actually cost to produce a printed book versus a digital one? At True/Slant, a great list of the Best Journalism of 2009. A few of Conor Friedersdorf’s categories: exceptional storytelling, short essays […]

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