writing a book

It’s Not How You Publish, It’s How Much You Sell

August 18, 2011

This week my agent Rachelle Gardner answered a question that pops up again and again: If you self-publish, will that ruin your chances of ever getting published traditionally? Yet while we all hem and haw over whether to shoot for traditional publishing or use our platform to self-publish — and which is better for our […]

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How to Turn Writing Your Book into an Education

June 8, 2011

I was out to dinner recently with two journalists-turned-MFA-students, asking what they’ve learned so far in the classroom. And it occurred to me that even though I didn’t earn a degree, writing my first book has been an education. It has hit me only in the last couple of years, after realizing just how far […]

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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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One way to organize your next revision

December 8, 2010

I’m super excited about revising my manuscript again, and incorporating suggestions from my agent. But unlike my first 86 revisions, this time it’s not the changes that are daunting. This time, it’s finding the time to make those changes. Between my full-time journalism job and my part-time social media business, I no longer have entire […]

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The latest Little First: feedback from my agent

December 6, 2010

For every newbie author, there are firsts on the road to publication. There are the Big Firsts, like landing your first book deal and seeing your published book on a store shelf for the first time. But there are also lots of Little Firsts, firsts we each need to experience before hitting the big ones. […]

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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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What I wish I knew before I started writing a book

August 24, 2009

Writing this book is a learning process, even more than I expected. There are quite a few major things I wish I had understood before I began, and I’m sure more will arise as I continue through the editing and publishing process. As I prepare to begin my writing residency at Hambidge next week, as […]

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(Writerly) Lessons I Learned from Journalism

August 3, 2009

I whine a lot about how writing news on deadline stifled my creativity. But as I transition from newspaper reporter to author, I’m realizing that journalism taught me a handful of lessons that apply to writing a book, reminders that can benefit even non-journos. Do readers care? If my manuscript came across my reporter’s desk […]

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And finally… The book

May 12, 2009

If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you know what I’ve been working on for the last four months: outlining my book, writing a book proposal and query letter, choosing agents to approach, applying to writers’ colonies, learning about blog book tours, and then some. I’ve also, believe it or not, written some of the […]

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