The Artful Scam… Not!

by Gina Burgess Most scams that authors and writers face are as old as Methuselah. A scam may have been updated to this digital age, but the con’s premise is the same. I know we talked about literary agents and their worth a few weeks ago, but there are some scams that authors and writers
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Should Indie Authors Beware or Rejoice?

by Gina Burgess In the New Yorker, there’s a good article: Publish or Perish. The future of publishing is discussed, and Russ Grandinette of Amazon makes a very good point. “In [my] view, book publishers—like executives in other media—are making the same mistake the railroad companies made more than a century ago: thinking they were
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4 Tips on Catching an Editor’s Attention

By W. Terry Whalin Do you feel like you are pitching your book projects into a black hole with little or no response? As a writer and now an editor in the publishing business, I’m aware of my own responsibility to be communicating with others via email or phone. As an acquisitions editor at Morgan James
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No Guts, No Story — Inspiring words

  by Gina Burgess That quote, No guts, no story by Chris Brady sent a little chill through me. Inspiring words, nonetheless. It conjured up all kinds of images from my childhood of movie and TV characters that had plenty of guts such as Tarzan (and Jane and Cheeta), Superman, Lone Ranger (and Tonto), Toooooom
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What’s the most terrifying word for authors?

by Gina Burgess Nope it isn’t writer’s block. That’s two words. According to a mountain of studies it’s networking. Of course there isn’t a separate study done just on authors, but studies have included thousands of people in all different walks of life. Networking seems to either instill excitement of discovery in some people or
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Reworking Those Old Works

by Meredith Bond Congratulations! You’ve finally gotten the rights to your book back! Okay, maybe it’s been a few months or years since you did so, that’s all right. The important thing is that your creative work is yours once again. The only thing is… what to do with it? You probably wrote that book
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The Trust Fall of Editing: Sample Edits

By Kathrin Herr Hey, author friends! I’m Kathrin, AKA The Writing Mechanic. In this blog post, I want to talk about one of my favorite ways to decide whether if an editor and author mesh well together: the glorious sample edit! When I communicate with authors about editing their books, I always suggest that we
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Comfort zones squeeze the life out of growth.

By Gina Burgess There are differences between hobby writing and professional writing. This is a crucial question that the author needs to know the answer to before spending the time required to make money writing. It’s a commitment. It’s also risky. What if I fail? What happens if I succeed? How will I handle either
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Authors and Contracts: Be Informed

by Gina Burgess General things for authors to know about Copyrights… Brief summary of copyright protection: When an artist creates a work of art, this art has a copyright. The copyright is a form of protection that is granted by the U.S. Congress. Essentially, the writer of a book has the right to reproduce the
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