Getting published (starting out)
• Queries, pitches, and book proposals
• Formatting your manuscript
• When and Whether to Hire an Independent (Consulting) Editor or Book Doctor
ASJA's Mentoring Program (American Society of Journalists & Authors, mentoring for journalism and nonfiction)
Ask a Reporter (NY Times Learning Network)How various NY Times reporters have answered FAQs about covering such beats as international events, elections, education, science, technology, culture, religion, sports, and photography
Authonomy, publisher HarperCollins attempt to use online popularity as a guide to choosing which books from the slush pile to read. (The slush pile is unsolicited manuscripts, not represented by agents or asked for by editors.) In Is Authonomy Authentic?, Kate Eltham quotes others on whether HarperCollins site has moved from "potentially innovative to concretely exploitative," with its offer to publish titles from the online slush pile as POD books (for a fee).
Author Enablers (Book Page's blog of advice for aspiring authors, by Kathi Kamen Goldmark and Sam Barry of "Don't Quit Your Day Job" Productions, authors of Write That Book Already! The Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now)
Backspace, The Writer's Place (writers helping writers navigate the often confusing world of Big Publishing)
Book doctors and independent editors--SFWA's sage advice on what editing can't buy and what to watch out for
Boxers, Briefs and Books. John Grisham's op-ed piece on what hard work writing is, one theme of the forthcoming collection Don’t Quit Your Day Job: Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit, ed. by Sonny Brewer (with stories by Grisham, Pat Conroy, Rick Bragg, and many other authors).
When and whether to hire an independent (consulting) editor or book doctor
• Book Doctors: The Real Deal (Susan A. Schwartz on what to look for in an editor)
• The Doctor Will See You Now (interview with Lisa Rojany-Buccieri, who explains the difference between book doctors, editors, and ghostwriters and offers practical insights into what a book doctor can and cannot do)
• Finding an Editor (Writers and Editors blog)
• Kinds of editors and levels of edit--what every writer should know (Writers and Editors blog)
• Common Rates for Editorial Services (Editorial Freelancers Association). See also How Much Should I Charge? (which you can read as a potential client)
• Frequently Asked Questions about Editors (Tara K. Harper, who doesn't put much faith in book doctors)
• Independent Editors and Assessment Services. Writers Beware (SFWA's) excellent articles and sage advice on what editors do, when a fiction writer needs an independent editor, what editing can't buy (a magic fix, bestsellerdom, an agent's interest), and what to watch out for.
• A Professional Critique: What Should You Receive for Your Money? (Margot Finke)
• Nine Signs of a Scam Book Doctor (Jerry Gross, an old hand in the business, 12-21-11, on Writers, Agents & Editors Network)
• What a Good Editor Will Do for You (Jerry Gross interviews Viking editor Beena Kamlani on what to expect from an editor in a publishing house, Writer's Digest, 2-11-08)
"You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others the fire that is burning inside of you.
And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke."
~ Arthur Plotnik, author of The Elements of Editing (1988)
18 strategies for brainstorming a title, an excellent synthesis of approaches to creating great titles, from Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers by Scott Norton, posted on Scrib'd
Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully: in Ten Minutes (Stephen King's now-classic article, which appeared in The Writer in 1986, reprinted on the Great Writing site).
Formatting Your Manuscript
• Advice for Writers: Preparing Your E-Manuscript (Carol Saller, Subversive Copy Editor blog, 7-5-10)
• Formatting Your Manuscript (Nathan Bransford 2-14-07)
• A Quick Guide to Manuscript Format (Moira Allen, Writing-World.com)
• Creating a Manuscript that is “Designer/Layout Friendly (Peri Poloni-Gabriel, Publishing Basics, 1-30-12). See especially Other typical formatting mistakes made in manuscripts.
Free downloadable e-books on writing, from Michael Allen:
On the Survival of Rats in the Slush Pile by Michael Allen: http://www.kingsfieldpublications.co.uk/rats.PDF
The Truth about Writing ("an essential handbook for novelists, playwrights, and screenwriters" by Michael Allen, free on Scribd):http://www.scribd.com/doc/17414179/The-Truth-about-Writing
How to Write a Short Story That Works (by Michael Allen, via Scribd)
Discovered throughJohn Kremer's Book Marketing Tip of the Week: http://www.bookmarket.com/
The Freelance Writing FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions about Writing for Newspapers & Magazines (Marcia Yudkin, Creative Marketing Solutions)
Harvard Writing Project. This excellent series of Student Writing Guides (PDFs)may be helpful to any writers writing from sources. See online: Harvard Guide to Using Sources, including its section on plagiarism.
How to Get Your Book Published Jane Friedman's exceptionally helpful page). And here are links to many more helpful explanations about how to publish a book.
Information in a Nutshell Radio. Felice Gerwitz interviews experts about writing and publishing (including marketing).
National Writers Workshops
(highly regarded, reasonably priced Poynter workshops for journalists on reporting, writing, and editing)
Paris Review interviews
(a wonderful free archive of interviews with authors; you can also buy the books)
So You Want to Be a Writer (advice for aspiring writers from Wallace Stegner, Francine Prose, John Kenneth Galbraith, and others, in The Atlantic)
Tips on getting publishing, getting paid, and other facts of the writing life
(writers.com--writers on the net)
Today's Writing community (appears to emphasize poems and stories, with an archive of many articles and author interviews)
What advice do you give a writer? Mike Shatzkin writes: "...when we discussed with a leading agent a panel we’re planning for our January Digital Book World conference called 'Stalking the Wild Blogger: Scouting Blogs and Self-Published Content for Fresh Voices,'which is about agents and editors finding authors through blogs and self-published books, he said that is now something that 'every agent does.' He explained: 'it is now the standard way to find new clients.' That means that blogs and self-published books using ebook and print-on-demand models are now part of the overall commercial structure of publishing. They are not something separate and inferior, as 'vanity publishing' was in the past." ~ The Shatzkin File, 8-25-09
Writing Five Books (of varying sizes and qualities) A Year: How To Be A Disciplined and Productive Writer (Josh Hanagarne, World's Strongest Librarian, on his blog The Night Wieners, talking about the bumpy road to success for his book The World's Strongest Librarian: A Book Lover's Adventures
You've Finished Writing Your Book. Now What? (podcast of Dick Margulis on Paula B's The Writing Show)
Harlan Ellison, the Great Ranter, writer of "speculative fiction"
Harlan Ellison: A Kind of Twisted Fantasy, Kurt Andersen's interview with Ellison on Studio 360 radio program (and check out the Bonus Track: "Harlan Ellison uncut")
Click here: http://www.sundancechannel.com/digital-shorts/#/series/20958611001/20977196001 for readings and film clips starring Harlan Ellison, a series of Sundance "digital shorts (breakthrough Web videos for progressive minds)." Most ranters get boring; Ellison's rants are as verbally creative as his "speculative fiction."
BEGINNING WRITERS: In particular watch this one: Pay the Writer
"I have never written science fiction...What I write is a kind of twisted fantasy." ~ Harlan Ellison
Websites, organizations, and other resources
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BOOK AND MAGAZINE PUBLISHING
WRITERS AND CREATORS
ETHICS, RIGHTS, AND OTHER ISSUES
EDITORS AND EDITING