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Ghostwriting: Everyone likes being in control
23 Oct 2014

Ghostwriting: Everyone likes being in control

Ghostwriting—the business of quietly collaborating on writing projects with others who generally get the credit—is a fascinating and often misunderstood corner of the publishing world. Ghostwriters bridge the gap between celebrities, executives, and others who have amazing stories to tell but no time to write them, and a global audience hungry to hear those stories. Andrew Crofts is a ghostwriter par excellence, having “ghosted” more...

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The five best books on writing
16 Oct 2014

The five best books on writing

When it comes to books about writing, there are endless guides and manuals that can teach what to do—and what not to do. Many books find their way onto our writerly shelves and never leave, but there are certain reads that we want to pull out time and time again. We’ve put together a list of five books on writing—the five we can’t get enough...

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Meet the man who keeps San Francisco Litquaking
16 Oct 2014

Meet the man who keeps San Francisco Litquaking

Some festivals and cultural movements are grassroots. Litquake, which began its life as Litstock, could more correctly be called beerroots. Started in a San Francisco bar called the Edinburgh Castle in 1999, the festival seeks to bring authors and readers together in a series of events that end in a night of literary reverie, known as Lit Crawl. Rechristened Litquake, a nod to our seismic...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Blurb for Your Novel
09 Oct 2014

The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Blurb for Your Novel

When writing a novel, there are few selling tools as important as writing a solidly written blurb. Sure, the cover design creates intrigue, but, if you have caught a potential reader’s attention, the blurb is what will sell your book—and convert readers. A “blurb” can refer to both a “description blurb” that you write for the back cover of your book and a “review blurb.”...

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8 Design Fundamentals for a Professional-Looking Novel
09 Oct 2014

8 Design Fundamentals for a Professional-Looking Novel

We all know the importance of a good first impression. It’s true for books, too. We’ve compiled some basic tips that will help make your book’s pages inviting and readable.You’ve invested a lot of time and effort into writing your novel and the way it looks should reflect that effort. If your pages look clumsy or amateurish, you might scare readers away before they have...

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Author Spotlight: Graphic Novelist, Tyler Page
01 Oct 2014

Author Spotlight: Graphic Novelist, Tyler Page

This week, we’re shining the spotlight on the graphic novel, the hybrid format that continues to gain popularity with readers and authors alike. And whose brain better to pick than that of Tyler Page: graphic novelist, educator, and blogger. He told us about his love of storytelling, where his inspiration comes from, and—for those of you who want to create your very own graphic novel—how...

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