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Falling in Love with a Book

Recently, I saw something circulating on Social Media about 36 questions to ask to make you fall in love with someone, and I started thinking- if human love can be so specifically pinpointed, can book love be just as specifically identified? How does a book make me fall in love with it? Is it the cover? The blurb on the back? The plot? The language? The characters? To some degree, all of these things contribute, […]

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Guest Post: The Unlikeliest Road From Fanfiction to Agenting

Up until a year ago, I thought I had a dirty little secret. From the age of fourteen to thirty, I read, wrote, and beta read fanfiction. I didn’t know there was a name for it when I started (this was a world before fanfiction.net, message boards, and of course, Tumblr), but more than that, I never realized that these stories would end up changing the course of my life. I was a terrible student, […]

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Guest Post: Selling On Proposal

There’s a ton of information out there for writers on the submission process, or what happens once you’ve signed with a literary agent and it’s time to take your book out like a nice, meaty gazelle to all the editor lions. Usually when an author says their manuscript is on sub, they’re talking about a complete book. But what if you’ve been on the sub train before and have already got a book or two […]

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Guest Post: Getting Into Publishing (You Gotta Do It For The Love)

Hello Pub-crawlers! I’m so happy to be doing a guest post here this week! I recently read a comment on Alex Bracken’s “You Tell Us: What Do You Want To See” post asking us to talk about hard lessons we’ve learned. For me—and I don’t think I’m alone—one of these lessons was the importance of following my passions. This was most relevant to me when I was trying to find a job in publishing. The […]

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Guest Post: Questions to Ask Your Publicist, Inside and Out

Dana Kaye, owner of Kaye Publicity In my experience, no matter how many books an author has published, whether they’re traditionally or independently published, or what their day job is, publicity is the one area that leaves many authors in the dark. Everyone wants to be on Ellen or have a rave review in the New York Times, but how does a publicist pull that off? And if those outlets aren’t attainable (which is the […]

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