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One size doesn't fit all
In picking a publisher, what's right for one writer might not be right for another. Our author surveys the landscape, describing the general types of publishers and the pros and cons of each.
Make your book proposal stand out
In the last of a two-part article on selling your nonfiction book, we offer a disciplined approach to crafting a book proposal that will persuade a publisher your book is marketable.
Pico Iyer turns travel into literary gold
Pico Iyer, one of today's most respected travel writers, essayists and book reviewers, sees "the journey inward" as a writer's ultimate fascination--even when he's outward bound to distant places.
Get off your duff and write, says Anton Chekhov
In his often blunt letters, the great Russian master of the short story offered valuable writing advice that still rings true.
Write a novel in 30 days
As a preview to National Novel Writing Month in November, a novelist offers tips on getting your first draft down in 30 days.
From the editor
How a parable of Christianity set in the 18th century managed to turn a heavenly profit, plus other literary notes, Dear Writer, and information on contests and conferences.
A good book idea is just the start
In landing a publisher, our writer learned that marketing ideas and his own involvement in promotion can mean just as much as a good idea.
Must-have tools for writers
Now that you've established your writing routine, here are some basics you'll need for your writing space, including your own computer and an Internet connection.
Off the cuff
How does a nonfiction writer make the transition when it's time to work on her fiction? Well, it's not only a matter of what's in her head, but what's on it.
Where to find markets online
The Internet offers many sources of market information. Here's a look at the various types and what they do and don't offer.
A review of The Art of the Book Proposal by Eric Maisel, plus brief reviews of Every Writer's Guide to Copyright and Publishing Law by Ellen M. Kozak, Television Writing From the Inside Out by Larry Brody, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Rennie Browne and Dave King, and Write Away by Elizabeth George.
Sweet spots in a tough market
Our expert describes a fairly tough market and suggests the kinds of writing that offer the best chance of cutting a deal right now.
How I write
For bestselling author Daniel Silva, managing point of view and scene count helps control a sprawling novel.
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