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Nonfiction Books: From idea to contract
The author of 13 nonfiction books offers a 10-step method to get you to the finish line, as well as a sidebar on how to bolster your book proposal with "newsworthy morsels."
Nonfiction Books: Great promotions for your new book
Purchasing some relatively inexpensive novelty items can play a big role in keeping the buzz going for your title.
Nonfiction Books: Try a joint venture
Partnering with an expert could be your path to nonfiction publication. Learn from someone who's done it many times.
Nonfiction Books: The motion of a notion
The proposal for the book that became "The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers, and a Woman's Search for the Meaning of Wife" wowed publishing professionals. Learn from the author herself how she wrote a great proposal.
Get Started: 4 ways to get your first clips
Here are tips on getting past the rookie freelancer's Catch-22: Editors want to see clips, but you don't have any yet.
Breakthrough: Right course, topic and timing gave her a start
The writer, a native New Yorker looking at the grieving city from afar on 9/11, got her start when she wrote from the heart.
Off the Cuff: When words really matter
How a veteran writer struggled to craft a letter for her dream assignment: motherhood.
Archive: Writing children's books
An author of children's classics reflected on what it takes to succeed in this genre: giving your readers what they want.
In the footsteps of the 9/11 hijackers
In his latest novel, Andre Dubus III researched and imagined his way into the minds of terrorists--and an American stripper who danced for them.
Find the essence through historical research
The process, says an award-winning writer of fiction and poetry, is akin to extracting the valuable oil from flower petals.
Step by Step: What's your perspective?
Sometimes it pays to turn your creative writing upside down and inside out, and let your work rediscover itself.
11 rules for writing short science fiction
What you need to know to start writing and selling your stories.
Free up more time to write
How? By using interns or apprentices to do the routine, nonwriting chores.
Business Freelancing: 9 keys to writing copy that sells
Make your clients happy with promotions that get results.
Market Focus: How to weather the literary climate
Our author lays out the challenges--and rewards--of writing books today.
Literary Spotlight: Ninth Letter
This month's spotlight is on the literary journal Ninth Letter, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
Hot shots: Marketing an author's image
Why an author's looks matter in book publicity, some tips for getting unstuck, plus freelancer Stephanie Dickison's regular bimonthly column, an excerpt from a new writing book, and more.
Experts dispel common usage myths
Reviews of "Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language by Patricia T. O'Conner and Stewart Kellerman; "Thanks, But This Isn't for Us: A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing Is Being Rejected" by Jessica Page Morrell; and "Voice and Vision: A Guide to Writing History and Other Serious Nonfiction" by Stephen J. Pyne.
Book publishers; education; history; literary magazines, plus conferences and contests
How I write
For historical novelist Philippa Gregory, author of "The Other Boleyn Girl," encountering a fascinating person in history she didn't know about is the start of a novel.