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Publishing : Has anything changed since the 19th century?

Publishing : Has anything changed since the 19th century?

While researching my new biography, La Belle Créole, I unexpectedly discovered the vibrant literary world of early nineteenth-century Paris. And surprisingly, that world was not that dissimilar from our own. My subject, Mercedes Santa Cruz y Montalvo, Countess Merlin – was a fascinating, multitalented woman. After a complex and tumultuous early life in Cuba and […]

September 27, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Getting In

Getting In

As Heidi Klum says on Project Runway, either you’re in, or your out. The world of publishing works this way, too. There are barriers and hurdles to get over, doors to walk through, people who welcome you, and those who turn their backs. This is the story of how I got in, and why some […]

September 23, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
A Look at Traditional Publishing

A Look at Traditional Publishing

The world of publishing is changing faster than anyone could ever have imagined. And it is true that there is much lamentation over the fact. But for authors, these changes have meant that a host of opportunities have presented themselves. Never before have creative writers had as many options as we do today. As with […]

June 26, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
Why I Chose to Self-Publish

Why I Chose to Self-Publish

I’m sure there are some who write entirely for themselves, but most of us do so for other people. But how do you get your words turned into a book, so that your story can be shared? The traditional route was to attract an agent. He or she would then go on to find a […]

June 16, 2014 | By | 10 Replies More
Seven Reasons You’re Publishing Too Soon

Seven Reasons You’re Publishing Too Soon

If you’re like many of us, the chance to publish a book of our own writing is like arriving in the promised land. It is the holy grail, an elixir, a blissful intoxication. Seeing our work in print can’t come soon enough! I’ve felt that way. (Still do every time a new edition of When […]

May 1, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
The Inside Scoop: Working with a Freelance Editor

The Inside Scoop: Working with a Freelance Editor

Your draft is done. You’ve re-read it a dozen times and you can’t stand to be near it another minute. Cleaning the bathroom is starting to sound more appealing than revising your book yet another time. Well, it sounds like you’re ready to work with an editor! Hiring a freelance editor is one of the […]

March 27, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
Rosie Garland: From Mslexia Novel Competition to Harper Collins

Rosie Garland: From Mslexia Novel Competition to Harper Collins

This month, three judges decide the winner of the 2nd Mslexia Unpublished Novel Competition. Someone is about to receive a life-changing phone call. Two years ago, I was that woman. I never imagined I would be. Fairytales are for other folk. I’d lost faith in my writing ‘getting anywhere’: indeed, I’d lost faith in my […]

January 31, 2014 | By | 28 Replies More
Who Publishes Tales From the Edge?

Who Publishes Tales From the Edge?

Writing from the edge of the world, wanting to tell our stories, our many stories that are also part of the romance, the history, the poetry of the world, it is not so easy to make ourselves heard. Even as globalization continues to be a buzz word, it is the unique particularities of lives everywhere […]

January 27, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
Impulsivity, Fear and Flash

Impulsivity, Fear and Flash

Impulsivity is something that doesn’t really work in the publishing world. We are wisely warned to be patient, to practice and hone our craft, to ask for as much feedback from other writers and editors as possible before pressing send or wrapping our bundle into a FedEx envelope. And yet, three weeks ago I felt […]

November 6, 2013 | By | 9 Replies More
How Can I Get My Memoir Published

How Can I Get My Memoir Published

After you have toiled and tinkered and revised for ages, and you feel you finally have a strong manuscript, you begin to wonder how on earth to get your book into print. It goes without saying that that is a tough world, and even really top literary manuscripts fail to find a New York publisher. […]

October 25, 2013 | By | 7 Replies More