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What do publishers look for in a good book proposal? Our Editorial Director reveals all...

We are often asked about the key components that contribute to a successful proposal. A formal proposal is typically the starting point for assessing a potential book project, and therefore a well-structured and coherent proposal can invariably make the difference between a book being accepted or rejected for publication.  1,048 more words

Edward Elgar Publishing

You Wanna be a Paperback Writer

There’s a mystique about being a writer, that it’s somehow a sacred calling, reserved for the most empathetic, the most evolved, highly-advanced meta-beings inhabiting a lofty plateau in the clouds, dispensing emotional wisdom to the masses hungry for their stories and essays and novels, who in turn reap upon these demigods and goddesses riches and accolades appropriate to their exalted standing. 271 more words

QUITE THE QUERY with Mary Elizabeth Summer and TRUST ME, I'M LYING

If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. 532 more words


A few steps back.. more forward

So I got a little side tracked over the last few days after spotting some horrible writing somewhere in the first 10,000 words or so. The word count got sliced up somewhat in the reshuffle, which is disheartening, but life goes on. 76 more words


What are editors seeking?

Here’s a list of stories journalists across the nation are exploring. Use these off-beat ideas to irrigate your story idea bank.

1. BEAUTY: Expert Tips to Warm up Your Hair for Fall — Beauty High… 180 more words


Let's eat Grandma!

Let’s talk grammar for a minute.

One of my favorite grammar posters is this one:

Grammar is a thorn in my side. There’s so many darn rules! 413 more words


Silver Linings

Today’s writing prompt:

It’s an ill wind . . .