Publishing

Eye on the Indies series is reviews of notable authors but also a look at their publishers, and the kind of the works they seek.

How Do You Make One Book Stand Out?

Matthew Smith has spent the last 25 years working with books. His interview with press editor Jo Ely.

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Richard Gilbert: My Dog Tale Published

Richard Gilbert: “Writing about our crazy canine teaches me (again) about essaying. ‘Why I Hate My Dog’ began as a comedic riff on our needy dog.”

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Recovering from a Less Than Favorable eBook

As disheartening as a self-publishing mistake can be, it does not signify the end.

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Erin Clossey: 45th Anniversary Ploughshares

Guest editors have included Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, Pulitzer Prize–winner Elizabeth Strout, and National Book Award winners Terrance Hayes and Lauren Groff.

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Dump Social Media, E-mbrace Email

Social media doesn’t work. In many cases, simple e-mail marketing techniques can be a better use of your time.

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Ten Faux Pas To Avoid as a First-Time Author

Gerry Aldridge, on what you can learn from his mistakes during your first time being published.

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Publishing: The Power of Your Own PR

From Randy Ross, how to use special events to your advantage and market your book at live events.

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A Hundred Rejection Letters

“This painful process is a necessary evil if writers are ever to climb out of the cocoon of isolation and share their work with the world.”

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Seeking an Editor: Freelance or a Content Marketing Agency?

You may instinctively turn to a copywriting or content marketing agency to fill your needs, but is this your best and only option?

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Writing—an elusive art of wisps and webs

“Writers are often cagey about the origin of their creations when asked where the story started.”

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A Hundred Rejection Letters

"This painful process is a necessary evil if writers are ever to climb out of the cocoon of isolation and share their work with the world."

Lessons Learned in a Literary Office

As an intern at Ploughshares literary journal, one fledging writer learns how to become her own best editor as she sifts through others submissions.

Erin Clossey: 45th Anniversary Ploughshares

Guest editors have included Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, Pulitzer Prize–winner Elizabeth Strout, and National Book Award winners Terrance Hayes and Lauren Groff.

The Hybrid Author

On the pros and cons of self publishing, or going with a publishing house.