Archives For Publishing

Eli Glasman - The Boys Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew
A guest post by Eli Glasman, author of The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when I was seventeen and was unwell for a number of years. I had an operation when I was twenty-four, which finally awarded me some control over the illness.

With my new found health, I felt like I wanted to ‘start my life’ and decided to start sending my writing off for publication. I had been writing since I was eight years old and had an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Melbourne University. But, at this point I’d had no publications.

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As we explained in last year’s F. Scott Fitzgerald eBooks Collection post, Australian copyright law means that the works of many 20th century authors are freely available in the public domain, despite being still under copyright in the United States and elsewhere. This is because until 2005 Australia had a ‘life of the author plus 50 years’ copyright rule, making the writing of any author who died before 1955 freely available.

Thanks to the University of Adelaide, readers in Australia now have access to free and legal eBooks archive of works by George Orwell. The books are available to be read online, downloaded as ePub files (suitable for most eReaders), and in a format accessible on Kindles.

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Literary Magazines for New and Unpublished Writers“The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.”
– John Campbell

Seeing your work in print for the first time is a unique thrill. But it can feel like a daunting task to submit your writing to a magazine or journal when you nobody other than friends and family has ever read it. To make the process somewhat less scary, here are 9 literary magazines that welcome submissions from new and never before published writers.

Brittle Star
For almost fifteen years Brittle Star has been publishing the work of new and early-career writers, many of whom have seen their work in print for the first time. They welcome submissions of literary short fiction (up to 2000 words) and poetry (1 – 4 poems at a time). Brittle Star is published twice a year.

Ricochet Magazine
Based in Melbourne, Ricochet Magazine is an online magazine for aspiring writers and artists, maintained by a group of creatives who want to give others online publishing opportunities. Notably, Ricochet aims to provide editorial feedback to all writers who submit their work, even if it is not accepted for publication. Continue Reading…

Annabel Smith is Western Australian based author. In this guest post, Annabel shares the story of how her novel Whisky Charlie Foxtrot came to be written and published.

What a crazy little thing a book is. It begins as an idea in one person’s mind, and eventually ends up on a whole host of strangers’ bookshelves. But what happens in between? I’m not too sure how it works for JK Rowling, for instance, but I can tell you how it’s happened for me, with my second novel Whisky Charlie Foxtrot.

There are a number of steps on the journey to a book, most of which are at best gruelling, and at worst soul-destroying. Sounds like a blast, hey? So what are we waiting for?

Step 1: Write the damn book!

I think Ernest Hemingway described this step in the process quite succinctly:

Ernest Hemingway Quote

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Back in May 2013 we shared Understand the Key Book Publishing Paths, an infographic from Jane Friedman,  former publisher of Writer’s Digest and the current web editor of Virginia Quarterly Review. Jane has just released an updated version of the infographic that we have posted below.

The Key Book Publishing Paths Version 2

Click image to enlarge and to download PDF

Below are the website links to the popular tools and services for producing e-book files, and to the valuable tools and assistance, as mentioned in the bottom section of the infographic:

Popular Tools & Services for Producing e-Book Files

Valuable Resources & Assistance


Opportunities for Writers January and February 2014The ‘Opportunities for Writers’ posts were some of our most popular articles in 2013. We hope you enjoy the first post in the series for the new year.

Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize
is offered by Lake Forest College in conjunction with NOW Books. It offers an emerging writer under forty years old with no major book publication a two months residency at their campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan. The stipend is US$10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the college. Applications are open between 1 January and 1 March but only the first 200 will be considered so apply early.

Red Planet Prize for an original TV drama script
is open to anyone in the UK and Eire. Entrants must upload the first ten pages of an original 60 minute script for TV along with a short synopsis; this can be a single play or a pilot for a series. The winner receives a £5000 cash prize and development opportunities with Red Planet Pictures and Kudos for an original TV drama script. Entries close 6 January.

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This video from Random House gives a behind the scenes look at the book design process. It features interviews with designers Christopher Brand, Chip Kidd, Peter Mendelsund, Marysarah Quinn and Robbin Schiff.

 

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