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Advice to Authors

Colum McCanns's Letter to a Young Writer

recommended by Arnold Dolin



Colum McCann is the highly acclaimed author of six novels and three collections of short stories, including the 2009 novel Let the Great World Spin, which won the National Book Award.  Updated every Friday, McCann's "Letter to a Young Writer" is a series of musings, exhortations, and practical recommendations that all writers--but especially writers of fiction--are likely to find inspiring. TO READ MCCANN'S "LETTER," CLICK HERE.



Internet: Authors' Friend or Foe?

by Sandi Gelles-Cole



All of us in the writing and publishing communities know that the book business is going through major technological change.  Perhaps most difficult to accept are the changing of editorial, marketing, and distribution traditions. . . .  TO READ MORE, CLICK HERE.




When To Call the (Book) Doctor

by Sandi Gelles-Cole



Chances are, if you are checking out the CEA web site, you are an author with an inkling that you might require editorial assistance.  Of course, in the world of legendary editor Maxwell Perkins and novelist William Faulkner—or for that matter the world of Carole Baron and Judith Krantz, or many other contemporary editors and the authors they have worked with—it’s understood that every author needs an editor, just as every actor needs a director.  Traditionally, the editor was provided by the publisher.  But this is no longer the case.  Editors who work for publishing houses have had their job descriptions changed over the past decade.  Their mission now is generally to acquire books and help package and market them—not to edit them. . . .  TO READ MORE, CLICK HERE.




Is Authorship for You?  

A Guide for Business People and Others (Part One)

by Karl Weber


Once upon a time, the writing of memoirs was reserved mainly for notable statesmen, artists, and generals. Samuel L. Clemens, who was an entrepreneur as well as the author "Mark Twain," made a fortune publishing the memoirs of President Ulysses S. Grant, who turned out, surprisingly, to be no mean stylist.Occasional business people have always written books, too. . . . TO READ MORE, CLICK HERE.




Is Authorship for You?  

A Guide for Business People and Others (Part Two)

by Karl Weber


As a business executive, you are accustomed to (and presumably skilled at) delegating tasks, managing teams, communicating an agenda--in short, accomplishing things with and through other people. But the titles, roles, and tribal customs of the various members of the typical publishing team are probably unfamiliar to you and may strike you as arcane and arbitrary. To get you started on mastering this new game, here's a scorecard listing the key players. . . . TO READ MORE, CLICK HERE.

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