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How to I start? Typically, you pitch an idea or send a query letter before you write an entire manuscript that may or may not be accepted. Don't pitch to a company that doesn't accept unsolicited manuscripts. Don't pitch a romance to a company that specializes in mystery or a children's book to a company… Continue reading Tips for First-time Authors
You might start out with a plan, but after you write a while, your writing can take on a life of its own and lead you down another path. Don't despair. "[T]hat’s the great thing about fiction. We use it for entertainment, and we also use it to explain and understand our lives. We only… Continue reading Are Your Dreams of Being Hemingway Dissolving? Don’t Despair!
Jodie Archer had always been puzzled by the success of The Da Vinci Code. She’d worked for Penguin UK in the mid-2000s, when Dan Brown’s thriller had become a massive hit, and knew there was no way marketing alone would have led to 80 million copies sold. So what was it, then? Something magical about… Continue reading Does Your Book Follow the “Code”?
If you have written a manuscript wherein you created original characters, plot development, and theme, that manuscript belongs to you and should be cited in a book by the copyright symbol. Should you require more protection, you can register that copyright. However, in most circles, copyright is respected. Even an editor cannot significantly change the… Continue reading Copyright: What Do You Own?
Yes, that says 2018, and the list keeps growing. We welcome all ideas and manuscripts. Unfortunately, we cannot publish them all at once, but we do think ahead for the next year. #crystalpubs2014 Currently, we are looking for children's books that explore and celebrate diversity; YA books on current topics; adult fiction and non-fiction. Children's… Continue reading Call for 2018 Publications
Algorithms Could Save Book Publishing—But Ruin Novels Jodie Archer had always been puzzled by the success of The Da Vinci Code. She’d worked for Penguin UK in the mid-2000s, when Dan Brown’s thriller had become a massive hit, and knew there was no way marketing alone would have led to 80 million copies sold. So… Continue reading Can You Really Predict Sales?