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A Perennial Question: What is Literary Fiction?

Check out this discussion about the definition of literary fiction and add your opinion. While you’re at it, here’s literary agent Donald Maass’s answer. I like it. What do you think?Writer with questions

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5 Legal Terms Every Author Should Know…

We never hear this enough! Thanks, Chris!

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Extract from an article by Writer and Lawyer Helen Sedgwick:

What is the worst mistake an indie author can make?

A bad book cover? A poorly edited manuscript? A hokey website?

No. It’s losing control over your work.legal terms

Pause and Read the Fine Print

Your work is valuable property, just like your car or home. You wouldn’t hand over your car keys to a stranger you met on the internet. You wouldn’t let someone with a slick website move into your guest room. Yet, every day, writers click ACCEPT to contracts with self-publishing companies that take too much control over the author’s work.

Why? Because they can’t bring themselves to read the fine print.

If you are like most people, online contracts with all those legal terms look like 5000 words run through a blender. My goal is to show you where and what to look for, so you can…

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Terrific Post on Reading Your Contract!

Typewriter publishThanks to PubCrawl and Kelly Van Sant for this clear and comprehensive piece about red flags in publishing contracts.

It should be required reading!

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Are You a Romance Writer? Here’s Help!

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You might want to check out this list of 31 romance publishers who accept unagented work from Authors Publish!

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» 15 Publishers of Mystery Novels That Accept Submissions Without an Agent

Exl pointA list I’ve been looking for a long time! As is so often the case, found it through Chris the Story Reading Ape. Hope you find it useful!

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