Ask the Editor: Should I pay a reading fee?

Q: I’ve noticed that some publications now charge reading fees, and I’ve heard a lot of writers say this isn’t ethical. When, if at all, is it okay to pay a reading fee? — M.K., Los Angeles A: The short answer is: Almost never. The vast majority of reputable literary magazines do not (and should …

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How to add a book excerpt to your web site using Amazon Kindle for the Web

Late last year, Amazon unveiled Kindle for the Web, a feature that allows authors and publishers to easily post book excerpts on their web sites. Here’s what it looks like on my web site (you can click here to see it live): By pasting a text string supplied by Amazon, I can give visitors a …

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On Google, writing time, and short stories

This post on Alan Rinzler’s blog is a great reminder that even if you haven’t started shopping your book around, you may already be giving publishers good reasons to take a chance on you as a writer — or not. He offers a cautionary anecdote along with a few tips for writers (among them: be …

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On debut novels, short stories, and more

Given the way our culture celebrates youth (including writers), I really enjoyed this post by Randy Susan Meyers in the Huffington Post: a list of 41 writers whose debut novels were published after they turned 40 (among them: Meyers’ own book, The Murderer’s Daughters, as well as National Book Award winner Julia Glass and Pulitzer …

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