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Blurb Anxiety: The Sometimes Painful Process of Asking for Prepublication Praise

by Shelly Oria

The Practical Writer

May/June 2015

<p>Having to approach other authors, some with weighty reputations, and ask for the time-consuming favor of writing a blurb can be an unexpected source of anxiety. A debut author shares her experience with part of the publishing process that many writers don’t talk about.</p>

Posted 2.05.15

Publishing veteran Debra Englander gives an overview of the self-publishing process, followed by a conversation with literary agent Ted Weinstein—who represents Keith Devlin, NPR's Math Guy and author of numerous traditionally published books as well as the self-published title Leonardo and Steve: The Young Genius Who Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years—and publicist Amy Packard about the opportunities available to independent authors as well as the challenges they face.

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Daily News

Dundee International Book Prize winner announced; Dylan Thomas’s reputation in Wales; Maryland bookstore donates to international charities; and other news.

The Aha! Moment: McSweeney’s Poetry Series editor Dominic Luxford

by Michael Bourne

Special Section

November/December 2014

<p>McSweeney’s Poetry Series editor Dominic Luxford reveals what made him notice, and then decide to publish, Arif Gamal’s poetry collection, <i>Morning in Serra Mattu: A Nubian Ode</i>.</p>

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News and Trends

November/December 2014

“I wasn’t going to begin again, having stopped, apparently, and started up again, foolishly, too many times already, attempting to write about my family and Spring Hope and myself there with them and later there without them.” It Will End With Us (Coffee House Press, November 2014) by Sam Savage. Fifth book, novel. Agent: None. Editor: Chris Fischbach. Publicist: Amelia Foster.

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Daily News

Rushdie shares PEN Pinter Award with imprisoned Syrian activist; Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano and his work; little-known punctuation marks; and other news.

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Daily News

French novelist Patrick Modiano wins 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature; Billy Collins on poetry and leadership; Twin Cities–based bookstore to close; and other news.

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Daily News

Banned Books Week continues; George Bernard Shaw's garden spade unearthed; the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association takes aim at Amazon; and other news.

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Daily News

National Book Award in Fiction longlist announced; Terrance Hayes on music in poetry; Alison Bechdel to write memoir on fitness fads; and other news.

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Daily News

Haruki Murakami on the importance of mystery; the National Book Award in Poetry longlist announced; James Patterson donates books to troops; and other news.

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