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Writer's Yearbook presents

Writer's Yearbook presents

Winter 2019

Writer's Yearbook provides articles with strategies and tips for advancing your career, interview techniques, exercises to improve your writing, instruction on the basics such as how to pitch an article idea to an editor or how to avoid rejection from an agent, and, for published authors, tips for marketing and promoting your book.

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8 minuti
2018 year in review

For better or worse, current events continue to drive attention, sales and subscriptions across all sectors of publishing this year. If 2017 was best remembered for “fake news,” then 2018 was the year of #MeToo, with a surge of groundbreaking revelations about sexual harassment rippling throughout all categories of the media, from Harvey Weinstein to Charlie Rose to Sherman Alexie. For book publishers, political books contributed to sales growth, while newspapers saw digital subscriptions increase as citizens grew more willing to pay for access to quality journalism. HEADLINES The Bestselling Book of 2018: Fire and Fury Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House burned up the bestseller charts this year. The book’s release resulted in a cease-and-desist letter from the President, which caused the publisher, Macmillan, to move up the…

1 minuti
in memoriam

This year we lost two pre-eminent male figures of 20th century literature: Philip Roth, perhaps best known for Portnoy’s Complaint and the character of Nathan Zuckerman; and new journalist Tom Wolfe, iconic in his trademark white suit, who wrote numerous bestsellers—both fiction and nonfiction—such as The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Science fiction and fantasy readers in particular mourned the loss of Ursula K. Le Guin (the Earthsea series) and Harlan Ellison, who won eight Hugo Awards during his career. We also said goodbye to Nobel Prizewinner V.S. Naipaul, poet Donald Hall, children’s author Richard Peck and novelist Anita Shreve (The Pilot’s Wife and The Weight of Water).…

10 minuti
alpha-bolg soup

Encourage a writer to start a blog and you’re likely to provoke a wince. Many resist blogging because they believe it will steal time away from precious minutes otherwise spent on their work-in-progress. Others hesitate to blog because they don’t know what to blog about. While nonfiction authors are positioned to discover natural fodder for posts as they dive in to research, for writers of fiction (as well as memoir and personal essay), material may be less obvious. Here’s a secret no one tells you: Blogging is simply a medium that allows you to connect with people who love the same books, hobbies and activities you do. Even more, it’s a way to cultivate a readership before you’ve even finished your manuscript, a method to build that ever-elusive “platform” that agents and…

9 minuti
perfecting your elevator pitch

How do you boil down your big, beautiful screenplay to just a few lines? It sounds impossible. In fact, it sounds insulting! Your story is vast. It contains multitudes! But say you only have 20 seconds to pitch it to someone. Can you do it? Of course you can. Because every great story grows from the kernel of one simple idea—the essential distillation of your plot in its purest form. To sell that big idea, you need to prepare an elevator pitch. But don’t just write a one-sentence summary and assume it’s good enough to rattle off. Before you approach that producer, consider the following questions: 1. Is your logline uniquely appealing? The one-sentence version of your story that encapsulates its distinctly original central idea is called a “logline.” It will get your…

6 minuti
kickstart your book

Crowdfunding can be an excellent way to raise money to publish a book, whether on your own or with a resource-limited team. For instance, the small press Alliteration Ink and I partnered in an effort to crowdfund my fourth novel. That campaign earned me a professional-level advance and paid for the book’s production costs, all from just 174 eager backers. Because my advance is paid by someone other than my publisher, I’ll receive royalties within days of when the book goes on sale. Compare that to the thousands of readers who must purchase a mass-market novel before an author earns anything beyond his traditionally structured advance. My campaign was a modest success built on the strength of my existing readership. Other campaigns have been financial triumphs, earning their authors mad cash…

10 minuti
taming the inner critic

Perhaps you find yourself in one of the following situations: • You’re writing a piece that you plan to share in a critique group or workshop. • You’re polishing a project that you plan to submit to an agent or editor, or for a peer review at a conference. • You’ve received an editorial letter from your publisher concerning revisions requested to your manuscript. • You’re working on a new project when your current one is garnering less than stellar reviews or sales. • You’re working on a new project that you’re not sure your agent or publisher can get behind. • You’re working on the next novel after a genuine success, and don’t know if this one measures up. Every one of these situations is fraught with uncertainty, and uncertainty engenders doubt—about oneself, about one’s talent,…