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A Dialogue on Dialogue

2 Comments In this high-wire act of derring-do and ersatz dialogue, senior editor Kathy Pories and executive editor Chuck Adams discuss one of the most challenging aspects of craft. Kathy: “Nice weather we’re having. Aren’t you sick…

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The Quotable Algonkian, Part 2: Summer Slump Edition

No Comments No Comments Algonquin authors, a spectacularly talented lot, are also exceptionally generous with their hard-earned writing advice. During the dog days of summer, even the most dedicated writer’s momentum can stall, so we’ve compiled another installment of…

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Manuscripts

2 Comments 2 Comments When writers submit their projects for possible publication, it can feel like all of that hard work has been sucked into a black hole, especially if the response is ultimately a rejection. Having your project…

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Inspiration and the Eighties Anthem

No Comments No Comments Imagine, if you would, a writer. Let’s put him in his car. He’s listening to the radio. (Kickin’ it old school, as it were.) Actually, he’s only half-listening, because really he’s thinking about deadlines. And…

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Writing What You Don’t Know About What You Know

1 Comment 1 Comment Few bits of writing wisdom are doled out more avidly than that old chestnut about writing what you know, meaning writing from your own experience. It makes sense, of course. It’s a logical path to…

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Query Do’s and Don’ts

6 Comments 6 Comments Algonquin is one of a dwindling number of publishing houses that still accepts unsolicited queries, and we accept them only through regular mail. Since you’ve worked so hard already and may soon be adding a…

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Jacket Design: Judging a Book by Its Cover

1 Comment 1 Comment Readers often wonder about the behind-the-scenes aspects of book publishing, and jacket design can seem especially mysterious. So today, Creative Director Anne Winslow explains how the gorgeous jacket for Krista Bremer’s profound and moving memoir,…

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Books to Film: The “Real” Joe

1 Comment 1 Comment Gary Hawkins had been well versed in the real and fictional worlds of Larry Brown long before his screen adaptation of Brown’s critically acclaimed novel Joe premiered earlier this month. Yet, even a decade after…

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Sense of Place: Writers at Work

1 Comment 1 Comment Anyone  who spends hours at a time holed up inside his or her imagination knows that where we work can be vital to what we create. Our workspace anchors us to the real world and…

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Writing by Hand with Michael Parker

No Comments No Comments Writing is a physical act. And for author Michael Parker, it is an act done by hand. Pen and paper. Michael’s latest novel is All I Have in This World, which he wrote, of course,…

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