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Writing What You Don’t Know About What You Know

June 5, 2014 • No Comments

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

3 Comments May 22, 2014 • 3 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 May 8, 2014 • 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 April 25, 2014 • 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 April 10, 2014 • 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 March 27, 2014 • 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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March 13, 2014 onthehouse

Writing Advice: On Brevity

No Comments March 13, 2014 • No Comments

The Twitter Fiction Festival, which started yesterday and goes through March 16, includes Algonquin authors Bill Roorbach, Sara Farizan and Gabrielle Zevin. Each author is creating an original work of fiction, meted out in 140-character…

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February 6, 2014 onthehouse

Writing Advice from Author Drew Perry

No Comments February 6, 2014 • No Comments

In Drew Perry’s new novel, Kids These Days…, an expectant father is paralyzed by the idea of taking responsibility for another human life when he can’t seem to manage his own. While Perry, the

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A Good Title Is Hard to Find

5 Comments January 23, 2014 • 5 Comments

 

Lest one think being a published author is all bubbles and brownies, consider all the work author Drew Perry  put into nailing down the perfect title for his just-published novel. Kids These Days takes…

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January 8, 2014 onthehouse

Writing Advice from Robert Morgan

1 Comment January 8, 2014 • 1 Comment


What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve gotten?
The novelist Alison Lurie said that when writing a novel I would have to find a “passive gear” and let my characters take over the story

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