Archive for October, 2008

Two Upcoming Live Workshops with Christina Katz (that’s me!)

Hope you can come!

Christina Katz is teaching Nonfiction Writing Rhythms at Wordstock
Write short and get published sooner, rather than later. Find out why writers who set small goals typically breeze past writers who aim for the big gigs immediately. You’ll leave this workshop with a practical plan for nonfiction writing success.
Location: The Portland Convention Center, 777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland
Saturday, November 8th, 12:45-1:45 p.m.
Cost: $50.00 + festival pass, Register at http://www.wordstockfestival.com
Christina will be signing copies of “Get Known Before the Book Deal” and “Writer Mama” at the Willamette Writers Booth from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Self-Promotion Round Table
If you have a book coming out or a service or class to offer, you’re going to need to kick up some interest in what you do first. People are always asking to “borrow” my brain to help them brainstorm ideas for promoting themselves and their books. But when it comes to brainstorming, we all know that several brains are better than one. So I will facilitate this round table discussion to help participants increase their visibility for all the right reasons.

In this three-hour brainstorming session, you’ll drum up ideas that will lead you to a clear-cut plan for promoting yourself and all that you offer. Bring with you a one-paragraph description of your mission, a short bio summarizing your expertise, and a list of any self-promotion you’ve already accomplished (better yet, read my new book, “Get Known” prior to the workshop). You will leave with more ideas than you can possibly carry out, including a few you might not have come up with on your own. Plan to have fun and connect with like-minded writers.
Location: The Wilsonville Library
Dates: Saturday, December 6, 2008
Cost: $99.00 for three hours (intro price for December 6th session only), Register at http://www.christinakatz.com

Christina Katz has been empowering writers since 1998. She is the author of “Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform” and “Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids.” For more information on her upcoming classes, appearances, and giveaways, please visit http://www.christinakatz.com.

Writing & Selling Personal Essays: Rejected? 7 Steps to Recovery

By Kristin Bair O’Keeffe

This morning you receive a response in your email inbox from the publication to which just one week ago you submitted what you considered to be a well-crafted essay. The subject line gives nothing away, but when you open the email, you discover it’s not the acceptance for which you had hoped. Instead, it’s a rejection, and a very impersonal one at that.

Ouch. Rejection hurts, I know. But here’s the truth. Getting rejected is part of the writing process. Everyone gets rejected from time to time, even the most prolific, experienced writers.

But from here on, the important thing is not that you were rejected, but how you deal with it. The way I see it, you’ve got two possible routes: One, you can hurl yourself into a deep, mind-numbing depression during which you don’t leave your couch for a full month and during which you consume 341 pints of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream and 62 frozen pizzas. Or two, you can follow my very supportive, productive plan for writing recovery.

With me? Great. Here’s what you do:

1. Feel the pain and do what you need to do to comfort yourself. For some, that might mean running seven miles at high altitude while carrying a five-pound weight in each hand. For others, it might mean consuming four pints of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream. (Better than 341, right?)
2. After no more than five days, print out the rejected essay. Read it critically. Read it out loud and listen to every word. After you’ve read it once, read it again. Read it forward. Read it backward. Read it to your roommate, spouse, mail carrier, writing partner, or dog. Read the essay until you’ve got a sense of it-until you know what’s working and what’s not working.
3. With the material fresh in your mind, ask yourself a multiple-choice question: Was this essay rejected because:

  • It’s not polished enough or it has some inherent structural flaw?
  • It wasn’t a good fit for the publication?
  • It was a matter of bad timing?

4. If your answer is (a), then sit down at your computer and get to work. You are more than capable of moving this essay from pretty good to excellent.
5. If your answer is (b), do more research. Look for a publication for which this essay is a perfect fit. That might mean a trip to the library or the bookstore to peruse the magazine collections. If you don’t find anything there, try your best friend’s living room floor. (She’s always got at least a dozen or so magazines strewn around.)
6. If your answer is (c), look for an equally suitable publication. (In this case, you may have received a note from the editor telling you that your essay was right for the magazine but that she’d just accepted an essay on a similar topic.)
7. Send the essay out again. Yep, no rest for the rejected. The longer you wait to get this piece out again, the harder it will be to go back to it.

See? That wasn’t so hard, was it? Way better than rolling around in a vat of self-pity for a month, huh? Now all you have to do is wait for the acceptance letter (and get to work on your next essay).

Personal Essay Marketplace: Got an uplifting, inspirational essay? Chicken Soup for the Soul might be just the home for it. Chicken Soup publishes a series of essay collections on all kinds of topics, including dogs, cats, holidays, high school, and lots more.

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Kristin Bair O’Keeffe moved to Shanghai, China, in April 2006 and has been writing about this incredible country ever since. Her blog, “Shanghai Adventures of a Trailing Spouse,” chronicles her adventures (and misadventures) in Shanghai and garners the attention of readers all around the world. Her essays about the China experience can be found in The Baltimore Review and To Shanghai With Love (forthcoming). As a respected writing instructor, she has taught hundreds of writers over the past fourteen years and is currently teaching both fiction and nonfiction writing in Shanghai.

Fund Your Writing Projects: Prepare Your Budget (Part 2)

Gigi RosenbergBy Gigi Rosenberg
A couple of months ago I talked about calculating the expenses for the budget that goes with most grant applications. This month, let’s look at the side of the budget form where you list the income that you might earn from this project.

You may wonder: how can a budget have a section for income? Isn’t income the money I am trying to get from the granting organization? How could I possibly have other income to list? In fact, the grant you’re applying for may only be part of your income.

Why does income matter? Many granting agencies like to see that you have several sources and that you are being supported in many ways besides this one grant you are applying for. Having several sources of revenue is also a good thing for you: if one dries up, there are always others.

What are some examples of income?

Other grants: Maybe you’ve already received a grant to fund a portion of your project. Or maybe you have applied for other grants and haven’t yet heard if you’ve been funded. You should list these grants on the budget form. If you’ve applied and don’t know the outcome, list it as “pending.”

Merchandise: Let’s say your project is a literary event. Maybe you’ll be selling books, posters, or t-shirts at the event. The money you bring in from these sales can be listed as income on the grant application.

Ticket sales: Your project may include an event that people will buy tickets to attend. The money you take in as ticket sales can be listed as income. Estimate how many people will attend based on how many are on your mailing list, how many have attended your past productions, and how vigorously you’ll be getting the word out. Always underestimate.

In-kind donations: An in-kind donation is a product or a service that a company or individual gives you for a project, such as a graphic designer who donates her time to design your poster. Or a commercial printer may give you the paper to print the poster. In-kind donations show that others have so much faith in your work that they are willing to give you valuable goods or services in support. List the monetary value of such donations as income.

Having several sources of income on your grant application will make your application more competitive. Let’s face it: if two writers apply for a grant and one lists no other sources of income while the other says she’s already earned $1,000 from another grant or is poised to sell her books, other merchandise, and tickets, who would you fund? Chances are you’d fund the writer who showed, by her efforts, that she plans to succeed, no matter what.

Next month we’ll explore more ways to earn income for your project. For now, brainstorm like an author-preneur. How many ways can you think of to earn money (or donations) for your project besides this one grant you are applying for?

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Gigi Rosenberg writes about motherhood, relationships and the writing life. Her latest essay “Signora” appears in the Seal Press anthology The Maternal is Political. Her work has been published in Parenting, Writer’s Digest, The Oregonian, The Jewish Review and featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting. Gigi coaches writers on how to read to an audience. She is currently writing Get Your Art into the World: How to Fund Your Creative Endeavors a book to supplement her national workshops on grant writing.

October Freelancing for Newspapers Challenge: Writing a Column

Sue Fagalde Lick By Christina Katz

Most nonfiction writers dream of writing a column. We all want to be the next Erma Bombeck or Dave Barry. We want the fame, the books, the speaking engagements, the coffee mugs with our pictures on them. If we just shower editors with anecdotes from our everyday lives, surely they’ll recognize our genius and make a space in the paper for us.

Right? Unfortunately, no.

A successful column has to be about something more than our own lives. It must offer something that keeps the readers coming back. Columns come in various forms, covering everything from cars to kids. They can be straight prose, opinion pieces, questions and answers, short tidbits, or lists. What sets them apart from other newspaper articles is that they appear every day, every week or every month in the same place, same format, same length.

The challenge is to find a suitable market and a reader-friendly subject for which you can keep coming up with ideas. Think hard before you commit to a column. You might have enough material for an article or two, but can you keep writing 500- to 700-word pieces about this subject for years?

You can sell columns to just one paper, to a syndicate, or self-syndicate them to many newspapers. Look for likely markets that aren’t already running something similar. Query with several samples and suggestions for additional columns. For more information on marketing columns, read You Can Write a Column by Monica McCabe Cardoza or Successful Syndication by Michael Sedge. Also check Writer’s Market http://www.writersmarket.com or visit the Erma Bombeck humor writers website http://www.humorwriters.org.

YOUR CHALLENGE THIS MONTH: Let your muse loose and start making lists of things that you know and care a lot about. Consider jobs, hobbies, volunteer activities, education, and family issues. What is the most important thing in your life? Can you write a column about it? Make lists until you find a subject that seems to have legs, then come up with a market, a title and ideas for at least 10 columns.

You are welcome to share your results or discuss the challenge here, as well as at my Freelancing for Newspapers blog. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers.

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Sue Fagalde Lick, author of Freelancing for Newspapers, worked as a staff writer, photographer and editor for newspapers in California and Oregon for many years before moving into full-time freelancing. In addition to countless newspaper and magazine articles, she has published three books on Portuguese Americans. She has taught workshops at Oregon Coast Community College, online for Writing-world.com and for Willamette Writers and California Writers Club. She offers an online course on reviews as well as individual coaching. See her website and visit her blog.

Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Grow an Author Platform from Christina Katz and Writer’s Digest Books on sale now!

Sell Your First Book & Develop a Successful and Sustainable Writing Career

Before you can land a book deal—before you can even attract the interest of agents and editors—you need to be visible. How do you become visible? You develop a platform, or a way of reaching your readers. Everybody can develop a platform, and this book shows you how to do it while you’re still writing.

This book offers:

  • A step-by-step approach to creating, growing, and nurturing a platform
  • An economical approach to self-promotion (you don’t have to spend thousands)
  • A clear way to uncover your strengths and weaknesses as an author
  • The strategies that are essential (or not) to online promotion
  • A philosophy of authorship that leaves you confident, empowered, and equally partnered with agents, editors, and publishers (instead of waiting to be discovered)
  • A diverse set of tools and methods for getting known (not just Web-based tools or ideas for extroverts)
  • After you read this book, you’ll be able to answer the inevitable question: “What’s your platform?” with ease and professionalism.

You’ll learn the hows and whys of becoming visible and how to cultivate visibility from scratch. Best of all, you won’t need any previous knowledge or experience to get started. Everything you need to know is here, in one source.

You’ll discover that growing a writing career isn’t just about landing one book deal and then scrambling like crazy. There is a more strategic and steady way to lay the groundwork so you can avoid scrambling altogether—and Get Known Before the Book Deal is the only comprehensive book that shows you how.

Writerpreneur: Treating Your Career Like a Business

October 2007 Family Fun MagazineBy Gregory A. Kompes

Writerpreneurs need to have souls like writers and spirits like entrepreneurs. We need to think of ourselves not only as creative types, but as business people, too. One strong way to do that is to design a business plan for our writing business.

In simple terms, a business plan is a formal statement of the goals you have for your business and how you plan to attain those goals. When I speak to writer’s groups, I often compare business plans to book proposals. With a proposal, you describe what your book is about, how it’s different from the competition, why you’re the best person to write that book, and how you plan to market it. Your business plan can follow a similar model.

The U.S. Small Business Administration recommends that business plans for small businesses have the following sections:

1.    Executive Summary: a concise overview of the entire plan along with a history of your company.

2.    Market Analysis: your industry knowledge and general highlights of your competition.

3.    Company Description: information about the nature of your business as well as a list of the primary factors you believe will make your business a success.

4.    Organization & Management: details about the ownership of your company: your biographical information.

5.    Marketing & Sales Management: your marketing strategy defined.

6.    Service or Product Line: describe your service or product, emphasizing the benefits to potential and current customers.

7.    Funding Request: your current funding requirement, your future funding requirements over the next five years, how you will use the funds you receive, and any long-range financial strategies.

8.    Financials: Historical financial data and prospective financial data.

9.    Appendix: might include letters of reference, work samples, and client lists.

While not all of the sections above will apply to your situation, it’s a good idea to consider how your own business goals align with these topics. Think of your business plan like a blueprint of how and why you have your writing business. How can you grow that business to reach your goals? As with all goal-setting activities, when you create a plan to attain your goals you have a greater possibility of reaching them and along with them, the success you seek.

Here are some online resources to help you learn more about business plans:

·    U.S. Small Business Administration
·    Center for Business Planning
·    SCORE
·    Microsoft Office Online
·    Plan Ware – Business Plan Software

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Gregory A. Kompes, author of the bestseller 50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live and the Writer’s Series, speaks at conferences and teaches Internet self-promotion courses online. Gregory is editor of Queer Collection: Prose & Poetry, Patchwork Path, The Fabulist Flash, and Eighteen Questions, a Q&A series that collects published authors experiences (chosen a “101 Best Websiteby Writer’s Digest ). In Las Vegas, he hosts the Writerpreneur Workshops and co-host’s the Writer’s Pen & Grill. Gregory holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University, New York, and a certificate in Online Teaching and Learning and an MS Ed. from California State University, East Bay.

Writing Roots: Books as Friends

Christina Katz By Christina Katz

I picked up a book called The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood (a fellow Writer’s Digest author) and took it to Starbucks for a date. Over an afternoon Americano, I fell in love. The combination of truth and encouragement was exactly what I’d needed at the moment. I’d found a new friend.

Books have always been friends to me, and inspirational writing books have always held a special place in my heart. I’m sure many other writers feel the same way. In real life, I haven’t always had a pal saying to me, “You can be a writer, if that’s what you really want to do.” I did not personally have the chance to know E.B. White, who said, “Writing is an act of faith and nothing else.” (Though I would challenge him on that, since it strikes me as a somewhat romanticized oversimplification.)

What I’m getting at is that any person who feels called to write deserves to hear the same encouraging voices I heard, at least and until real, live encouraging voices of writer-friends can be acquainted. Maybe you can’t pick up the phone and get a writing friend on the other end of the line. Maybe you can’t Skype your old writing buddy overseas and talk screen-to-screen about the current exciting developments in your careers. Maybe you don’t have writing students who have become friends.

Therefore if the first encouraging voice you hear comes from inanimate objects (books), what of it? Books may not be alive; yet they sometimes seem to be. They live on the shelf always within arm’s reach and are there when you need them. People may or may not always be this consistent. Certainly if the people in your life are not, I hope you will avail yourself of the lovely encouraging voices that encouraged me.

So take a look at my home office bookshelf, and meet the books that have withstood the test of time and many house cleanings. Quite possibly, they are among your favorites, as well:

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Before life coaches were popular, Natalie Goldberg had a spiritual teacher and the world was ripe for that perspective. Writing Down the Bones is not just a book about Goldberg’s philosophy and teaching tools on the writing life, it’s the story of a woman struggling to transform her life. Because of this, she’s always besides you, and she never talks down to you.

What is Natalie Goldberg up to now? I had to find out. See for yourself.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
It’s no surprise that another one of my favorites is about the struggle to become a writer despite the challenges we are dealt in life. How can a writer succeed? It’s all in the title – bird by bird and word by word. There really isn’t any other way. Readers, myself included, love Lamott for her transparency, her humor and her willingness to tackle tough subjects and then turn them into poetry. My only regret is that she doesn’t, and has never to my knowledge had, a website.

Want to learn more about Anne Lamott? Check out her Wikipedia entry.

The Artist’s Way and The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
Julia Cameron was my matchmaker. Because of The Artist’s Way, I met my husband. I also learned sustainable creative habits I still rely on today. But The Right to Write will also always have a special place in my heart. My copy is signed. It’s punctuated with condensed truth and wisdom, just like everything that Julia writes. I consider her a pioneer and champion of the creative spirit. Cynics can find their own heroes.

What’s Julia up to now? Here’s her official website.

It is no coincidence that the first books I’ve written have ended up on the writing reference shelves in bookstores — that’s where I discovered some of my earliest writing friends. If you care to share yours, I’d be happy to hear about them.

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Christina Katz is the author of Get Known Before the Book Deal, Use Your Personal Strengths to Build an Author Platform and Writer Mama, How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids (both for Writer’s Digest Books). She started her platform “for fun” seven years ago and ended up on Good Morning America. She teaches writing career development, hosts the Northwest Author Series, and is the publisher of several e-zines including Writers on the Rise. Christina blogs at The Writer Mama Riffs and Get Known Before the Book Deal, and speaks at MFA programs, literary events, and conferences around the country.

Time Management Mastery: The Online Resumé

October 2007 Family Fun MagazineBy C. Hope Clark

Most writers are accustomed to writing short biographies for articles or query letters, but few possess a full-fledged resumé of their attributes and abilities. That’s because few editors or agents request such a thing. While you may never need to send a paper resumé, an online resumé can fill several needs with little effort and doesn’t have to be limited to one or two pages like its paper counterpart. Here are three reasons an online resumé is handy:

1. For your personal record. As you publish more, or as you accomplish more in your career, you need a place to record the facts. Flipping into your website, you can note the latest byline, possibly with a link to where it’s located on the Web. I’ve referred to my resumé often when creating or updating my short bio or promotional blurb.

2. For editors and agents. While they say they don’t want your life’s history, they may be intrigued by your previous job experience or that strange degree that has nothing to do with writing. They may check out your website before signing with you, just to have a peek at who you are. I once had an editor call me out of the blue to do a piece on agricultural careers for a teenage magazine. She found me from my resumé, which also confirmed my degree in agronomy and background with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For this assignment, my online resumé earned me $750.

3. For your readership. When a reader discovers your work and likes your writing, he wants to know more about the author. Your resume feeds that hunger, keeping him interested in your writing career and your future releases.

The items in a resumé consist of identification, employment, published material,
education, awards and professional affiliations. Make the font bold and legible and the layout professionally simple. For an example of my online resumé. For a great lesson on how to prepare an online and an email resumé, see The Riley Guide. Some free examples and templates can be found at 1st Writers.

Emphasize the writing aspect of your life and abbreviate anything else. This resumé is for your writing career.

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C. Hope Clark is founder and editor of FundsforWriters.com, annually recognized by Writer’s Digest in its poll of 101 Best Web Sites for Writers. She delivers four newsletters each week to thousands with her specialty being grants and income opportunities for writers of all sizes. She’s published over 200 articles on paper and online. Those reluctant to promote their writing cherish her trade paperback The Shy Writer: An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Success. Find more hope for your writing career at www.fundsforwriters.com & www.theshywriter.com.

WINTER CLASSES START JANUARY 14TH!


Christina KatzWriting and Publishing The Short Stuff
Especially For Moms (But Not Only for Moms)!
Class Begins on January 14th
Prerequisites: None
Finally, a writing workshop that fits into the busy lives of moms! You will learn how to create short, easy-to-write articles-a skill that will make it easier to move up to longer, more time-consuming articles when you’re ready. Try your pen at tips, fillers, short interviews, list articles, how-tos, and short personal essays-all within six weeks. Now includes markets!
Cost: $199.00.
Register at Writers on the Rise

Abigail GreenPersonal Essays that Get Published with Abigail Green
Class Begins on January 14th
Prerequisites: None
The popularity of reality shows, blogs, and tell-all books proves that it pays to get personal these days. Whether you want to write introspective essays, short humor pieces, or first-person reported stories, your life is a goldmine of rich material that all kinds of publications are pining for. Personal Essays that Get Published will teach you how to get your personal experiences down on the page and get them published. Students will learn how to find ideas, hone their voice, craft solid leads and endings, reslant their work for different markets, and submit their essays for publication.

Cost: $199.00

Register at Writers on the Rise


Christina KatzPlatform Building 101: Discover your Specialty
(Formerly “Targeting Your Best Writing Markets”)
Class Begins on January 14th

Prerequisites: None

Identifying your writing specialty is one of the trickiest and most necessary steps in launching a writing career today. This class will help you find your best audiences, cultivate your expertise, manage your ideas, develop marketing skills, claim your path, serve editors and become portfolio-minded. You’ll learn how to become the professional you’ve always wanted to be and, most importantly, how to take your writing career more seriously.
Cost: $199.00.
Register at Writers on the Rise

Christina KatzCraft A Saleable Nonfiction Book Proposal
Winter Class Begins on January 14th
Prerequisites: Former student or Permission from Instructor
Most writers underestimate the comprehensiveness needed in a book proposal that will garner the interest of agents and editors. They also mistake the definition of platform and importance of alining their proposal to a solid track record. A two-time author, Christina has helped hundreds of nonfiction writers succeed over the past seven years. Now she’s making her proposal-writing advice available in a six-week e-mail course to aspiring authors who want to nail the proposal the first time around. The best way to have a short, tight proposal that will impress agents and editors is to start now!
Cost: $299.00 [Priority to former students]
Register at Writers on the Rise

Agent and Editor Spotlight: Cassie Murdoch, Assistant Editor at Workman Publishing

By Cindy Hudson

Workman Publishing is a mid-sized publisher, turning out about 40 books a year from its office in New York City. Cassie Murdoch, assistant editor at Workman, says while that’s not a lot of books by some standards, the company puts a lot of energy into each title. And Peter Workman is still very much involved in what makes it to bookstore shelves with the Workman imprint. Here’s Murdoch’s advice to writers who would like to pitch their non-fiction book ideas to her company as well as to other publishers.

As an assistant editor, do you have titles you acquire on your own?
The assistants at Workman are more involved than at other houses, and we are very much hands on. We also come up with a lot of ideas in-house.

Do you accept proposals from authors directly or do you only work with agents?
We definitely take unsolicited submissions. Occasionally something comes along that we really like and we go for it. We also work directly with authors we’ve published successfully in the past as well as agents.

What catches your attention when a proposal lands on your desk?
I look for a great idea I haven’t seen before, or a new spin on an old topic. I have to think, “I want to read that, and I know five other people who would want to read it.” Workman’s books depend on authors who are authoritative in their field, or someone who has a great, unique voice. If I’m reading and I feel like anybody could have written the book, it doesn’t appeal to me as much as something more authentic.

What else do you look for?
Does the author have some kind of platform? They don’t have to be the pre-eminent expert in their field, but if they have expertise we couldn’t find in anyone else or if they have developed something no one else has thought of, that works too. They also have to be willing to work hard for their book. I think some people have the perception that they worked really hard to write it, and then they’re done. A commitment to the idea they’re working on and a strong interest in the subject are important.

Also an online presence is a plus. The author doesn’t necessarily have to have a blog with a million readers, but if this person is part of a community the idea feels more tested. The flip side of that is there may be nothing new for the book. Ideally, an author will still have a lot more content to give.

What turns you off immediately in a proposal?
When it’s clear the person hasn’t done their research. We don’t publish fiction for instance, so if I get a fiction proposal I know this person is just throwing it at everyone and hoping somebody takes it. I like to know someone has taken the time to find out not only what house is good for a project, but in some cases what editor may have worked on projects similar to their book. Also, I won’t publish something that’s going to compete directly with what we’ve already put out there.

What’s a good place for authors to do this research?
I always recommend that you find books that connect or relate to your book and see who publishes them. You can often find out who edited a book by reading the acknowledgments page. Keep in mind I’m talking about complementary titles, not competing ones.

How far in advance do you acquire titles, and what happens with a proposal you like?
Right now (September 2008) I’m mostly looking at Fall 2009 and beyond. When we get a proposal, we often will go back and forth with the author to clarify what they’re going to write. Once we’ve bought the book, we like to agree on where we’re heading and what the time frame is. When we get the manuscript, it’s a very collaborative process that goes on sometimes for a couple of weeks, sometimes for a couple of months. It depends on the length of the book. We work hard to make things happen quickly, but it is really important to us that we don’t rush so much that we lose the standards we have for ourselves.

How long does an author spend writing after you agree?
On average maybe six to nine months.

How does your publicity department work with the author?
We have a very involved publicity department. Depending on the project, the publicists may decide to put together a regular tour, or a radio/satellite tour, or sometimes a blog tour. They are really good at finding non-traditional ways to promote our books and making sure we reach the right audience. We also highly value an author who works to promote their book.

Murdoch encourages anyone wishing to submit a proposal to Workman to read the company’s submission guidelines before sending something in.

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Cindy HudsonCindy Hudson writes for national trade magazines, regional magazines, online publications and daily newspapers. Her website and its companion blog, publishes reading lists, book reviews, author interviews and other book club resources. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Portland, Oregon, where she writes weekly for The Oregonian. Visit her online at www.cindyhudson.com.


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