Tomorrow, Amazon will name the winners of the Breakthrough Novel Award, its annual career-maker contest. This year over five thousand novelists submitted their manuscripts to a grueling elimination process that winnows entries down to a handful, to be chosen among by popular vote. The grand prize winner receives a $15,000 advance and a contract from Penguin; the others receive $3,000….
Archive for June, 2012
If you are self-publishing, chances are, you will hire a graphic designer to convert your Word manuscript to a print-ready InDesign file. InDesign is expensive Adobe software that makes your novel look like a book instead of a printed-out stack of manuscript pages. In managing dozens of layout projects over the years, I have noticed a few common misconceptions about…