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Project 2015: A Famous Rejection Letter

Orwell died this day in 1950. Here’s Knopf’s form rejection letter of a “stupid and pointless fable” called Animal Farm: Moral of the story? Don’t ever, ever stop at no. Do at least one thing today to make your past rejection letters frame-able. Read more about Project 2015 here!

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David Kalis makes Kirkus best-of-2014 list

Congratulations to Threepenny’s client, author David Kalis, whose coming-of-age memoir Vodka Shot, Pickle Chaser made the Kirkus Best Indie Memoirs of 2014 list. Here’s from the site: An affecting coming-of-age memoir looking at life in the Soviet Union at a time of political and social change by American debut author Kalis.   Recent college graduate David found himself at loose ends. He knew…

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The Cost of Editing a Book

In her Guardian article about self-publishing, Lisa Renee Jones estimates that to publish your own book well, the cost of editing is $6,000. She figures in all the costs, everything from $125 for the ISBN to $300 for buying review copies. By far, the largest expense she cites is $4,000 for editing. What do I think of the editing figure?…

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Book deal announcement! (Hint: We think it’ll be a bestseller.)

Congratulations to Threepenny’s client, author Karan Baraj, on his sale of THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT (working title) to Penguin/Random House this summer. He is a bestselling author in India, and after working through two rounds of revision to his manuscript with The Threepenny Editor, succeeded in breaking into the US market. It’s slated for release in Spring 2015, and…

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Finding a Literary Agent: An Abridged History of Rejection

I’m excited to announce that after more than fifteen years of dedicated writing, workshops, critique groups, and conferences, of getting the input of a freelance editor, and of doing countless manuscript swaps with writer friends, I have an agent. The amazing Jenny Bent of The Bent Agency is representing my novel, ROOM 100, and we are currently working on revisions….

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Why custom cover design is right for your book

A novel is a unique work of art. Its e-book and print cover should be, too. And once again, Threepenny’s go-to cover designer impresses me with his dedication to this ideal. Phillip Gessert has worked with me on over a dozen custom cover design projects in the past couple of years, so I should know as well as anyone that he’s good….

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The four stages of editing

When I find myself answering a question frequently, it’s time to blog about it. Many writers ask, “What’s the difference between developmental editing and copyediting?” Or, “Does a substantive edit include proofreading?” What these questions have in common is some confusion about the four separate stages of manuscript editing. A manuscript that goes from draft to published book must pass…

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Indie Projects Have the Freedom to Think Big

Here’s a guest post from Threepenny’s ace freelance designer, Phillip Gessert, on having the courage to take beautiful visual risks in designing a self-published book. +++++++++++++++ Seems like most of us are on the hunt for some kind of credibility. But we haven’t always got a firm grasp on how fluid credibility really is. Say you’re an indie author, and…

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What to Expect When Working with a Layout Designer

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…

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