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Make Your Query Letter and First Pages Pop: All About Voice (Impact Hub Oakland, Sept. 24, 2016) Agents and editors want to discover authors who write with a “fresh voice.” But what does that actually mean, and how do you add that secret ingredient to your query letter and manuscript? Join us for an interactive, high-energy three hours on Saturday,…

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Happy book-birthday to three Threepenny clients!

This week we’re celebrating the book launch of these three Threepenny clients. Love yourself an author today by buying a book, leaving a review, or spreading the word to your book-loving friends! These books are already hot commodities. Georgia Clark Don’t take it from me… Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and THE HEIRESSES says, “THE…

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Client Spotlight: C. E. Tobisman (DOUBT)

Coming in August! Debut author Cindy Tobisman will see DOUBT, the first novel in a series of Caroline Auden legal thrillers, launched by Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer publishing company. Congratulations! About the book: When Caroline Auden lands a job at a top law firm in Los Angeles, she’s excited for the challenge—and grateful for the chance to put her dark past as…

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Why Am I Getting Rejected?

Getting rejected is useful feedback. First drafts get written by ignoring the critical voices in your head. Good novels happen when you listen to those voices, weigh the criticism, and plan a revision. But in a competitive market, only the great novels get published.  Getting rejected hurts, but it signals a chance to see your novel with new eyes and make smart…

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New service: The $200 layout!

Page layout for novels & ebooks: Threepenny’s partner and pro book designer Phillip Gessert has developed a new, trimmer approach to page layout. It lets us do the biggest design job in publishing at a third of the normal cost. For novels, we can do ebook+print layout for $200. They’re bundled because Phillip builds them both in tandem. The quality is comparable with his custom work, but…

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Deal announcement: Imprint of Simon & Schuster buys “The Regulars”!

We’re sending all the collective hip-hip-hoorays of the Internet writersphere to client Georgia Clark, whose second novel, THE REGULARS, sold last week in a preempt deal to Emily Bestler Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. It’s due out in 2016, but what a way to start 2015! I loved this manuscript for its whip-smart humor and clever premise: Three twenty-something women…

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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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