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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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Editing and freelancing resources

I have been on a hunt for great editing and freelancing resources these past few weeks. The changing of the seasons always inspires me to take a fresh look at my writing and editing business, and make sure everything is on track. Once in a while, Amazon’s list of book recommendations is spot-on, and I thought I’d share a few…

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Editor interview! Shop talk with author Georgia Clark…

Author Georgia Clark is making the jump from writing YA novels to adult fiction with a speculative twist, but made some time for a quick editor interview on writing. A little backstory: she hired me to read through her fascinating and funny new manuscript, The Regulars, before sending it off to her agent. I loved working on it for so many reasons: Besides…

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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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