Archive for May, 2011

How NOT to write a bestseller

Read an interesting post this morning that I think is worth sharing. About what sells in America (and what does not). Click here for the entire post.

Harlan Coben’s Interview

May 29, 2011 2 comments

Harlan Coben’s interview with the Writer’s Digest (I just LOVED this response) –

Q. You’ve said you used to make fun of “write what you know,” but that you’ve actually made it work for you. Are there other adages you find to be bad advice?

A. The one I hate the most is when writers say, “I write only for myself. I don’t care who reads it.” That to me is like saying, “I talk only to myself. I don’t care who listens.” Writing is about communication. You can call it art and you can call it commerce, but without the other side it’s playing catch and you’re throwing the ball and no one’s there to catch it. And that’s a really important thing to remember. People writing only for themselves, it’s probably therapy.

Click here for the rest of the article. Worth a read.


Literary Agent on Pitching Your Manuscript

New Contests

Here are a few more writing competitions. Click here to enter.

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Social Networking and Writing

LinkedIn can be a very useful tool for writers and publishing professionals. Media Bistro lists some 45 groups that can help writers. Click here for details.

Amazon’s Latest Imprint

Amazon’s on a roll. It is launching its fifth publishing imprint, Thomas & Mercer, which is in the mystery and thriller category, the others being Montlake Romance, AmazonEncore, AmazonCrossing, and The Domino Project.

Click here for more on this.

Simon & Schuster in India

May 20, 2011 2 comments

This from Publisher’s Marketplace: Simon & Schuster has created a New Delhi-based sales, marketing and publishing company, Simon & Schuster India. The company’s exclusive sales agent on the subcontinent Rahul Srivastava will run the new unit locally as director of sales and marketing, reporting to S&S UK executive director Kerr MacRae. HarperCollins India will handle fulfillment and distribution, with “operations expected to commence August 1.” Inventory will come mostly from S&S UK, and they will offer titles from all of S&S’s divisions worldwide and distribution clients.

The 2011 Pure Travel Writing Competition

If you have an interesting travel related story which you can tell in 350-750 words, here’s your chance to make some money off of it. Up to US $1500. Send your entry to, with your name, e-mail and telephone number by Monday 31st October 2011.

Click here  for details.

Davidar Returns to India

David Davidar, the man who, as head of Penguin India, took Indian publishing to new heights, is back. He is setting up the Aleph Book Company in collaboration with Rupa, India. Stay tuned.

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South Asian Literature Prize

Prize is US $50,000. Deadline May 15, 2011. Books pertaining to the South Asian region should have been published between Jan 1, 2010 and Dec 31, 2010. Click here for details.

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