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Books We Love

December 17, 2014 • No Comments

In a shocking twist, book lovers are as fanatical about giving books as they are about reading them. While some people tailor their gift titles to each individual recipient, others have go-to books that fit…

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Jacket Design: The Happiest People in the World

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Readers often wonder about the behind-the-scenes aspects of book publishing, and jacket design can seem especially mysterious. Today, Creative Director Anne Winslow explains the creative process behind the jacket for Brock Clarke’s  The Happiest People…

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October 30, 2014 rejected

Rejections, Part 2: Don’t Give Up

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No matter how you look at it, getting a rejection letter can take the wind out of your sails. It can be hard to keep going, or know what to do next. When it comes…

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Dinner Is On The House with Bill Roorbach

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Because authors are basically paid to put words in the mouths of other (often non-existent) people, it seems perfectly reasonable that Bill Roorbach held an imaginary dinner party to celebrate his upcoming novel, The Remedy …

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A Sense of Place: Writers at Work

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For many authors, where they write can make or break what they write. Today, Lin Enger, author of the historical novel The High Divide… (in book stores now—wink wink, nudge nudge) explains the (very small)

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The Books of Summer

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As we head into the unofficial end of summer with Labor Day weekend, we wondered about which books captured our authors’ attention during the dog days.
“My favorite book of the summer was James Salter’s…

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August 14, 2014 onthehouse

A Dialogue on Dialogue

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In this high-wire act of derring-do and ersatz dialogue, senior editor Kathy Pories and executive editor Chuck Adams discuss one of the most challenging aspects of craft.

Kathy: “Nice weather we’re having. Aren’t you sick…

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July 31, 2014 onthehouse

The Quotable Algonkian, Part 2: Summer Slump Edition

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Algonquin authors, a spectacularly talented lot, are also exceptionally generous with their hard-earned writing advice. During the dog days of summer, even the most dedicated writer’s momentum can stall, so we’ve compiled another installment of…

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Manuscripts

2 Comments July 17, 2014 • 2 Comments

When writers submit their projects for possible publication, it can feel like all of that hard work has been sucked into a black hole, especially if the response is ultimately a rejection. Having your project…

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July 2, 2014

Inspiration and the Eighties Anthem

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Imagine, if you would, a writer. Let’s put him in his car. He’s listening to the radio. (Kickin’ it old school, as it were.) Actually, he’s only half-listening, because really he’s thinking about deadlines. And lunch. And…

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