Literary Devices Part I (Sound)

Recently, we published a post on how studying poetry can make you a better prose writer. In it, I discussed a number of literary devices that I first encountered during my undergraduate studies in poetry writing. Learning about techniques commonly used in poetry has a great influence on my creative life in the years since,… Read more »

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How Studying Poetry Made Me a Better Writer

I consider myself a prose writer, which makes sense given that I write exclusively in prose these days. But this wasn’t always the case — for a long time I wrote poetry, and was considered a poet. About half the lit classes I took in college focused on poetry, I graduated from my school’s creative… Read more »

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What is the Difference Between Copyediting and Line Editing?

Many authors don’t fully grasp the difference between a line edit and a copyedit. There are some similarities between the two: both pay detailed attention to your use of language, and involve mark-up on the pages of your manuscript. But make no mistake, these are two completely different processes, handled by professionals with different skill sets,… Read more »

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Author Interview: From “Unsalable” to Book Deal

Alex Brunkhorst had been working on her manuscript for a long time when a well-known literary agent called it unsalable. It was a crushing assessment from someone so experienced. Alex considered abandoning the book for good, when she happened to bump into a friend who convinced her to try working with NY Book Editors. She spent the next four… Read more »

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Book Genre: What Is Your Manuscript?

Knowing what genre your manuscript falls into is important for more reasons than just to be technically correct. Being aware of your genre can help you contextualize your story, help you see where your book falls in a literary lineage, give you fresh perspective on development, and provide you with new directions from which you… Read more »

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Which Rights Will I Sign Away With a Book Deal?

Publishing Deal

Despite the rise of self-publishing, many aspiring authors still have a more traditional goal in mind – to land a good old-fashioned book deal with one of the major publishing houses. But what is this near-mythic prize known as a book deal, exactly?

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing The Perfect Query Letter

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The first step in securing an agent’s interest is to write a knockout query letter. A query gives an agent a sense of whether your work is likely to be up their alley, and essentially doubles as an indicator of your ability to construct decent prose…

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Why Your Freelance Editor (Probably) Won’t Recommend An Agent

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One of the most common questions we receive at NY Book Editors is whether our editors will refer the authors they work with to literary agents. This question isn’t particular to NYBE of course; nearly all freelance editors are asked this at one point or another. And nearly always, the answer is…

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