Non-Writing Tips for Getting Published

Have you been grinding away at your novel for years? Maybe you’ve got a great book in you but don’t know where to take it? Or perhaps publishing a book is the next step to establishing your expertise in your field. Creative Capital is launching a brand new workshop this month for artists seeking publishing strategies. Join us for Storyselling: The Secrets of Successful Book Proposals at Creative Capital’s office in Downtown Manhattan on September 30, 6:15-9:15pm for an intensive “how-to” on getting your words out there.  The experienced editor, author, and workshop leader Victoria Rowan offers the tips below for aspiring authors. 

Victoria Rowan

Victoria Rowan at the Ideasmyth Event “Monogamy Memoirists Meet their Match,” displaying all the finished products of our the Ideasmyth Family

Here’s the good news: Over my 30+ years of working as an editor or writing coach to all types of creative professionals, I have personally witnessed that anyone who really wants to be a published writer will succeed.

The reason why so many people fail is that they aren’t aware of some of these essential non-writing tips: Continue reading

Podcast: Working with Publishers and Developing a Publishing Strategy

At our 2013 Artist Orientation Weekend, Creative Capital Literature Consultant Ethan Nosowsky led a focus session entitled “Working with Publishers and Developing a Publishing Strategy.” It offers general advice for artists in all disciplines who will be working with a publisher and outlines key moments in the publication timeline.

LISTEN: Working with Publishers and Developing a Publishing Strategy
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Ethan NosowskyAbout Ethan Nosowsky
Ethan Nosowsky is Editorial Director at Graywolf Press and Literature Consultant for Creative Capital. He began his career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, served as Graywolf’s editor-at-large from 2007–2011, and was most recently Editorial Director at McSweeney’s. He has edited books by Jeffery Renard Allen, Emily Barton, Elias Canetti, Geoff Dyer, Stephen Elliott, John Haskell, J. Robert Lennon and Isaac Bashevis Singer, among many others. He has taught in the Creative Writing program at Columbia University and has written for Bookforum, the San Francisco Chronicle and Threepenny Review.

Want to learn more from Ethan? Attend his webinar “Applying for Grants & Residencies: Strategies for Writers” on Monday, June 17 at 7:00pm EST.

The Journey From PDF to Book: How To Find the Best E-Publishing Service

eteam, Buzz Cut

Our friends at Eyebeam asked alums eteam (2009 Emerging Fields) to write a blog post detailing their experiences with e-book publishing. We wanted to repost their findings here to help others who may be going through their own research process.

In the beginning it seemed so easy, or at least so much easier than editing a video. Easier in terms of technological and space requirements. But as it is with pretty much everything we do, things don’t turn out the way they appear at first. And writing a book was no different. Instead of three weeks, it took three months for a pocket book of 58 pages to be written, composed and finally printed.

And this is where video and printing share very similar qualities. Getting the digital file from our editing tool into a “permanent” form was equally challenging for print as it was for video, with it’s codecs, frame sizes and output formats. So when we finally thought, “that’s it, just make a pdf and send it off to the printer,” we were faced with reconciling our vision for the book with the limitations of our default print-on-demand choice, LULU. We have no idea why we only thought of LULU initially, but we had used its service before and were satisfied with its result. Only this time we weren’t looking for bright white pages and optimum color reproductions, but for a simple pocket book in a paperback format, 5″ x 8″ with black text and b/w images, on off-white, natural or cream paper, perfect bound. Nothing fancy, just the basics. Continue reading