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What Does it Really Mean to Work "Collaboratively" on Writing Projects?

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By Katrin Schumann

Back in London when I was a teenager, I knew a boy who was very tall, very handsome, and very shy. He always had a camera slung around his neck. I haven’t seen him in over 30 years. 

Not surprisingly, Dean became a film director and fashion photographer, and travels the world shooting the likes of Bradley Cooper, David Beckham, Katie Perry… and so on

March 2, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

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How to Successfully Screw Up Your Search for a Literary Agent

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By Katrin Schumann

There’s so much helpful information out there about getting an agent. Spend a few hours trawling sites and you’ll have a good sense of the do’s and don’ts. But there’s enough conflicting advice that at some point you're likely to start fretting or freaking out about your approach. So I thought I’d make it easier for everyone by explaining it the other way round: How to fail.

February 3, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

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Should You Care About the Word Count of Your Work-in-Progress?

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By Katrin Schumann

When your manuscript lands on the desk of a publisher, literary agent or developmental editor, it’s instantly sized up. Before delving in, they assess the work by glancing at:

1)    the book's premise 

2)    who you are

3)    what the writing is like

4)    the total word count

January 6, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

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Hanging on the Telephone

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By Katrin Schumann


I'm in the phonebooth, it's the one across the hall

If you don't answer I'll just ring it off the wall


We all know what it feels like to be waiting for someone to get back to us. We've put ourselves out there, and now we're dying to hear what they think. Over Thanksgiving, I advised my 20-year-old daughter to take the leap and contact a boy she likes rather than waiting around for him to reach out to her

December 3, 2015 | Katrin Schumann

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How to be a Successful Novelist in 38 Easy Steps

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By Katrin Schumann

At a party recently, a friend’s eyes glazed over as I began explaining how novelists get from idea to published book. I quickly realized that not only was this conversation exceedingly boring to her, but that most people have no idea just how convoluted and long the road to publishing can be, especially if you go the traditional route. She seemed to think there were three easy steps: 1) idea for book => 2) write book => 3) find publishing house. Hey presto.

November 4, 2015 | Katrin Schumann

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