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First Time Authors Share Seven Things that Surprised Them After Selling Their Books

The traditional publishing process can be full of surprises for a first-time author. Here's what a few writers publishing in 2019 have learned since signing on the dotted line.

 

We make all sorts of assumptions about what it will be like to actually become published authors for the first time

August 1, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

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Books that Made You a Writer

In the "Books that Made You" series, we're taking a look at the books that made us who we are. This time, we asked you what book made you a writer. After scrutinizing our highly scientific social media poll, we present to you this non-exhaustive list of Grubbie-approved gateway reads.

 

Grub Instructor Britni de la Cretaz says Baseball Life Advice by Stacey May Fowles convinced her to dive into sports writing. “If she could write essays about her feelings and anxiety and domestic violence and tie it all back to baseball, so could I.”

 

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July 13, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

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Best Social Media Book Sites for Authors and Readers

For many of us book lovers, we love to keep track of books we've read and easily discover new books. We also love to talk about them, and to tell others about the books that really impacted us

June 14, 2018 | Crystal King

Books & Reading

Books that Made You a Reader

In the "Books that Made You" series, we're taking a look at the books that made us who we are. To kick off the series, we asked you what book made you a reader. After scrutinizing our highly scientific social media poll, we present to you this non-exhaustive list of Grubbie-approved gateway reads.

 

Because nobody can resist a listicle, we've listed the most popular titles in a crowd-pleasing top five countdown

June 12, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

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How Much Influence do Authors Have in Designing their Book Covers?

Book covers are supposed to draw readers in and convey the gist of a book. Bottom line: they're important. But how much say do traditionally published authors actually have in their book's cover design? 

 

We famously judge a book by its cover. Nabokov's dark and controversial book Lolita is a great example of how covers can mislead readers (see this New Yorker article)

June 6, 2018 | Katrin Schumann

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