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How to Promote the &%?*#! Out of Your Book

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If you're about to publish a book -- fiction or nonfiction -- you've probably got questions about how to best get the word out. Your publicist will handle some of the tasks, but what can you do on your own?

I'll be offering my seminar "Guerrilla Book Promotion" this Friday, June 7th, 10:30am-1:30pm at Grub Street (Space still available!)

June 4, 2013 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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Treasure or Junk? Notes from a Muse Past

A0429This weekend, while the sun was shining and the birds chirping, I was not outside. I was knee deep in the dust and junk in my office, looking for some old family photos for my new website.

May 2, 2013 | Katrin Schumann

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Thinking Like a Photographer

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[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Claire Cheney

When I'm stuck in my writing, I take pictures.

The past two weeks have been difficult, as I'm sure they have been for anyone living here in Boston—from being told to 'shelter in place' to being bombarded with story after story about the bombing and subsequent 102-hour man-hunt that shook our city to its core

April 30, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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How To Hook 'Em In The First Graf

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[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

By Ethan Gilsdorf

Here in the mysterious Non-Fiction Career Lab, located on a secret floating island in Boston Harbor, where we are hatching story ideas and essays, articles and op-eds, book proposals and pitch letters, we have become adept at one thing: hooking the reader.

April 2, 2013 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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Would We Lie To You? From Couplet to Byline: How Nonfiction Writers and Poets Can Learn from Each Other

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[Another entry in the on-going blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

By Rebecca Givens Rolland

I've been writing poetry for as long as I can remember, drawn in by the chance to get lost in language, to find just the right balance of silence and words.

Nonfiction, I've come to realize, is an entirely different beast.

When I enrolled in Grub Street's Nonfiction Career Lab, I wondered what it would do for my writing practice, this nosedive into a genre that, aside from pages and pages of lyrical-essay musings, was almost ...

February 19, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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