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How to Build Your Platform and Land a Book Deal

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I had always wanted to write a book – and in 2009, I got serious about it. It took me two years to sign a contract and another two for my first book to come out (Reinventing You in 2013), but here’s what I learned in the process about how to build a strong platform and land a (nonfiction) book deal. I’m now on my second book, Stand Out, which was just released in April.

May 26, 2015 | Dorie Clark

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Novel Incubator Alum Louise Miller Signs with Pamela Dorman Books

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After completing the Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet in 2014, baker-turned-novelist Louise Miller recently announced that she secured a two-book deal with Pamela Dorman Books, an imprint of Viking/Penguin.

April 7, 2015 | Info

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Happily Ever After Indeed: A Grub Success Story

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Long, long ago in a United Kingdom far away, a thirteen-year-old girl (a thoroughly unpleasant age for all involved) prepared for a weeklong skiing holiday in Austria (as you do). She asked her mother, who was staying behind in London (already giddy with the prospect of solitude and books, books, books):

     “What will you DO while we’re away?”

July 31, 2014 | Ellen Herrick

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Five Stars: Shaping the Short Story Collection

Four books arrived in the mail last week.  I need new books because I’m going to spend Thanksgiving with my grandkids in California. Since I hate airplane travel, I never look forward to this biannual trip, although it does oblige me to sit still for five hours straight, the perfect opportunity to catch up on reading.  I slit the cellophane wrap with a kitchen knife and lift out the precious volumes chosen for Los Angeles, 2013.

November 18, 2013 | Alexandra Grabbe

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Schmoozing: The Writing Biz's Dirty Secret

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by Ethan Gilsdorf

[Another entry in the new monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

I am, at my core, an introvert. Socializing is not in my DNA. I never been particularly good at talking to strangers. This whole cocktail party persona is something I've had to work on.

October 16, 2013 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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