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Resources on Writing and Publishing

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Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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    List Price: $19.00
    Format: Paperback, 352 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    ISBN13: 9780385491754
    Imprint: Main Street Books
    Publisher: Main Street Books
    Parent Company: Main Street Books
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    Book Description:
    A comprehensive and energizing guide, bursting with supportive topics: Finding Your Voice; Getting to Know Your Literary Ancestors; Gathering Material and Conducting Research; Tapping, Sweet, Bittersweet, and Joyful Memories. The guide also feature unforgettable excerpts from luminaries such as Maya Angelou, Brent Staples, Houston Baker, and pointers from bestselling African American authors E. Lynn Harris, James McBride, John Hope Franklin, Pearl Cleage, Edwidge Danticat, and many others. It is a uniquely nurturing and informative touchstone for affirming, bearing witness, leaving a legacy, and celebrating the remarkable journey of the self.

    Click for a larger image of Guide to Literary Agents 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

    Guide to Literary Agents 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published
    by Robert Lee Brewer

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      List Price: $29.99
      Format: Paperback, 336 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      ISBN13: 9781440354946
      Imprint: Writer’s Digest Books
      Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books
      Parent Company: F+W
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      Book Description:
      The Best Resource Available for Finding a Literary Agent!

      No matter what you’re writing—fiction or nonfiction, books for adults or children—you need a literary agent to get the best book deal possible from a traditional publisher. Guide to Literary Agents 2020 is your go-to resource for finding that literary agent and earning a contract from a reputable publisher. Along with listing information for more than 1,000 agents who represent writers and their books, the 29th edition of GLA includes:

      - The key elements of a successful nonfiction book proposal.
      - Informative articles on crafting the perfect synopsis and detailing what agents are looking for in the ideal client—written by actual literary agents.
      - Plus, a 30-Day Platform Challenge to help writers build their writing platforms
      +Includes 20 literary agents actively seeking writers and their writing.

      Click for a larger image of This Year You Write Your Novel

      This Year You Write Your Novel
      by Walter Mosley

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      List Price: $15.99
      Format: Paperback, 128 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      ISBN13: 9780316065498
      Imprint: Grand Central Publishing
      Publisher: Hachette Book Group
      Parent Company: Hachette Livre
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      Book Description:

      No more excuses. “Let the lawn get shaggy and the paint peel from the walls,” bestselling novelist Walter Mosley advises. Anyone can write a novel now, and in this essential book of tips, practical advice, and wisdom, Walter Mosley promises that the writer-in-waiting can finish it in one year. Mosley tells how to: - Create a daily writing regimen to fit any writer's needs—and how to stick to it. - Determine the narrative voice that's right for every writer's style. Get past those first challenging sentences and into the heart of a story.

      Intended as both inspiration and instruction, This Year You Write Your Novel provides the tools to turn out a first draft painlessly and then revise it into something finer.

      Also check out The Elements of Fiction, also by Walter Mosley

      All About eBooks learn about this important development, which promises to change the entire publishing industry!

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