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5 Tips for Getting a Job in Book Publishing

You’ve always loved books. Maybe you’re the word nerd of your friend group, or maybe you’re an evangelist for your favorite sci-fi series—whatever the angle, you’ve decided you want to turn that love into a career, but you’re not sure know how to get your foot in the door. The usual career advice like setting up informational interviews and finding local networking groups is just as applicable to publishing as it is to most other industries, but here are...

I Want to Get My Book Published—Do I Really Need an Editor?

“Do I have to hire an editor?” is one of the most common questions I hear from unpublished authors, and as with so many questions, the answer is . . . it depends. Useful, I know, but authors come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, and what you’re planning to do with your manuscript makes all the difference in the world. The biggest determining factor is whether you’re planning to publish your book yourself or go the...

Persistence Is the Key to Success for Minnesota Author Lynn Garthwaite

Success can come in many forms, and everyone has a different key to reaching it. For some, it means getting out of bed before hitting snooze. Others don’t feel they’ve achieved success until they have changed the world. I recently had the opportunity to talk with local author and publisher Lynn Garthwaite about this topic, and she provided some great insight into her personal key to success: tenacity. Her story is a prime example of staying the course until...

What Is Weirdpunk Books? Meet Editors M. P. Johnson and Sam Richard

Local press Weirdpunk Books might have just made literary history: they managed to get a book published that features controversial personality G. G. Allin in various fantastic stories. They were able to make it using Kickstarter and it has been doing well as an indie-published book about a very, very niche personality. I was excited about every aspect of this project and it what it means for weird fiction, punk rock, and author crowdfunding, and I set up a...

Book Geek Bulletin: Fitzgerald, Fantasy, and Films

Welcome to a new regular feature where we round up what’s going on in the world of literary culture and books—both here in Minnesota and around the world. Local Lit The Strand literary magazine has published “Temperature,” a never-before-seen short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was discovered in his papers at Princeton University. You can buy the issue here. Fitzgerald’s former brownstone on St. Paul’s Summit Avenue has been for sale since June, if you have $650,000 lying around....

Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 2: The Silver Age of Comics

Previously:  “Rebooting the Black & White Past with KodaChrome Future, Part 1: The Golden Age of Comics” It would take nearly 20 years after the debut of Superman before the first black comic book main character was introduced. Still maintaining the “mysterious and noble savage” stereotype, Waku, Prince of the Bantu was featured in the omnibus, Jungle Tales, from Marvel Comics’s 1950’s predecessor Atlas Comics. The seven-issue series, Jungle Tales (Sept. 1954 – Sept. 1955), which introduced Marvel’s first African hero, was renamed and continued as Jann of...

Publication Mantra: Things to Tell Yourself on the Eve of a Book Release

My publisher, Blastgun Books, and I finally decided on a release date for my something of an opus science-fiction novel, Arcadian Gates. This has been a long road, full of the required ups and downs, and now is the time when I keep tell myself a few things to get through the countdown and time to follow. Whiskey isn’t a realistic solution to book release neurosis, so these thoughts will have to do. Don’t get me wrong, I love the book....

MN Tabletop Game Designers 2015 Preview

I am fortunate enough to know a lot of tabletop game designers and publishers, especially in the indie game community. These are people I talk to on an almost daily basis, thanks to podcasting and social media. So when I was trying to figure out a good topic to start writing about, I reached out to some of the people I know and asked them about their plans for early in 2015. These first two articles I write will...
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