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Film Agent Steve Fisher on Jack Reacher

  Salt Cay Writers Retreat faculty member Steve Fisher, Vice President of the Agency for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, recently talked to Karen Dionne about his  job as a film agent, what he looks for when considering a book's film potential, and why he's looking forward to teaching at the Salt Cay Writers Retreat.   What part of being a film agent do you most enjoy? The most enjoyable part of my job unquestionably is interacting with creative ...

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Key Questions for a Standout Book Cover by Deanna Dionne

In a bookstore, shoppers feel at home, walking up and down the aisles filled with hundreds of books, perhaps with a coffee in hand. They take their time, looking at each book cover as if in a gallery. You’re not in a traditional bookstore. In the fast-paced world of digital publishing, users demand instant gratification. They swipe, click, tap, and some barely spend 3-5 seconds looking at a page of book results, let alone one thumbnail. It is now more important ...

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From Good to Great: What Editors Do for Authors by Karen Dionne

In all the talk about self-publishing, one thing you don't often hear discussed is the role of editors. I'm not talking about the editor an author might hire to vet their work prior to publishing it themselves; I'm talking about editors at major publishing houses. Talented, hardworking editors who have a very personal stake in their authors' novels -- not only because they've fallen in love with the author's story and have gone on to acquire it for their publishing ...

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Why Literary Agents Attend Writers Conferences (It’s Not What You Think) by Karen Dionne

As co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, I’ve been organizing the Backspace Writers Conferences held twice-annually in New York City for the past 9 years. Recently a writer who is considering attending Backspace’s newest offering, the Salt Cay Writers Retreat taking place this October on a private island in the Bahamas, wondered how we’re able to assemble such a high-level group of bestselling authors, editors, and agents for a week-long ...