BookBaby president Brian Felsen interviewed Constance Hale, an American writer based in Oakland, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her journalism has appeared in metropolitan newspapers and national magazines, but she is best known for her books on language: Sin and Syntax and Wired Style. In this clip, Hale talks about the rigorous, 7-step self-editing process she goes through with every piece before showing her work to editors, writing groups, or trusted friends.

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BookBaby president Brian Felsen recently interviewed editor Jody Rein and agent Katharine Sands. Sands, a literary agent in New York City, recently published Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye. Katharine has been guest speaker on writing and publishing topics for The American Society of Journalists and Authors and The New York State Council on the Arts, and was a faculty member at the 2006 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop.

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At this year's LA Times Festival of Books, CD Baby president Brian Felsen interviewed David Ebershoff, an American-born writer, editor, and teacher. His second novel, Pasadena, was published in 2002 and was a New York Times bestseller. His third novel, The 19th Wife, published in 2009, was an international bestseller. In this clip, Ebershoff talks about how the internet age has expanded the pool of influential reviewers and opened authors up to new opportunities to promote and discuss their work.

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At this year's LA Times Festival of Books, CD Baby president Brian Felsen interviewed Janet Fitch. Janet Fitch is most famously known as the author of the Oprah's Book Club novel White Oleander.  She is a faculty member in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California where she teaches fiction. In this clip, Fitch talks about her belief that truth can be found in dependent clauses, and that by slowing down to explore them she is able to flesh out crucial moments in the story that she might have otherwise passed by.

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In this clip, BookBaby president Brian Felsen speaks with New York Times best-selling author (and generous soul) CJ Lyons about book promotion methods that won't drain your creative energy, how to invite your readers into the process, and a few tips you can try in your next email newsletter. Check out the whole interview from the Frankfurt Book Fair below...

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In this video clip, BookBaby president Brian Felsen interviews award-winning poet and editor Matthew Zapruder about the place of poetry in the internet age, and how the experience of hearing and reading poetry will become more meaningful in our lives even as the internet (as an "enemy of the kind of consciousness that poems can produce") creates a greater distance between the space of poetry and the rest of life.

As Wallace Stevens said, "The role of the poet is to help people live their lives." As our lives become more anxious and distract-able, we're going to need more and more help.

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Ever wondered how to get your poems and short stories published in influential literary journals?

Poet Joan Gelfand talks with BookBaby president Brian Felsen at the San Francisco Writers Conference about a tested publication strategy: starting with small academic journals and reviews, sending out a bunch of submissions and "seeing what sticks." Once you have a modest publication history with smaller journals,...

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