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5 Lessons from J. K. Rowling on Writing and Life

J. K. Rowling is an author who’s experienced great success—but also failure. Years before her Harry Potter series became an international sensation, she was “as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless.” Even after the…
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Natalie Baszile quote Want more writing wisdom from authors? Check out our Author Interviews.
Natalie Baszile quote: "When I get too bogged down with the daily chore of living, my life feels brothy as opposed to chunky and textured . . ."
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How to Upload a New Draft of Your Book Project on Book Country

The purpose of exchanging peer reviews on Book Country is to make each other’s books better together. Eventually, the feedback that you’ve received on and off the site will help improve your work in meaningful ways and get you to the next step in your…
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Domenica Ruta quote: "Humor is a real emotion..."

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Domenica Ruta quote: "Humor is a real emotion, one of the hardiest and most resilient in the human consciousness." Writing inspiration on Book Country.
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6 Takeaways from the PNWA 2015 Conference

It was a great weekend at the PNWA 2015 Conference in Seattle, talking with agents, editors, and writers about Book Country, social media, and the publishing process. (PNWA stands for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.) I want to share these six…
Book Country Director Lucy Silag shares 6 takeaways from the PNWA 2015 Conference in Seattle.
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Patrick Rothfuss quote: “All stories are true. Looking for more writing inspiration? Check out our Pinterest boards.“
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Romance Awareness Month: 5 Romance Projects to Read on Book Country

August is Romance Awareness Month! What better way to mark the occasion than by immersing yourself in a great love story? Here, we’ve highlighted five must-read Book Country romance manuscripts for you to peruse and enjoy.  * What the Earl Wants by…
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What 10 Landmark Books Taught Me About Writing

Knowing your book’s category is essential to finding an audience. That’s why we created the Genre Map, a visual representation of all literary categories on Book Country. For every category, we carefully curated a selection of Landmark Books, titles that…
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How to Host a Successful Live Facebook Q&A

One of the advantages of having a Facebook Page is that you can host a Live Q&A for your fans. It’s easier to set up and moderate than a Twitter chat, and you can get some great engagement out of it. All you have to do is to post a status inviting your…
Follow these steps to host a successful Live Facebook Q&A and engage your readers.
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Today we’d like to introduce you to ten of the most active and accomplished members of Book Country. The list ranges from bestselling authors to aspiring writers whose book projects have garnered praise from their peers on the site, and it represents the…
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How Authors Can Dramatically Grow Their Email Lists

Do you spend a lot of time promoting your book on social media but feel like it hasn’t reaped the results that you were hoping for? It may be time to focus on building an email newsletter following instead. Stand Out author Dorie Clark thinks that…
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Meet Book Country at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference 2015!

Will we see you at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference 2015? Let us know on the Book Country Discussion Boards! Curious about how Book Country helps writers write their best books? Download our FREE white paper, “Treat Your Book Like a…
Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2015 Conference sessions include "Treat Your Book Like a Start-Up" + "The Author Platform: Social Media Dos & Don'ts."
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Introduction
What is Book Country?
Book Country is a supportive writing and publishing online community. At Book Country, writers can find and connect to writers just like them, workshop their manuscripts, learn about the craft of writing and the business of publishing, and build their first audience as they prepare to publish their books. 

Writers interested in traditional publishing have found that Book Country is a great place to get discovered as they polish their manuscripts. Writers interested in self-publishing appreciate they can publish their finished manuscripts through Book Country with the click of a button and distribute their eBooks to all major retailers. 

Writers have choices. We believe that the support of a community helps writers make the best decisions for their books. 

What can I find on Book Country? 
Connections: We believe that the support of a community is an essential element in the writing and publishing process. You can connect with writers who are just like you. You can build your first audience and create a network of supportive people who want you to succeed. When you connect to another Book Country member, you can send private messages to further your conversation. 

Genre Map: We understand that it's hard to figure out what you're writing. We created the Genre Map to help you visualize the different literary categories. Clicking into the category that interests you will give you a description of that category, any sub categories (for example: Contemporary Romance writers will find their subgenre under Romance), the category's must-read books, books in that category by other Book Country writers, and discussions about that category. 

Peer Review: You can post your manuscript in the Peer Review community in order to gain valuable feedback from other writers. Because we believe in the importance of community, you must give a review in order to receive one. Peer Review is a great way to build your first audience. 

Forum Discussions: This online community allows you to connect with readers, writers, and published authors from around the world. You can share ideas, learn about the publishing industry, and learn more about your genre. 

Publish: With a variety of services available, including a free option, we want you to be able to put your book on the map. We make it easy for you to move from our Peer Review with your polished manuscript to our Publish section where you can publish once and distribute everywhere with the click of a button. 

What literary categories are available for workshop and critique? 
We chose the 60+ literary categories on the Genre Map because we believed that these categories are the ones whose writers could benefit the most from writing and publishing within a community. 

What if I don't see my literary category? 
We expect the literary categories on the Genre Map to remain fluid as new ones emerge and others fall out of fashion. If there's a literary category you'd like to see, please contact us at support@bookcountry.com.

Does it cost money to become a member?
No, joining Book Country is absolutely free.

How do I become a member of Book Country?
That's easy! Click here!

Will Penguin editors be reading my manuscript?
Although Penguin editors and other staff members may choose to occasionally participate in the community (just as staff members from any publishing house could participate if they want to), Book Country is not a channel for the submission of unsolicited manuscripts to Penguin editors.

Is my book safe from plagiarism on the Book Country site?
We’re very concerned with protecting your work and have taken numerous steps to make it very difficult for someone to copy or distribute your material. Within the Reader we have disabled both the “right click” and the “copy and paste” functionality. Additionally, you cannot print from within the Reader or download the material. But even our best efforts probably won’t stop someone who is absolutely determined to plagiarize someone else’s work.