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News from Book Country Director Lucy Silag

Today I have some bittersweet news to share with the Book Country community: I’m leaving my role as Book Country Director and moving to a new position inside Penguin Random House, as Assistant Director of Publicity at Random House. As you might know, my…
Book Country Director Lucy Silag is transitioning to a new role in publicity at Random House.
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Thanks for all of your excellent work, +Lucy Silag! Best of luck in your awesome new position! =]
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Thank you for writing with us!

It’s been another exciting year in the Book Country community, with members writing thousands of new words, completing their WIPs, reaching revision milestones, winning National Novel Writing Month, publishing, and plotting sequels. The community has…
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Ways to "Put Yourself Out There" as a Writer

Was there ever a more generic piece of advice to writers than “put yourself out there”? I hear this constantly, and yes, I often say it myself. It’s worth investigating what it really means to “put yourself out there as a writer.” Which writers are…
It's worth investigating what it really means to "put yourself out there" as a writer. What does that look like?
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It seems like a great time of year to give a big thanks to our community members who’ve taken the time to write guest posts for the Book Country blog. Book Country members have shared incredible insights on writing and publishing with us over the years.…
On the Book Country blog, members have shared incredible insights on writing and publishing with us over the years. Here's a roundup of member guest posts.
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We’ve been making progress on Book Country improvement projects. As you likely already noticed, the discussion boards now include member avatars alongside posts. (Click through the image to the discussion board to see how it looks on the site.)
Learn more about Book Country improvement projects, including updates to the discussion boards, your dashboard, and your logged-in homepage.
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A Day in the Life of a Writer: Jackie Copleton

It’s so much fun to spend a day with Scottish writer Jackie Copleton, whose debut historical novel A DICTIONARY OF MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING comes out today from Penguin Books. The novel deals with the aftermath of the bombing of Nagasaki at the end of World…
It’s so much fun to spend a day with Scottish writer Jackie Copleton, whose debut historical novel A DICTIONARY OF MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING comes out today from Penguin Books. The novel deals with the aftermath of the bombing of Nagasaki at the end of World War II, and is a story of family secrets, romance, and reconnection. DICTIONARY …
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What Are Your 2016 Writing Resolutions?

Quick, while the new year is still fresh: It’s time to make your 2016 writing resolutions! What’s that? You haven’t made a writing resolution for the new year yet? If not, here are some ideas: Finish a draft of my novel. Workshop my novel on Book Country.…
Whether or not you've given it a lot of thought yet, share your 2016 writing resolutions on Book Country. Here's to writing together in the year ahead!
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How to Take Perfect Social Media Profile Photos

A picture is said to speak a thousand words, and determining the best visual to use for your social media profiles can be a daunting task. Below, book marketing and publicity experts share tips and best practices to help writers and authors literally put…
Book marketing and publicity experts offer tips + tricks for helping writers put their best face forward with their social media profile photos.
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Book Country Was Featured on LinkedIn Pulse

Over the weekend, an essay I wrote about Book Country and the benefits of online workshopping for writers called “Emerging Writers: Treat Your Book Like a Start-Up” was featured on LinkedIn’s Pulse blog. Check it out here! You can also download an…
Book Country and the benefits of online workshopping for writers were featured on LinkedIn's Pulse blog.
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The Penguin Hotline

As writers, we all know how important it is to support other writers by buying and sharing each other’s work. And with Penguin Random House’s #GiveaBook program, there’s a lot of good you can do by giving books as gifts this holiday season. But what book…
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Book Country will be at the San Francisco Writers Conference 2016!

We’re excited to announce that Book Country will be returning to the San Francisco Writers Conference in February 2016! What: One of the best writers’ conferences in the country, with authors, agents, editors, and other publishing industry professionals…
Book Country will be at the San Francisco Writers Conference ! Join us Thursday, February 11th-Sunday, February 14th, 2016 (Presidents' Day Weekend).
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#GiveaBook and Benefit Literacy for Kids!

Have Book Country writers heard about the #GiveaBook campaign? For every use of the hashtag #GiveaBook on Facebook and Twitter from now until 11:59pm on December 24th, 2015, Penguin Random House will donate a book to First Book, a charity that helps…
For every use of the hashtag #GiveaBook on Facebook and Twitter, Penguin Random House will donate a book to First Book.
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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.