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Ask a Literary Agent: Carly Watters Answers Your Questions!

We are so happy to have Carly Watters on the Book Country blog! Carly is a VP and senior literary agent with the P.S. Literary Agency. Her bestselling and debut authors include Rebecca Phillips, Danny Appleby, and Book Country member Andrea Dunlop. Carly…
Literary agent Carly Watters offers advice on how to get your name and book out there and what to do if you've already self-published a book and are seeking representation.
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New Editor's Picks on Book Country!

We’ve selected ten new manuscripts to be featured in the Editor’s Picks section on the Read and Review page. Check them out and leave a review!
We’ve selected ten new manuscripts to be featured in the Editor’s Picks section on the Read and Review page. Check them out and leave a review!
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Ten Awesome Authors to Follow on Tumblr!

Twitter: 140 character updates. Facebook: your grandmother’s 80th birthday. Tumblr: anything and everything! Tumblr is a microblogging website where users post things like GIFs of their favorite TV scenes and thousand-word essays comparing the 15th…
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Interview with Aisha Saeed, Author of WRITTEN IN THE STARS

 Aisha Saeed is the author of WRITTEN IN THE STARS, which is published by Nancy Paulsen Books. Aisha is also co-founder and Vice President of Strategy of We Need Diverse Books. In WRITTEN IN THE STARS Naila, a smart Pakistani-American high school senior,…
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Read and Review Top Rated Books on Book Country

Check out Book Country’s highly rated books on the Read and Review page!                                            
Check out Book Country's highly rated books on the Read and Review page!
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Member Spotlight: Meet Valerie Emmerich

We’re happy to have Valerie Emmerich on the Book Country blog! Valerie is currently workshopping a literary fiction novel titled A ROOM TO SPARE, which was a December Editor’s Pick. Valerie shares how she developed the idea for A ROOM TO SPARE and advice…
Meet Book Country member Valerie Emmerich! Valerie shares how she developed the idea for A ROOM TO SPARE and advice for fleshing out characters.
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The #TwitterFiction Festival 2015 Start Next Week!

#TwitterFiction Festival will take place from May 11-15, 2015. During this time, writers from all over the world will live-stream unique and original stories to the “Twitterverse.” An incredible lineup of 22 authors–from Margaret Atwood to Jackie Collins…
#TwitterFiction Festival will take place from May 11-15, 2015. Writers like you are encouraged to join the fun and tweet your own stories, too, using the hashtag #TwitterFiction.
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Book Country at the Muse and the Marketplace 2015

Will you be at Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace 2015 Conference this weekend (Friday, May 1, 2015-Sunday, May 3, 2015)? Book Country is proud to be a Muse sponsor this year, and we’ll be hanging out in the exhibition area all weekend long, meeting…
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Check Out New Waiting to be Discovered Books on Book Country!

We’ve updated the Waiting to be Discovered section on the Read and Review page. Help fellow community members by leaving great reviews!
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The Importance of Diversity by Urban Fantasy Author Alis Franklin

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign started with a simple Twitter exchange between authors Ellen Oh and Malinda Lo about the lack of diversity in children’s literature on April 17, 2014. One year later, we’ve seen huge support on social media and in major…
Alis Franklin is the author of LIESMITH, a queer urban fantasy novel published by Hydra. Alis addresses the problem of underrepresentation of minorities in literature and what needs to be done to improve diversity in publishing.
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Q&A with Stephanie Chandler, Founder and CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association

Stephanie Chandler is the founder and CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association, a marketing community for writers. The 5th Annual Nonfiction Writers Conference begins May 6th, and the keynote speaker will be Julia Cameron, author of THE ARTIST’S…
Stephanie Chandler is the founder and CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association, a marketing community for writers. The 5th Annual Nonfiction Writers Conference begins May 6th.
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New Waiting to be Discovered Titles on Book Country

We’ve updated the Waiting to be Discovered section on the Read and Review page. Help fellow community members by leaving great reviews!
We've updated the Waiting to be Discovered section on the Read and Review page. Help fellow community members by leaving great reviews!
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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.