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Finding an Agent: What No One Wants to Talk About by Arna Bontemps Hemenway

As a writer and professor of Creative Writing, what I get asked about most is finding an agent. I struggle to answer for a couple of reasons: namely, that there are only two things of worth I have to say on the matter of finding an agent, and because both…
Author Arna Bontemps Hemenway (ELEGY ON KINDERKLAVIER), shares hard truths about finding an agent for your book. When will you be ready to query an agent?
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Excellent writer of psychological horror short stories on Book Country! #writing
Meet Book Country member DJ Pizzarello! Read how DJ uses the feedback he receives on Book Country to improve his writing.
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How do agents handle all those submissions? Ask and find out! #writing  #publishing
This July, Book Country will host an "Ask an Agent" blog series! Submit any questions you would like to ask an agent in our discussion boards.
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Can being an immigrant feel like you're living in dystopia? Author Chang-rae Lee shares his views with Book Country. #WeNeedDiverseBooks
Chang-rae Lee, Award-winning author of ON SUCH A FULL SEA, shares the dystopian nature of immigrant fiction. #WeNeedDiverseBooks
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Whenever I design a cover—no matter what the subject—I ultimately want it to say one simple thing: “pick me.” - Great cover design tips from Dave Walker!
Get started designing a successful, powerful book cover with these book cover design tips from pro cover designer Dave Walker.
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We are happy to have BC member Sherrie Petersen on our blog! Sherrie shares the inspiration behind WISH YOU WEREN'T, and how rejection helped her write a stronger novel.
Book Country member Sherrie Petersen is the author of WISH YOU WEREN'T, a June Editor's Pick. Sherrie shares why she loves writing for middle graders.
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Welcome to Part I of Book Country's "Ask an Agent" blog series! Literary agent Lucy Carson answers questions about how agents find authors online and who writers should write for.
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David Whitaker is using Book Country to write and revise his excellent environmental thriller PARADOX. Read his full member spotlight -http://blog.bookcountry.com/david-whitaker/
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Today on the blog we are talking to Emanuel Xavier, the head of the Penguin Random House LGBT Network, about celebrating LGBT writing and publishing during Pride Month and beyond. ‪#‎WeNeedDiverseBooks‬

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Author Emanuel Xavier is the head of the Penguin Random House LGBT Network. We talk with him about LGBT writing and publishing.
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We have a free easy-to-use Cover Designer at Book Country! http://bit.ly/1lMQCLD
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Whenever I design a cover—no matter what the subject—I ultimately want it to say one simple thing: “pick me.” - Great cover design tips from Dave Walker!
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Excited to feature 10 new Top Rated books on Book Country! Check them out!
Ten new books featured in the Top Rated carousel on Book Country. Read and find out why these books left such a positive impression on readers!
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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.