Jul 22, 2014
How To Write A Great Query Letter
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How To Write A Great Query Letter

A few months ago, I started “The Query Seal’s Den” blog to show potential authors how not to write a query letter. I like showing real examples of what not to do. Today, I’ve decided to list the things that make a great query....
Jul 09, 2014
To Make A Book: Blog
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To Make A Book: Blog

To Make a Book By Stefanie Brook Trout, Ice Cube Press Intern, editor Prairie Gold: Anthology of the Heartland   I grew up in Western Michigan, the youngest of three daughters. We didn’t have a lot of money for extras, but my mom could never say no if my sisters...
Apr 13, 2014
Editing an Anthology: A Year in Review
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Editing an Anthology: A Year in Review

Shortly after Steve brought me on as an intern to Ice Cube Press, I tapped into my natural audacity and floated the book proposal that would become Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland to Steve Semken, my ever-cheerful boss. Despite my lack of former...
Mar 03, 2014
New Blog Series Coming Soon!
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New Blog Series Coming Soon!

Coming soon: Intern Jenni Moy will be begin a query consultation blog series called “The Query Seal’s Den: Thoughts, Advice, and Help with Query Letters.” She will be critiquing queries made up by the press. No queries sent to Ice Cube Press will appear...
Jan 23, 2014
Why I Choose Publishing: Elizabeth Stranahan
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Why I Choose Publishing: Elizabeth Stranahan

It is not unusual for teen girls to hold obsessions. Boy bands, Disney channel stars, the occasional young wizard in training, they all work their ways into our hearts at a moment when such adoration feels new and exciting and—often melodramatically—all consuming. My seventeen-year-old...
Nov 11, 2013
Another Shortlist of Fundamental Publishing Tips
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Another Shortlist of Fundamental Publishing Tips

I’ve been meaning to zip off a blog post recently, and I thought some more thoughts about successfully submitting to a publisher would be appropriate. For the first couple of pointers on the subject, check out the first blog here . While my colleague makes...
Oct 23, 2013
How To Write A Good Book
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How To Write A Good Book

I’m really grateful for my internship at Ice Cube Press. I’ve gained more experience from working here for the past few months than from most of the college classes I have taken for the past three years. One of my duties is to read...
Aug 20, 2013
Project Collaboration: A Story of Love and Disappointment
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Project Collaboration: A Story of Love and Disappointment

When I started as an English major at University of Pittsburgh, I found myself constantly banging my head against the wall trying to scratch out “great stories.” For anyone who may not know, Pitt possesses a wonderful English department with many very talented professors,...
Aug 13, 2013
Writing A Series
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Writing A Series

If you’re like me, then you spend an hour a day creeping on writing forums. Not too long ago, I stumbled upon a forum question asking how long it took to write a book. I was surprise to read that most people finished writing...
Jul 07, 2013
Fundamental Publishing Tips for Writers
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Fundamental Publishing Tips for Writers

When I began writing back in my early years of high school, I imagined that all established authors spent their days writing and their nights partying. I imagined plenty of alcohol and smoking by men in fedoras. I pictured high unwieldy stacks of paper...