Karen Dionne

Paging Book Lovers: Dedicated Authors Keep Libraries Afloat

For public libraries, it's the best of times and the worst of times: Usage is skyrocketing, but budgets are being slashed. What to do? A few thriller authors are stepping in -- and using their time and fame to help keep their favorite libraries afloat.

Literary Speed Dating: How Not to Find an Agent

Pitch sessions are a staple at most writers conferences, offering authors the opportunity to sit down face-to-face with a literary agents to talk about their projects. But while they make lots of money for conference organizers, they aren't the best path to getting a book published.

Foreign Rights: How Authors Tap a Rich Vein of Royalties

Many writers are discovering the wonders (and extensive rewards) of self-publishing, but there are still places where professional representation can be be well worth the trouble. The confusing but often lucrative world of international sales is an example.

Listening to Literature: An Author Talks About Audiobooks

The quality of an audiobook truly hinges on its narrator. The best ones use their voice talents and training to deliver the feeling behind the author's intent. Here, a writer explains what goes into audiobooks -- and why they can boost an author's audience.