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Publisher’s Anatomy 101: How to Write a Good Query Letter

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Publisher’s Anatomy 101: How to Write a Good Query Letter

By: Mike Shymanski Everyone knows that making a first impression is essential, but in book publishing, it may be the only one you get. Queries are the first form of contact between an unagented author and a publisher, and nailing this letter may put you in the next rounds of consideration for publication. There are many pitfalls a writer can make in these query letters, so hitting the major points in a concise format will catch the editor’s eye—and probably their appreciation too. The Basic Mold We’ve outlined the four primary steps for a successful query letter below.  Background: Start...

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Four Ways to Support Small Business This Holiday Season

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Four Ways to Support Small Business This Holiday Season

  Like most things in 2020, holiday shopping is different this year. Small businesses need your support to ensure they are able to serve their communities into the future. At Overcup, we're working to build a catalog of titles that will support our community of readers through the coming years with a diverse range of titles. There are many ways to support local bookstores and shops in the coming weeks. Below are a few ways you can #shopsmall and #shoplocal this year. 1. Find your local independent bookstore here. There are maps for each region of the U.S. and a map...

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Five Great Science Reads We Actually Recommend For Science Haters!

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Five Great Science Reads We Actually Recommend For Science Haters!

By McKenna Freiss Are you someone who enjoys the idea of science but can’t seem to wrap your head around it? Was science your worst subject in school? Do you skip over the science/non-fiction section when you’re browsing in a bookshop? Don’t worry. We understand, and we’re here to provide you with a list of science books that even the biggest science haters can get behind. These five books are sure to educate in a way that is way more entertaining than your 9th grade science class.  THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT: AND OTHER CLINICAL TALES...

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Take a Vacation From Home with These 5 Books

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Take a Vacation From Home with These 5 Books

Written by Alexandria Gonzales   If you’re anything like us, you  haven’t been out of the house for a long time. While it is unfortunate we can’t travel over the holiday season, here are some books that you can read to take a vacation right from your home.  Volcanoes, Palm Tree, and Privilege: Essays on Hawai’i by Liz Prato (Overcup Press, 2019)  Take a trip to Hawai’i with this essay collection exploring what it means to be a white tourist in a seemingly paradisiacal land that has been formed, and largely destroyed, by white outsiders. Hawaiian history, pop culture, and...

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8 Independent Presses We Love

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8 Independent Presses We Love

Written by: Mike Shymanski   It’s fairly easy to buy books from big publishing houses or their lesser-known imprints. It’s certainly harder to find titles not from the behemoths of publishing (known as the Big 5), and while buying from indie presses may feel difficult or hipstery, these small presses are pushing conventions, taking risks, and playing larger roles in your immediate communities. Being an independent press ourselves, we know the playing field and its publishing parties. Here are a few of our staff favorites who comprise our competitors, colleagues, and our friends. Forest Avenue Press A fairly young press, Forest...

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