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My name is Ralph Gallagher. I'm an editor with Charles River Press, and Captiva Press. I also work as a line editor for MLR press and it's imprints Passion in Print and Featherweight Publishing.

Under my pen name, William Cooper, I have published four books.
With Dreamspinner Press:
Broken Bones, Mended Hearts
Fireworks
I'll Be Home

With Silver Publishing:
Texan Summer


Sep
4
comment I'm not a great pantser; what kind of preparation do I need for NaNoWriMo?
I have never heard of "pantsing" used in terms of writing until today. My first thought when I read your title "WTF does pulling someone's pants down have to do with writing for NaNoWriMo?"
Sep
2
comment First Person Voice - Same as speaking?
@Joel The character isn't writing the story (unless it's a journal or letter type book). The author is writing the story. The character is narrating it. Think more listening to an audiobook.
Sep
1
comment How can I manage screen shots and other graphics for maintenance?
I don't think this has anything to do with Writing or Writers.SE
Aug
30
comment What to include in agreement with a Ghost Writer. . .
I'd recommend speaking with a lawyer who specializes in this type of thing and have them draw up a contract for it.
Aug
30
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Aug
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
26
comment How could my friend publish his Steve Jobs biography?
Robusto: I think Jobs can afford better lawyers than the OP. ;)
Aug
23
comment How much agent contact should I expect?
@Kate Sherwood the asker doesn't specify whether they've tried to contact the agent or not. I've left her a comment asking for clarification.
Aug
23
comment How much agent contact should I expect?
This question is fairly vague. Have you attempted to contact your agent and heard nothing back? Or has there just been a period of time that you haven't heard anything from them?
Aug
23
comment How much agent contact should I expect?
It's also going to depend on if the agent has anything to report back. They're most likely not going to send you an email after every rejection, or to tell you editors are still reviewing your piece.
Aug
22
comment Is it possible to figure out the ROI of an MFA?
I think part of most MFA programs is internships. I'm planning on trying for an internship at one of the Big 6 houses during my MFA program.
Aug
22
comment Is it possible to figure out the ROI of an MFA?
I think the MFA gives you more than just the information you learn in the classes. It shows employers (in this case, usually publishing houses) that you're dedicated enough to pursue an MFA and spend an extra 2-3 years in school. It shows them you're willing to put in the effort to make yourself a better candidate.
Aug
22
revised What are jobs that prefer or require MFAs in Creative Writing?
Typo
Aug
20
comment How much influence do authors have on their titles?
It's definitely a balance. The publisher has the option to say "Change it or we don't publish it" but the author also has the option to say "Leave it alone or I walk."
Aug
19
answered What are jobs that prefer or require MFAs in Creative Writing?
Aug
17
comment How to create space
Please don't use all the information. If you do, you're going to overwhelm your reader with information that's not relevant to the piece. Pick and chose information that will A) give you reader a sense of the scene and B) portray something about your characters. If the kitchen smells like bleach and there are housekeeping magazines on the counter, we're given a tidbit about your character's personality.
Aug
16
comment Is it plausible to get a contract with an US/UK publisher as a foreigner?
Publishers aren't going to pay for a book tour unless you're a NYT Best Seller. It's simply not smart financially for them. They'll probably encourage you to do local book signings if you're in the US but they're not springing for cross-country tours.
Aug
15
comment Is it plausible to get a contract with an US/UK publisher as a foreigner?
As someone who works for multiple publishers, I agree with Craig's answer. As long as your book is good, your location is the least of their concerns.
Aug
4
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Aug
4
awarded  Nice Answer