About Eve Lederman

Eve Lederman is the Demand Studios Content Curator. She is the author of five books including the memoir Letters From My Sister: On Life, Love and Hair Removal, released by Skyhorse Publishing in September 2014. Her play Let It Come Down is in development was recently workshopped at Dixon Place in New York City. Formerly, Eve owned and operated the Manhattan Proofreaders' School, providing training to individuals and corporate clients.

How to Get Your Book Published…in Only 14 Years

The year is 2000 — Y2K ended up being a bust, mad cow disease is currently sweeping through Europe and my manuscript is in the hands of the editor who published Bridget Jones’s Diary. Supposedly a deal is forthcoming; so I wait. And then…nothing. No Renee Zellweger. No “congratulations!” No celebratory bottle of champagne. But I promised myself I wouldn’t let it get to me. I knew it was time work every contact in order to get my book in front of other editors—the right fielder on my softball team knew a publicist at Penguin. A random woman on the street, who helped me carry a piece of drab furniture home, knew a guy who knows a guy who could potentially get it in the right hands.

It was exhausting, but in the end I spent more than a decade pounding the editorial pavement to sell my book. Here’s valuable advice on what I learned along the way: Continue reading

Set Your Writer Free

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I only used to write when an idea or a concept raced through my head —  I’d run to my computer (or my smartphone) in order to secure it, and then revisit my idea when inspiration hit me.

The idea of sitting down, with the clock ticking, and no inkling of what I want to say is scary—will anything come? What if there’s nothing but silence? Turns out, this scary act is somewhat magical. In writing what I don’t already know, I’ve discovered that images and words could unfold in new and unexpected ways. Continue reading