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“We Grow Media” Founder Dan Blank on Audience Research

I agree with two of Dan Blank’s points. Most authors work on building larger following on various social media, but without attempting to gain any real influence with those followers. Most authors have not written their books for specific readerships–and are at a loss when it comes time to promote their book. Authors, write your […]

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Do Publishers (and Agents) Need to Give More Info?

The South by South West Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, this month opened a can of worms. While not every self-published author longs to be picked up by a traditional publisher, Hugh Howey’s Wool was picked up by Simon and Schuster. Howey, however, gave S&S only the print rights. He retained the ebook rights for […]

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Copywrite protection–how long does it last?

Author and scholar Leslie S. Klinger has sued the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle estate over a copyright matter. Klinger, who is a Doyle scholar, wants to publish A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon. The estate wants a license fee or it threatens to disrupt distribution of the book, presumably by […]

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Does a self-published book author need an agent?

It’s too bad that Digital Book World has placed the details of its research into its member’s only archive. Some interesting points, however, shared in a webinar on February 7, 2013, answer the question that self-published book authors DO need an agent. Here are two reasons: For those published in whatever channel, three goals topped […]

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3 Elements that Attract Literary Agents

Have you ever noticed how some books feature one or another element in their presentation. Three covers features can be a good way to visualize the three reasons that literary agents are attracted to nonfiction proposals. I call these features or elements the author’s name, the book’s title, or the sales moment. The Author’s Name […]

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One Common Writing Mistake in Fiction

Freelance fiction editor Beth Hill writes The Editor’s Blog, and her recent post, “Everyone Does It–Common Writing Mistakes,” offers a number of helpful observations for rewriting a first draft manuscript. The one that resonated with proposals I have seen this year is:  Giving readers too much time in a character’s head. Beth writes that she […]

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Read Your First Paragraphs to Others

GalleyCat Media has launched an occasional episode they call “First Graf Friday.” In about 9 and a half minutes, you can hear a dozen authors read their launches. No back story, no explanation. Would you be interested in listening (or reading) more? Some time ago, I was in another state doing some consulting work for […]

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