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Should your literary agent offer ebooks? Smashwords says yes

In 2012, Mark Coker, founder and CEO of Smashwords.com, argued that literary agents are best poised to help authors exercise all their rights by offering authors ebooks (without going through publishers). He cited seven trends in the publishing marketplace that were making this dramatic change possible: Corker’s first three trends seem obvious: (1) Bookstores continue […]

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3 Massive Mistakes New Fiction Authors Make (and Clues for Fixing Them)

As a new fiction author, have you submitted your query letter, synopsis, and sample fifty pages to literary agents in the hopes of getting a traditional publisher deal? Many times? So many times that you have considered giving up? Why are literary agents turning your work away? Or, not replying at all? While dozens of […]

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Why Women Don’t Write Business Books

In 1990 as a fresh acquisitions editor, I stayed an extra day after a conference to meet with a dozen women, who wanted to write a book. Alison Jones calls attention to a systemic issue: <a href=”http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/feb/18/imposter-syndrome-and-time-issues-why-women-dont-write-non-fiction”>Imposter Syndrom and Time Issues: Why Women Don’t  Write Buisiness Books.</a> On the day I did my spot-check, 1 […]

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Bookarma Helps Authors Share Book Notices

Open post for Affiliate Link to Website Why do I recommend this book promotion approach? Bookarma accepts your backlist titles as well as new titles To upload your book information, you only need to enter your ISBNs You can link all your titles to one book sales page To start a campaign costs only $15 […]

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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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