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  • This agent is sizzling hot for debut authors

    This agent is sizzling hot for debut authors

    Are you a new writer with a killer book? Having a tough time nailing an agent? You’ll be interested in this. Mark Gottlieb is a leading literary agent at Trident Media who’s found great success selling first-time author manuscripts. We’re talki…
    - 8 Aug 17, 8:50pm -
  • Timely writing tips from George Orwell

    Timely writing tips from George Orwell

    The classic dystopian novel 1984, George Orwell’s story about a futuristic totalitarian state, has been in the midst of a spontaneous sales explosion, catapulting to the top of bestseller lists at Amazon, the New York Times and independent retailer…
    - 20 May 17, 8:02pm -
  • Kickstarter author success stories

    Kickstarter author success stories

    Kickstarter, the global crowdfunding platform that launched just seven years ago in Brooklyn, has helped authors and book people raise more than $100 million for publishing projects. That’s an astonishing amount of money given the general attrition…
    - 16 Dec 16, 3:39am -
  • NPR’s interview with me on the Reader Analytics controversy

    NPR’s interview with me on the Reader Analytics controversy

    Breaking News! National Public Radio’s Lynn Neary of All Things Considered  interviewed me the other day for an editor’s perspective on Reader Analytics, and whether data about reading behavior should have an impact on publishing decisions. Lis…
    - 4 Aug 16, 3:56am -
  • Jellybooks reader analytics: Sweet or sour deal for authors?

    Jellybooks reader analytics: Sweet or sour deal for authors?

    What if your agent called to say your publisher was doubling the ad budget on your new book because their Jellybooks reader analytics convinced them it was a rip-roaring page-turner? Yippee!! Or, what if you got a call with the heart-stopping news…
    - 15 Jul 16, 6:55pm -
  • Are you obsessed with writing? Good news!

    Are you obsessed with writing? Good news!

    “Obsession produces a book. You get up with it every morning and go to bed with it every night. You keep a pad next to the bed so when you wake up in the middle of the night you can write things down, or a pad inside your jacket so when you’re at…
    - 15 Mar 16, 3:56pm -
  • Write a killer memoir: My 9 top tips

    Write a killer memoir: My 9 top tips

    Want to write a memoir that’s powerful and inspiring? One that has impact, and appeals to a broad popular market? Here’s how. These 9 tips come directly from my 50+ years of working with authors as a developmental editor in major publishing ho…
    - 14 Jan 16, 3:39pm -
  • Self publisher’s wild ride

    Self publisher’s wild ride

    “It’s been awesome,” says Andy Weir. “It’s like every writer’s dream come true.” The Washington Post describes Weir’s novel The Martian, originally self published, as “Robinson Crusoe in a space suit.” The unlikely New York Times…
    - 26 Oct 15, 8:52pm -
  • New author sells 80K books in 1 year. Here’s how

    New author sells 80K books in 1 year. Here’s how

    When John J. Davis set out to market his first self-published thriller Blood Line, he thought he did everything right. He hired an experienced book publicist, arranged readings at bookstores, went on a 30-day cross-country author tour. The results we…
    - 1 Oct 15, 1:48pm -
  • What 4 top agents desire in a memoir

    What 4 top agents desire in a memoir

    Sometimes it seems like everyone’s writing a memoir. You too? So how can you break out of the pack and and persuade an agent to take a look? Here are four accomplished literary agents, and they’re all selling memoirs. Scroll down to see some of…
    - 11 Aug 15, 12:17am -

The Business of Books

  • Bitchcraft is in the air…and in the news

    Bitchcraft is in the air…and in the news

    Kerry’s book Bitchcraft: Simple Spells for Everyday Annoyances & Sweet Revenge has been getting some great publicity leading up to Halloween. Take a peek at this clip from KOMO-TV’s Seattle Refined, who came to Kerry’s house to cast some hexes.…
    - 16 days ago, 30 Oct 19, 8:00pm -
  • Client Success Story: Kira Jane Buxton

    Client Success Story: Kira Jane Buxton

    Tell us how this book came about. What inspired you to write it?On the heels of a heavy writing rejection, my husband suggested I “go and write the thing about the crows.” I’ve loved crows for as long as I … Continue reading →
    - 37 days ago, 9 Oct 19, 9:22pm -
  • October is Bitchcraft month!

    October is Bitchcraft month!

    We hope you’re enjoying a spectacular fall, filled with crisp mornings, pumpkin lattes, and a great new pair of boots. What else might October bring, you ask? Well, the launch of Kerry’s new book for one! It’s pub month for … Continue reading…
    - 43 days ago, 4 Oct 19, 12:47am -
  • Hollow Kingdom Book Event at Elliott Bay Books Tonight!

    Hollow Kingdom Book Event at Elliott Bay Books Tonight!

    We’re pleased as punch that Kira Jane Buxton, a former Business of Books client, is having tremendous success with her debut novel, Hollow Kingdom–an inventive and unique tale told from the point of view of a foul-mouthed and courageous crow. ……
    - 57 days ago, 19 Sep 19, 4:06pm -
  • Changes at BoB headquarters

    Changes at BoB headquarters

    As some of you may know, we have had some big life changes here at B.O.B. headquarters. First, Kerry up and moved to London—after a year in Mexico no less. Now, Jen has happily accepted her first full-time job in … Continue reading →
    - 23 May 18, 2:01am -
  • Client Success Story: New author Steve Murphy and the importance of perseverance

    Client Success Story: New author Steve Murphy and the importance of perseverance

    There is no one-size-fits-all publishing path for our clients. Steve Murphy is proof of that. When he took our course, we thought his book—never-before-published memoirs of George W. Quimby, a Civil War scout—had tremendous potential. Even more s…
    - 12 Mar 18, 9:04pm -
  • No matter the continent, we’re here to help you get published

    No matter the continent, we’re here to help you get published

    As some of you may know if you follow us on social networks, Kerry and her family have relocated to London for the immediate future. But not to fear! We are still very much in business – Kerry has basically … Continue reading →
    - 27 Oct 17, 3:26pm -
  • Success Stories Make Us Happy!
    We’ve been extra-jazzed here at Business of Books headquarters the past few weeks, thanks to the successes of previous clients in Seattle. This just in yesterday from Victor Rodriguez, who took our proposal-writing class at UW: “I just wanted you…
    - 18 Mar 17, 4:10pm -
  • Publishing Toolkit NOW ON SALE!

    Publishing Toolkit NOW ON SALE!

    As part of Small Business Saturday, we are offering our popular Publishing Toolkit at a 50% discount until Saturday at midnight. For $49, get 100+ pages of publishing intel and a step-by-step plan for creating a kick-ass proposal that will … Contin…
    - 25 Nov 16, 4:52pm -
  • One Day Only: Publishing Toolkit is 50% off!

    One Day Only: Publishing Toolkit is 50% off!

    The Business of Books is the epitome of a small business: two friends and former colleagues sharing their experience and knowledge to help burgeoning authors realize their publishing dreams. From the beginning, we’ve relied on word-of-mouth recomme…
    - 23 Nov 16, 1:25pm -

Writer Beware Blog

  • newContest Caution: Waldorf Publishing's Manuscript Contest

    Contest Caution: Waldorf Publishing's Manuscript Contest

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Another contest! I seem to be writing about these a lot lately.This contest is from Waldorf Publishing, which is "is always seeking new talent to add to our extensive roster." I'm going to count the red f…
    - 2 hours ago, 15 Nov 19, 5:51pm -
  • newScandal Engulfs Independent Publisher ChiZine Publications

    Scandal Engulfs Independent Publisher ChiZine Publications

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®If you're not part of the horror or speculative fiction community, you may not be aware of the scandal that over the past two weeks has engulfed ChiZine Publications, a (previously) highly-regarded Canad…
    - 8 hours ago, 15 Nov 19, 12:43pm -
  • Contest Caution: The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

    Contest Caution: The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® Founded in 2010, The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award bills itself as "the richest prize for a single short story in the English language." And indeed, the prize is major: the winner receives a c…
    - 8 days ago, 7 Nov 19, 6:02pm -
  • Fireside Press Cancels Multiple Contracts

    Fireside Press Cancels Multiple Contracts

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® Last week, the SFWA Contracts Committee issued this advisory.SFWA Contracts Committee Advisory on No-advance ContractsRecently, SFWA's Contracts Committee was made aware of a situation in which a well-li…
    - 17 days ago, 29 Oct 19, 11:54am -
  • Army of Clones, Part 2: Twenty-One (More) Publishing and Marketing "Services" to Beware Of

    Army of Clones, Part 2: Twenty-One (More) Publishing and Marketing "Services" to Beware Of

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last January, I wrote a post about a new and rapidly-growing scam: Philippines-based publishing and "marketing" companies that have copied the Author Solutions business model, and are using it to rip off w…
    - 26 days ago, 20 Oct 19, 7:48pm -
  • From the Philippines, Not With Love: A Plague of Publishing and Marketing Scams

    From the Philippines, Not With Love: A Plague of Publishing and Marketing Scams

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® I've been expending a lot of words and time lately warning about the latest scam phenomenon to hit the writing world: fake publishing and marketing companies that, through outrageous prices and worthless…
    - 28 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 6:02pm -
  • A Pack Of Scammer Lies

    A Pack Of Scammer Lies

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® How do scammers entrap unwary writers? The other day, an especially egregious example came across my desk, in the form of this "proposal" shared with me by an author who really, really wanted to believe…
    - 43 days ago, 3 Oct 19, 6:44pm -
  • Authors' Concern Grows Over Late Royalty Payments at Dreamspinner Press

    Authors' Concern Grows Over Late Royalty Payments at Dreamspinner Press

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® On Wednesday, Publishers Lunch published an article by Erin Somers about payment issues at Dreamspinner Press, which I'm reprinting here with permission.Dreamspinner Keeps Promising Authors to "Catch Up…
    - 63 days ago, 13 Sep 19, 8:00pm -
  • Universal Book Solutions: Anatomy of a Book-to-Screen Scam

    Universal Book Solutions: Anatomy of a Book-to-Screen Scam

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®Selling film rights to Hollywood is among writers' most fevered dreams. And where there is something that writers want or need, there are always sharks waiting to take advantage.The Hollywood book-to-scr…
    - 84 days ago, 23 Aug 19, 1:28pm -
  • From Writer Beware's Files: Seven Prolific Vanity Publishers

    From Writer Beware's Files: Seven Prolific Vanity Publishers

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®Vanity publishers, unfortunately, are not in short supply. Writer Beware's files include hundreds of them, large and small. But there's a select few about which we hear most often, via writers' questions…
    - 95 days ago, 12 Aug 19, 8:17pm -

Your Book Authors

  • Hello world!
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!
    - 29 Jan 19, 1:34pm -

Writer Unboxed

  • newLinguistic Interventions (Et Tu, Bayer?)

    Linguistic Interventions (Et Tu, Bayer?)

    Don’t Call Me in the Morning Writers are people far better suited than most to do a service to society–even to take on a responsibility–of offering guidance on language and how we use it. But we rarely live up to it. Writers are the ones who kn…
    - 13 hours ago, 15 Nov 19, 7:33am -
  • Career Writers: Embrace Paradox

    Career Writers: Embrace Paradox

    At the Writer UnBoxed UnConference last week, I led a session in which we explored emotional strategies that would keep writers in good stead for the long haul. Of the many we discussed, the necessity of embracing paradox struck a fresh chord with th…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Nov 19, 6:00am -
  • Other People’s Books

    Other People’s Books

    Occasionally, you hear writers say they never read the work of other authors, especially writing in the same genre as they are, and especially if they’re currently in the process of writing a book themselves. The reason given is usually that they a…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Nov 19, 6:00am -
  • What Really Drives Your Characters?

    What Really Drives Your Characters?

    There’s a lot of writing advice that tells you to find your characters’ goals. If you can work out what drives them in their lives, you can use those goals to drive the story. Most of this advice will tell that your character should have two goal…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 6:00am -
  • Readings for Writers: Between History and Myth

    Readings for Writers: Between History and Myth

    I never imagine Eduardo Galeano sitting at a desk writing. I imagine him wielding a sword, brutal in its discernment of the distance between how things are and how they could be. In an age of sound bites and “truthiness,” Galeano dares to connect…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 6:00am -
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