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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 a…
    - 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.…
    - 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 →
    - 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…
    - 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. ……
    - 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

  • 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® Scroll down for updatesOn Wednesday, September 11, Publishers Lunch published an article by Erin Somers about payment issues at Dreamspinner Press, which I'm reprinting here with permission.Dreamspinner…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 12:24pm -
  • Space Kadet: The Twisted Tale of a Sad, Sad Internet Troll

    Space Kadet: The Twisted Tale of a Sad, Sad Internet Troll

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® Scroll down for updatesA couple of weeks ago, my Twitter warning about an amateur literary agent received a fairly curmudgeonly response.Mistaking it for a serious (if misguided) comment, I responded wit…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Jun 20, 12:59pm -
  • Agencies in Turmoil: Red Sofa Literary Threatens Legal Action, Mass Firings At Corvisiero Literary Agency

    Agencies in Turmoil: Red Sofa Literary Threatens Legal Action, Mass Firings At Corvisiero Literary Agency

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®On May 30, following blowback she received for her tweeted responses to the protests in her hometown of St. Paul, MN, Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary posted a note of apology on the agency's website.B…
    - 20 days ago, 12 Jun 20, 1:03pm -
  • Four Major Publishers Sue the Internet Archive Over Unauthorized Book Scanning

    Four Major Publishers Sue the Internet Archive Over Unauthorized Book Scanning

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®This past March, I wrote about the Internet Archive's National Emergency Library--a spinoff from the IA's massive Open Library project, which makes scanned print books available to the public for free in…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Jun 20, 2:09pm -
  • Copyright Violation Redux: The Internet Archive's National Emergency Library

    Copyright Violation Redux: The Internet Archive's National Emergency Library

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® The enormous digital archive that is the Internet Archive encompasses many different initiatives and projects. One of these is the Open Library Project, a huge repository of scanned print books avail…
    - 31 days ago, 1 Jun 20, 2:48pm -
  • Evaluating Publishing Contracts: Six Ways You May Be Sabotaging Yourself

    Evaluating Publishing Contracts: Six Ways You May Be Sabotaging Yourself

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® (A version of this post was originally published in 2014.)Several years ago, a now-defunct literary magazine called The Toast gained notoriety by demanding that its writers surrender copyright. In the wi…
    - 34 days ago, 29 May 20, 1:00pm -
  • The Impersonation Game

    The Impersonation Game

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog. It's a familiar meme...which can be turned around. On the internet, nobody knows you're not a dog.I can claim, for instance, to be a well-known literary dog...…
    - 36 days ago, 27 May 20, 6:31pm -
  • Contest Scam Alert: Legaia Books Online Book Competition

    Contest Scam Alert: Legaia Books Online Book Competition

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® When is a literary contest not a literary contest?When its purpose is to make money for the contest sponsor. Alternatively: when its purpose is to assemble a list of likely customers.Take the online book…
    - 76 days ago, 17 Apr 20, 12:45pm -
  • Vanity Radio: Why You Should Think Twice Before Paying For an Interview

    Vanity Radio: Why You Should Think Twice Before Paying For an Interview

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® In a super-crowded, hyper-competitive marketplace, one of the main challenges for book authors is to stand out. And where there's a need, there are always unscrupulous operators waiting to take advantage…
    - 84 days ago, 9 Apr 20, 2:25pm -
  • Writer Beware in the Time of Coronavirus

    Writer Beware in the Time of Coronavirus

    My home office, with feline assistant.Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®I rarely make personal posts on this blog. But, as I don't need to remind anyone, these are scary times.My husband and I are physically fit and in general good health…
    - 16 Mar 20, 1:27pm -

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

  • newOn the Way to Jerusalem

    On the Way to Jerusalem


    - 4 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 7:00am -
  • We Are Unsafe

    We Are Unsafe

    The world is not a safe place.  Our leaders cannot protect us.  Our society is not fair.  The ones who are supposed to take care of us are slaves to profit, or drugged with power.  Repression is the norm and corruption goes unpunished.  We speak…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Jul 20, 7:00am -
  • Communications in 2020: What Do Authors Value?

    Communications in 2020: What Do Authors Value?

    I think constantly about value. What will bring value to my client’s book—the write-up in People, the outreach to book clubs, the branded swag for influencers, a radio satellite tour to bring a specific message to a large audience. What is the ma…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 7:30am -
  • Gaining Wisdom and Whimsy from the Natural World

    Gaining Wisdom and Whimsy from the Natural World

    One of my favorite parts of the novel Hild, by Nicola Griffith, is how the title character uses nature to fuel her insights (which is also to say that I love how Griffith uses the natural world in her writing). When she is only 6 she becomes the seer…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 7:00am -
  • Accepting the Multi-Creative Lifestyle (Video)

    Accepting the Multi-Creative Lifestyle (Video)

    I’ve always struggled with being monogamous when it comes to my creative projects. Sometimes this comes at the cost of not finishing one project or another. (I have hundreds of unfinished stories hiding in multiple digital clouds.) And my creative…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jun 20, 7:00am -
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