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The Book Deal

  • 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

  • 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 →
    - 23 days ago, 27 Oct 17, 3:26pm -
  • Success Stories Make Us Happy!

    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 -
  • Write now. Here’s why.

    Write now. Here’s why.

    There is always an excuse not to write. Not to finish that book you’ve been working on for so long, or pursue that glimmer of a story idea. Not to bother. Work. Kids. Stress. Fatigue. Fear. Feelings of inadequacy. THE … Continue reading →
    - 14 Nov 16, 11:34am -
  • Kerry goes to Mexico! Publishing Toolkit goes on sale!

    Kerry goes to Mexico! Publishing Toolkit goes on sale!

    Summer is wrapping up and it’s likely your thoughts are turning to fall, sweaters, and books (hopefully your own!). Meanwhile, some exciting news is happening here at BoB headquarters. Kerry has decided to relocate to Merida, Mexico, with her famil…
    - 30 Aug 16, 8:05pm -
  • New class from Nicole Hardy & Suzanne Morrison!

    New class from Nicole Hardy & Suzanne Morrison!

    Some of you may be familiar with authors, writing instructors, and forces of nature Nicole Hardy and Suzanne Morrison. Some of you may have even taken their class, The Art of Getting Started. Well, they’re doing again, and this time … Continue re…
    - 4 Jun 16, 1:26pm -
  • New Author Success Story: Geraldine DeRuiter

    New Author Success Story: Geraldine DeRuiter

    Geraldine DeRuiter is a Seattle-based writer and admittedly hapless traveler who founded the awesome travel blog, The Everywhereist. We were excited to learn she landed her first book deal—and to hear her tale of multiple rejections, confusing feed…
    - 22 Apr 16, 4:54pm -
  • Only a few spots left! Register NOW for our May Class: Craft a Winning Book Proposal

    Only a few spots left! Register NOW for our May Class: Craft a Winning Book Proposal

    Due to popular demand, we’ve teamed with with the Queen Anne Writers Studio to bring you our book proposal workshop! To date, we’ve had many students turn their dream of publishing into a reality, and this class is where many … Continue reading…
    - 19 Apr 16, 7:50am -
  • New Author Success Story: Anne McTiernan

    New Author Success Story: Anne McTiernan

    Anne McTiernan took our UW class last spring to work on her proposal, and we were thrilled to hear that she scored a book deal for her memoir, Starved. Writers, remember: book deals DO happen, and they happen every day. We … Continue reading →
    - 1 Apr 16, 5:13pm -

Writer Beware Blog

  • Lawsuits, Liens, and Lost URLs: The Latest on America Star Books / PublishAmerica

    Lawsuits, Liens, and Lost URLs: The Latest on America Star Books / PublishAmerica

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware America Star Books seems to have gone out of business. (See below for a full writeup.)But ASB has not terminated any of its contracts, or returned authors' rights. Hundreds of ASB books are still on sale.…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Nov 17, 7:20pm -
  • Scam Alert: Fraudsters Targeting Freelancers With Fake Job Offers

    Scam Alert: Fraudsters Targeting Freelancers With Fake Job Offers

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Fraudsters are reportedly conducting a phishing scheme aimed at freelance writers.Individuals using the names of editors and senior management for The Atlantic magazine have sent out numerous fake job and…
    - 39 days ago, 11 Oct 17, 12:10pm -
  • Small Press Storm Warnings: High Hill Press

    Small Press Storm Warnings: High Hill Press

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware There's trouble at High Hill Press, a once well-regarded small press "created to offer writers a small niche between the huge New York publishing houses, and the often high-priced print on demands."Both t…
    - 53 days ago, 27 Sep 17, 6:19pm -
  • All Romance eBooks' Sudden Closing: Many Questions, Few Answers

    All Romance eBooks' Sudden Closing: Many Questions, Few Answers

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware This post has been updated.On Wednesday, December 28, All Romance eBooks--a romance-specific ebook distributor and publisher that also distributes general fiction and nonfiction through its OmniLit imprint…
    - 54 days ago, 26 Sep 17, 1:10pm -
  • Spam, Spam, Spam Spam: Inkitt and the Grand Novel Contest

    Spam, Spam, Spam Spam: Inkitt and the Grand Novel Contest

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED.If you're a writer and have even a smidgeon of online presence, you've probably been emailed or messaged or tweeted by Inkitt, a Berlin-based company that allows writers to post…
    - 55 days ago, 25 Sep 17, 11:49am -
  • Infringement by Galaktika Magazine: Authors Guild and SFWA Reach Settlement

    Infringement by Galaktika Magazine: Authors Guild and SFWA Reach Settlement

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware On July 20, the Authors Guild and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced that they had together reached an agreement with Hungary-based Galaktika Magazine.For at least a decade, Galak…
    - 67 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 1:06pm -
  • Trouble at Tate: Could it be End of Days for America's Most Prolific Vanity Publisher?

    Trouble at Tate: Could it be End of Days for America's Most Prolific Vanity Publisher?

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareNEWS FLASH: on May 4, 2017, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against Ryan and Richard Tate for alleged fraudulent business practices.A summary of t…
    - 80 days ago, 31 Aug 17, 11:45am -
  • Tate Publishing & Enterprises Slapped with $1.7 Million Lawsuit, Department of Labor Investigation

    Tate Publishing & Enterprises Slapped with $1.7 Million Lawsuit, Department of Labor Investigation

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware NEWS FLASH: on May 4, 2017, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge (apiece) against Ryan and Richard Tate for alleged fraudulent business practices.For…
    - 80 days ago, 31 Aug 17, 11:45am -
  • The Law Finally Catches Up With Tate Publishing & Enterprises

    The Law Finally Catches Up With Tate Publishing & Enterprises

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Today, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against Ryan and Richard Tate, respectively CEO and founder of vanity publisher Tate Publishing & Enterpri…
    - 80 days ago, 31 Aug 17, 11:43am -
  • Questions for Vanity Publisher Austin Macauley Yield Few Answers

    Questions for Vanity Publisher Austin Macauley Yield Few Answers

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware This post has been updated.Over at The Writers Workshop, Harry Bingham is taking a look at UK-based vanity publisher Austin Macauley.Are they legit? Or are they scammers?I don’t know. I honestly hav…
    - 87 days ago, 24 Aug 17, 12:55pm -

Your Book Authors

  • How to Make Your Book Into an Audiobook for Audible.com

    How to Make Your Book Into an Audiobook for Audible.com

    Many authors either haven't tried or don't know how to get their book produced into an audiobook. Well, it's not hard, and here are a few easy steps to make it happen. Authors ACX Puts You in the Director’s Chair. You decide how your audiobook is p…
    - 22 Jan 14, 11:25am -

Writer Unboxed

  • newReading the World: Translation Is Rising

    Reading the World: Translation Is Rising

    Where Politics Can’t Stop Us A funny thing happened on the way to isolationism. Some in the business believe there’s new interest in work from other languages. I’m hopeful that some of what’s lost in the dynamics of vulgar nationalism can be…
    - 15 hours ago, 19 Nov 17, 6:00am -
  • Motivate Yourself with Ten Tips on Self-Motivating Yourself

    Motivate Yourself with Ten Tips on Self-Motivating Yourself

      Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Whether you’re working on a short story, charging through…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Nov 17, 6:00am -
  • (Too) Close Third Person

    (Too) Close Third Person

    I recently received a critique of a work in progress that suggested I alter the point of view (POV) from distant third person to close third person. It was good advice, but it meant facing another rewrite of what I thought was a completed manuscript.…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 9:00am -
  • Flog a Pro: would you pay to turn the first page of this bestseller?

    Flog a Pro: would you pay to turn the first page of this bestseller?

    Trained by reading hundreds of submissions, editors and agents often make their read/not-read decision on the first page. In a customarily formatted book manuscript with chapters starting about 1/3 of the way down the page (double-spaced, 1-inch marg…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 6:00am -
  • Getting Back to Grateful

    Getting Back to Grateful

    If there’s one universal truth about all types of writing and all types of writers, it’s probably that this is hard. Writing is difficult. If you pursue it with any persistence and passion, you’re certain to come up against obstacle after obsta…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 6:00am -
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