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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

  • 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 -
  • 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 -

Writer Beware Blog

  • From Writer Beware's Files: The Six Most Prolific Vanity Publishers (Plus Two Honorable Mentions)

    From Writer Beware's Files: The Six Most Prolific Vanity Publishers (Plus Two Honorable Mentions)

    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 over and over, via writers' questi…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 7:32pm -
  • How Predatory Companies Are Trying to Hijack Your Publisher Search, Part 2

    How Predatory Companies Are Trying to Hijack Your Publisher Search, Part 2

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®Last year, I published a post on the perils of searching for a publisher on the internet using general phrases like "how to get published" or "how to find a publisher".While such searches turn up excelle…
    - 16 days ago, 3 Jul 19, 6:34pm -
  • De Montfort Literature: Career Jumpstart or Literary Sweatshop?

    De Montfort Literature: Career Jumpstart or Literary Sweatshop?

    This post has been updatedPosted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I was planning on writing about De Montfort Literature myself, but Alliance of Independent Authors watchdog John Doppler beat me to it, with this excellent warning post.Started by…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Jun 19, 11:36am -
  • Contest Beware: Fiction War Magazine

    Contest Beware: Fiction War Magazine

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Fiction War Magazine, owned by Wolvesburrow Productions ("a front-to-back engineer of design, publishing, in print, and online content"), is a publisher of flash fiction (500-1,000 words). In addition to a…
    - 29 days ago, 20 Jun 19, 2:43pm -
  • 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…
    - 35 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 12:36pm -
  • Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize Them and Why They Should Avoid Them

    Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize Them and Why They Should Avoid Them

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Lately I'm seeing frequent ads on Facebook for high-entry fee literary awards, such as the International Book Awards ($89 per entry, though if you enter by April 30 you can get a special early bird rate o…
    - 84 days ago, 26 Apr 19, 6:44pm -
  • Contest 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…
    - 93 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 7:20pm -
  • Small Press Storm Warnings: Fiery Seas Publishing

    Small Press Storm Warnings: Fiery Seas Publishing

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In March of 2014, a small press called Entranced Publishing closed its doors less than a year after issuing its first books, amid a haze of lies, unpaid authors and staff, and bizarre claims about a chan…
    - 100 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 12:50pm -
  • Caution: Turkish Publisher Mavifil Publishing (Mavifil Yayinlari)

    Caution: Turkish Publisher Mavifil Publishing (Mavifil Yayinlari)

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In December 2011, I wrote a blog post about a Turkish publisher called Arvo Basim Yayin, which was contacting self-pubbed and small press authors out of the blue and offering to buy Turkish rights to their…
    - 1 Apr 19, 11:40am -
  • AMS Literary Agency: Approach With Caution

    AMS Literary Agency: Approach With Caution

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware When Writer Beware was founded, an embarrassingly long time ago, most of the questions and complaints we received involved literary agents: from scammers charging fees or engaging in kickback schemes, to w…
    - 1 Mar 19, 1:50pm -

Your Book Authors

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

Writer Unboxed

  • newAbout That ‘Writing Vacation’

    About That ‘Writing Vacation’

    The Elusive Chapters of Summer Part confession and part inquiry, today’s little provocation for you is about a long-running fantasy I’ve nourished since my late teens: the idea of a summer vacation on which you make big progress on your work-in-p…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 8:02am -
  • 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…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Jul 19, 7:00am -
  • Why, Why, Why? Interrogating Characters About Their Motivations

    Why, Why, Why? Interrogating Characters About Their Motivations

    Do you remember that news clip of US figure skater Nancy Kerrigan’s long, drawn-out “Whyyyyy? Whyyyyy? Whyyyyy?” after a hired assailant bashed her across the knee right before the US Figure Skating Championship that would determine the 1994 Ol…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 7:00am -
  • There Are No Wasted Words: Power to the Pantsers

    There Are No Wasted Words: Power to the Pantsers

    Please welcome WU community member and author Carol Newman Cronin to Writer Unboxed today! A bit about Carol: Carol Newman Cronin is an award-winning author, editor, and Olympian. She is represented by April Eberhardt, and her fourth novel, Ferry t…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 7:00am -
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Zeroing Non-Writing Commitments

    The Life-Changing Magic of Zeroing Non-Writing Commitments

    At Chez O’Hara, we’re about to enter a new phase of life. My husband is retiring, leaving his workplace of thirty-five years. Our youngest is about to graduate and will probably receive a job offer in another town, making us empty-nesters. Even…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Jul 19, 7:00am -
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