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  • 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…
    - 64 days ago, 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 -
  • Can writing a book make you a star? Yes it can!

    Can writing a book make you a star? Yes it can!

    Just ask my author Lenore Skenazy, whose debut book Free-Range Kids – How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts with Worry) led to her own reality TV show, among many other surprises. We had a lot of fun working on the book toget…
    - 27 Apr 15, 3:45pm -

The Business of Books

  • 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 -
  • Seattle Writes at the Seattle Public Library

    Seattle Writes at the Seattle Public Library

    We all know that Seattle is a literary town. But do you know about Seattle Writes? This great program supports local writers through classes, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. This spring, the Seattle Public…
    - 14 Mar 16, 7:03pm -

Writer Beware Blog

  • 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…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 4:51pm -
  • 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…
    - 26 days ago, 27 Jun 17, 2:11pm -
  • 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…
    - 61 days ago, 23 May 17, 2:48pm -
  • 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…
    - 79 days ago, 5 May 17, 5:04pm -
  • 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…
    - 79 days ago, 5 May 17, 5:00pm -
  • Red Flag Alert: Loiacono Literary Agency, Swetky Literary Agency, Warner Literary Group

    Red Flag Alert: Loiacono Literary Agency, Swetky Literary Agency, Warner Literary Group

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In the late 1990s, when Writer Beware first started up, the digital revolution was just peeking over the horizon. Traditional publishing was still the only path to publication, and literary agents were the…
    - 1 Mar 17, 2:28pm -
  • Torquere Press Is Closing

    Torquere Press Is Closing

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThis post has been updated.Troubled publisher Torquere Press is closing. Owners Kristi Boulware and Joanna Talbot announced their decision yesterday in an email that will doubtless infuriate many authors, b…
    - 18 Feb 17, 5:36pm -
  • 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…
    - 31 Jan 17, 12:01pm -
  • The Continuing Decline of "Assisted-Self-Publishing" Giant Author Solutions

    The Continuing Decline of "Assisted-Self-Publishing" Giant Author Solutions

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware A little less than two years ago, I wrote a blog post that focused, in part, on Author Solutions' declining share of the so-called assisted self-publishing market.According to a report by Bowker on ISBN ou…
    - 18 Jan 17, 12:50pm -
  • Small Press Storm Warnings: Torquere Press, Caliburn Press, Month9Books

    Small Press Storm Warnings: Torquere Press, Caliburn Press, Month9Books

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware This post has been updated.A roundup of publishers about which I've recently received serious complaints (all of them documented).TORQUERE PRESSAt the end of 2014, the founders of Torquere Press--a well-r…
    - 16 Dec 16, 11:13am -

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

  • newBeyond the Gates – Challenging Yourself, Your Characters and Your Readers

    Beyond the Gates – Challenging Yourself, Your Characters and Your Readers

      Leaving the Old City My partner and I recently became outsiders, quite by accident. You see, this spring we took up residence in a modern building several blocks from our prior home in a converted row house in the Dupont Circle area of Washington,…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Jul 17, 7:00am -
  • Stupid Advice I Have Taken about Writing

    Stupid Advice I Have Taken about Writing

    Please welcome Louie Cronin back to WU today! Louie’s debut novel, Everyone Loves You Back, has been named a semi-finalist for the 2017 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and a finalist for an Indie Excellence Award. A little more about her: For 10 ye…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 17, 7:00am -
  • ‘Doctor Who’ and Those School Lockers

    ‘Doctor Who’ and Those School Lockers

    ‘It’s Populism’ For several years, I was one of the local stars (God help the locals) of PBS pledge drives at a network affiliate in the southerly states of America. That was where I first encountered Doctor Who. More to the point, I encountere…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 17, 9:01am -
  • Flog-a-WU Judgment Day

    Flog-a-WU Judgment Day

    UPDATE; The results are in! You should be able to see the results of the individual polls below. Jennifer Shelby’s mermaid takes the prize with a result of 67% yes votes. Interestingly, three out of the six crossed the 50% Yes barrier in comparison…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 17, 7:00am -
  • Thought Triggers: The Chekhov’s Gun of Writing Tricks

    Thought Triggers: The Chekhov’s Gun of Writing Tricks

    An experience most of us are familiar with: You’ve just bought something new, whether it be a car, a backpack, a sports jersey with a particular player’s number, or even a new brand of reading glasses, and though you found it independently and th…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 17, 7:00am -
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