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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 →
    - 86 days ago, 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 -
  • 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

  • Solicitation Alert: Book-Art Press Solutions and Window Press Club

    Solicitation Alert: Book-Art Press Solutions and Window Press Club

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I'm getting a lot of questions from authors who've been solicited by an Author Solutions-style author services company called Book-Art Press Solutions.Book-Art Press's website dangles the carrot of free p…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 11:29am -
  • Alert: Copyright Infringement By the Internet Archive (and What You Can Do About It)

    Alert: Copyright Infringement By the Internet Archive (and What You Can Do About It)

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has issued an alert on copyright infringement by the Internet Archive. Other professional writers' groups taking notice include the UK's Society of Author…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 12:02pm -
  • 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…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Jan 18, 8:52pm -
  • Solicitation (and Plagiarism) Alert: Legaia Books / Paperclips Magazine

    Solicitation (and Plagiarism) Alert: Legaia Books / Paperclips Magazine

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware When the late, unlamented Tate Publishing & Enterprises went belly-up a few months ago, I started hearing from Tate authors who were being contacted by self-publishing companies and other for-profit enter…
    - 16 days ago, 5 Jan 18, 5:19pm -
  • Book Promotions International, or, How Not to Get Your Book Into a Library

    Book Promotions International, or, How Not to Get Your Book Into a Library

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Hot on the heels of the infamous Christmas writing contest spam comes another spam solicitation aimed at separating writers from their money.The link leads directly to PayPal.So if you're not already ROTF…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Jan 18, 12:02pm -
  • How Not To Promote a Writing Contest: The NY Literary Magazine

    How Not To Promote a Writing Contest: The NY Literary Magazine

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Congratulations!You have been nominated for the "Best Story Award".That's the message some writers found in their inboxes on Christmas Day, from a publication called The NY Literary Magazine:Could there b…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Jan 18, 11:52am -
  • Author-Agent Handshake Agreements: Should You Be Wary?

    Author-Agent Handshake Agreements: Should You Be Wary?

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I've recently gotten a number of reports about a literary agent with a major agency who is offering representation with a "handshake" deal: representation based on a verbal commitment, rather than a bindin…
    - 38 days ago, 14 Dec 17, 1:17pm -
  • Alert: Blue Deco Publishing, Christian Faith Publishing

    Alert: Blue Deco Publishing, Christian Faith Publishing

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware BLUE DECO PUBLISHING Writer Beware has received multiple documented complaints from authors at Blue Deco Publishing.Problems cited include late or missing royalties and royalty statements, broken marketing…
    - 44 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 12:22pm -
  • 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…
    - 55 days ago, 27 Nov 17, 5:07pm -
  • 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 sal…
    - 57 days ago, 25 Nov 17, 12:31pm -

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

  • newWriter Unboxed is 12 Today! (Plus: a Present!)

    Writer Unboxed is 12 Today! (Plus: a Present!)

    Former WU contributor (and current children’s book author/illustrator sensation) Debbie Ohi created this comic for Writer Unboxed on our tenth anniversary. That, in truth, seems long ago, as much has changed in our world since January, 2016. Despit…
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 6:00am -
  • The Hack’s Guide to Writing a Perfect First Chapter

    The Hack’s Guide to Writing a Perfect First Chapter

    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. The first chapter of a novel determines whether readers will s…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Jan 18, 6:00am -
  • Platform Redux: After the Fire and Fury

    Platform Redux: After the Fire and Fury

    ‘Data Overwhelms, It Overflows’ The writing community, as a whole, can get tired of something. Just like a person, the whole crowd, from their outlawed prologues to their too-late afterwords, can talk itself into one planetary yawn. And this is t…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 8:08am -
  • 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…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 6:00am -
  • Summit Fever and Knowing When to Say Whoa

    Summit Fever and Knowing When to Say Whoa

    My husband who climbs mountains (I know) once told me about a phenomenon one of his peers had experienced, known in the field as “summit fever.” Poet me perked immediately, drawn to the ping of that phrase. Then he told me what it means, and writ…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 6:00am -
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