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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

  • 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.…
    - 88 days ago, 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

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

  • On Getting It and Showing Up

    On Getting It and Showing Up

    There’s a popular quote floating around on the interwebs, stating that “comparison is the thief of joy.” I’ve never found a rock-solid origin for that quote, although it is most frequently attributed to Theodore Roosevelt. Frankly, I think it…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Jan 20, 6:00am -
  • Writing on a Boat, with a Goat: Navigating an Evolving Writing Process

    Writing on a Boat, with a Goat: Navigating an Evolving Writing Process

    As I sit in the Chicago airport during a layover on my way to the Sundance Film Festival (headed to meet up with our very own Queen of Writer Unboxed, Therese Walsh!), I’m pondering the way my writing routine has changed. If you’d asked me a few…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Jan 20, 6:00am -
  • To Absent Friends

    To Absent Friends

    Within the last week, I’ve had two clients with the same problem, a sign that I’ve found a good topic for an article.  (They’ve given me permission to use them as examples – thanks, guys.)  What was tripping them up was that they both had t…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Jan 20, 6:00am -
  • Writer Unboxed is 14 Today! Plus: CONTEST

    Writer Unboxed is 14 Today! Plus: CONTEST

    Writer Unboxed is 14 years old today! Over these many years, we’ve written over 4,700 posts, to help inspire creativity, instill courage, improve craft, educate, and spread wisdom as we write on. This year, we have over 70 contributors–writers, a…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Jan 20, 6:00am -
  • SQUISH! What Cows and Writing Competence Have in Common

    SQUISH! What Cows and Writing Competence Have in Common

    In mid-December, with teeth aching from the sweetness of Hallmark movies and a half-crocheted afghan to complete for Christmas, I changed TV channels in search of a different kind of background noise. That’s how I stumbled across a treasure: the Em…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Jan 20, 6:00am -
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