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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.…
    - 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

  • Space Kadet: The Twisted Tale of a Sad, Sad Internet Troll

    Space Kadet: The Twisted Tale of a Sad, Sad Internet Troll

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® A couple of weeks ago, my Twitter warning about an amateur literary agent received a fairly curmudgeonly response.Mistaking it for a serious (if misguided) comment, I responded with a thread about why it…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 9:19pm -
  • From the Philippines, Not With Love: A Plague of Publishing and Marketing Scams

    From the Philippines, Not With Love: A Plague of Publishing and Marketing Scams

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® I've been expending a lot of words and time lately warning about the latest scam phenomenon to hit the writing world: fake publishing and marketing companies that, through outrageous prices and worthles…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Mar 20, 1:04pm -
  • Authors' Concern Grows Over Late Royalty Payments at Dreamspinner Press

    Authors' Concern Grows Over Late Royalty Payments at Dreamspinner Press

    &Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® Scroll down for updatesOn Wednesday, September 11, Publishers Lunch published an article by Erin Somers about payment issues at Dreamspinner Press, which I'm reprinting here with permission.Dreamspinner…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Mar 20, 6:06pm -
  • Writer Beware in the Time of Coronavirus

    Writer Beware in the Time of Coronavirus

    My home office, with feline assistant.Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®I rarely make personal posts on this blog. But, as I don't need to remind anyone, these are scary times.My husband and I are physically fit and in general good health…
    - 14 days ago, 16 Mar 20, 1:27pm -
  • Beware: Pigeon House Literary / Druella Burhan

    Beware: Pigeon House Literary / Druella Burhan

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® The internet and social media have transformed writer/agent/publisher interactions in many ways, one of which is the proliferation of Twitter pitch events, such as #PitMad, #DVPit, and others.While no o…
    - 17 days ago, 13 Mar 20, 2:33pm -
  • Mass Contract Cancellations at Mystery Publisher Henery Press

    Mass Contract Cancellations at Mystery Publisher Henery Press

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® Beginning on Friday, February 8, dozens of authors with mystery publisher Henery Press received some version of this email.Dear ________,Before entering 2020, we felt it prudent to review future project…
    - 32 days ago, 27 Feb 20, 12:24pm -
  • Issues at Audible's ACX: Attempted Rights Fraud, Withdrawn Promotional Codes

    Issues at Audible's ACX: Attempted Rights Fraud, Withdrawn Promotional Codes

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®Two issues involving Audible's ACX have come across my desk recently.Rights FraudI've heard from several self- and small press-pubbed authors who report that they've found their books listed on ACX as op…
    - 34 days ago, 25 Feb 20, 11:44am -
  • Universal Book Solutions: Anatomy of a Book-to-Screen Scam

    Universal Book Solutions: Anatomy of a Book-to-Screen Scam

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®Selling film rights to Hollywood is among writers' most fevered dreams. And where there is something that writers want or need, there are always sharks waiting to take advantage.The Hollywood book-to-scr…
    - 37 days ago, 22 Feb 20, 2:08pm -
  • Beware: Wid Bastian a.k.a. Widtsoe T. Bastian / Genius Media Inc. / Kairos Phoenix Company

    Beware: Wid Bastian a.k.a. Widtsoe T. Bastian / Genius Media Inc. / Kairos Phoenix Company

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®Scroll down for updatesEarly in 2019, seventeen writers were recruited to participate in a box set of medical thrillers, called (with unforeseen irony) Do No Harm.The buy-in: $750, with net income from sa…
    - 38 days ago, 21 Feb 20, 6:25pm -
  • Should You Pay To Display Your Book At BookExpo? (Short Answer: No)

    Should You Pay To Display Your Book At BookExpo? (Short Answer: No)

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® BookExpo (formerly known as BookExpo America, but still referred to as BEA) is the US's leading publishing industry event. Attended by publishers, agents, booksellers, retailers, librarians, and people…
    - 45 days ago, 14 Feb 20, 12:21pm -

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

  • newThe Sunny(er) Side of Launch Event Cancellations

    The Sunny(er) Side of Launch Event Cancellations

    It’s so good to be back here on Writer Unboxed after a year’s sabbatical hunkering down and focusing solely on my work helping authors build buzz and visibility at BookSavvy PR. I’ve missed being an active part of this wonderful community (thou…
    - 8 hours ago, 30 Mar 20, 7:00am -
  • The Hack’s Guide to Writing During a Pandemic

    The Hack’s Guide to Writing During a Pandemic

      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. For years, you’ve thought to yourself, “If only I had m…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Mar 20, 7:00am -
  • HFAAC: Introducing author Linda Rosen and THE DISHARMONY OF SILENCE

    HFAAC: Introducing author Linda Rosen and THE DISHARMONY OF SILENCE

    Welcome to the latest video in our “Helping Fellow Authors in the Age of COVID-19″ (HFAAC) series! Today we’re profiling Linda Rosen and her new release, THE DISHARMONY OF SILENCE. Much thanks to Linda for taking the time to include some tips f…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Mar 20, 1:00am -
  • HFAAC: Introducing Jennifer Rosner and THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS

    HFAAC: Introducing Jennifer Rosner and THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS

    Welcome to the latest video in our “Helping Fellow Authors in the Age of COVID-19” (HFAAC) series! Today we’re profiling Jennifer Rosner and her new release, THE YELLOW BIRD SINGS. In Poland, as World War II rages, a mother hides with her young…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 2:00pm -
  • For the Love of Moira – The Arc of a Memorable Character

    For the Love of Moira – The Arc of a Memorable Character

    You are blind to reality and for that I am most proud.” – Moira Rose, Schitt’s Creek Five years ago, the Canadian Broadcasting Company premiered a sitcom conceived by Dan Levy, son of renowned comedy legend Eugene Levy. The story revolves arou…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 7:00am -
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