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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 a…
    - 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

  • Dissecting a Scam: Fact & Fiction Entertainment and Literary Agency

    Dissecting a Scam: Fact & Fiction Entertainment and Literary Agency

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®In the past week, I've gotten two questions about solicitations from a literary agency called Fact & Fiction.* As I've mentioned many times on this blog, it is rare for agents to cold-call writers...but t…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Sep 20, 12:43pm -
  • Alert: Scammers Impersonating Major Publishing Houses

    Alert: Scammers Impersonating Major Publishing Houses

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®A couple of weeks ago I wrote about scammers impersonating reputable literary agents. These are not isolated incidents: I have a growing file of reports and complaints about this growing phenomenon--inclu…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Sep 20, 1:28pm -
  • Contest Beware: "Lovecraft Country" Short Story Contest

    Contest Beware: "Lovecraft Country" Short Story Contest

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®HBO's buzzed-about new series Lovecraft Country has spawned a short story contest: For the Love of the Craft. Co-sponsored by HBO and The Root, the contest invites writers "to pick a decade or an impor…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Sep 20, 4:46pm -
  • 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® Scroll down for updatesA 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 wit…
    - 27 days ago, 28 Aug 20, 7:36pm -
  • Small Press Storm Warnings: Filles Vertes Publishing

    Small Press Storm Warnings: Filles Vertes Publishing

    Scroll down for updatesPosted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®I first heard of Filles Vertes Publishing (FVP) in late February of last year, when I was contacted by a writer wanting to know if I'd received any complaints. I hadn't--but a look…
    - 30 days ago, 25 Aug 20, 5:52pm -
  • A New "Beware": Scammers Impersonating Reputable Literary Agents

    A New "Beware": Scammers Impersonating Reputable Literary Agents

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®I've written about this new "beware" twice already (you can see those posts here and here), but it appears to be a growing problem, so I want to put out a more focused warning.Scammers--the same Philippin…
    - 35 days ago, 20 Aug 20, 12:15pm -
  • The Impersonation Game

    The Impersonation Game

    Scroll down for updatesPosted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware® On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog. It's a familiar meme...which can be turned around. On the internet, nobody knows you're not a dog.I can claim, for instance, to be a wel…
    - 35 days ago, 20 Aug 20, 12:15pm -
  • 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…
    - 56 days ago, 30 Jul 20, 10:05am -
  • Small Press Storm Warnings: Lethe Press, Seventh Star Press

    Small Press Storm Warnings: Lethe Press, Seventh Star Press

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®LETHE PRESSFounded by Steve Berman in 2001, Lethe Press is an LGBTQ-focused independent publisher "specializing in the strange, the eerie, and the uncanny". In a publishing environment where small presse…
    - 63 days ago, 23 Jul 20, 12:18pm -
  • The Impersonation Game Redux

    The Impersonation Game Redux

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®A few months ago, I warned about a scammer impersonating agent Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. The fraudster in question turned out to be yet another of the Philippines-based publish…
    - 66 days ago, 20 Jul 20, 6:10pm -

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

  • newManaging Expectations, One Book at a Time

    Managing Expectations, One Book at a Time

      Managing expectations—is this a thing? I laugh sardonically (or maybe maniacally) even as I write the title. Writers, by definition, are dreamers. We’re creative and our imaginations are dynamic, and naturally, this extends beyond storytelling…
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Sep 20, 7:00am -
  • Crafting Titles That Hook Readers and Optimize Success

    Crafting Titles That Hook Readers and Optimize Success

    Short story titles are important. They are the sizzle that sell your story.  While novels have back cover copy and reviews to help sell them, short stories have only the title to grab a reader’s attention. Take a moment to picture a reader flippin…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 7:00am -
  • Author Up Close: Alexia Gordon—Medicine, Murder, and Classical Music

    Author Up Close: Alexia Gordon—Medicine, Murder, and Classical Music

    In my final 2020 installment of the Author Up Close series, I’m interviewing Alexia Gordon. Alexia is repped by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary Services and published by Henery Press.  She’s been nominated for an Agatha Award, was a final…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 7:00am -
  • Sustaining Hope–An Artist’s Specialty

    Sustaining Hope–An Artist’s Specialty

    Did you read WU on Friday? Monica Bhide submitted a lovely essay, aptly titled Powered by Hope, in which she offers a link to her Sound Bites project of the same name. Monica says she’s providing this service because she knew she “had to do somet…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Sep 20, 7:00am -
  • DiAnn Mills Introduces AIRBORNE

    DiAnn Mills Introduces AIRBORNE

    ROMANCE, SUSPENSE, AND ADVENTURE! DiANN MILLS DELIVERS ALL THREE IN AIRBORNE Dear Reader, Airborne follows the story of Houston FBI agent Heather Lawrence as she works under quarantine to find the person responsible for deliberately unleashing a dead…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Sep 20, 7:00am -
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