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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

  • 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 -
  • 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 -

Writer Beware Blog

  • Scam Down Under: Love of Books Brisbane / Julie "Jules" McGregor

    Scam Down Under: Love of Books Brisbane / Julie "Jules" McGregor

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware It's a familiar story.Entrepreneur sets up publishing company. Publishing company charges fees, but it's not a vanity publisher--certainly not! Authors are just investing in their own success.But...oh dear…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Mar 19, 1:02pm -
  • Author Complaints Mount at Curiosity Quills Press

    Author Complaints Mount at Curiosity Quills Press

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThis post has been updated.I first started hearing about Curiosity Quills Press in 2016, because of its unusual early termination fees. Not that early termination fees themselves are unusual (unfortunately)…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Mar 19, 5:21pm -
  • AMS Literary Agency: Approach With Caution

    AMS Literary Agency: Approach With Caution

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware When Writer Beware was founded, an embarrassingly long time ago, most of the questions and complaints we received involved literary agents: from scammers charging fees or engaging in kickback schemes, to w…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Mar 19, 1:50pm -
  • Publishing Contract Red Flag: When a Publisher Claims Copyright on Edits

    Publishing Contract Red Flag: When a Publisher Claims Copyright on Edits

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware It's not all that common, but I do see it from time to time in small press publishing contracts that I review: a publisher explicitly claiming ownership of the editing it provides, or making the claim impl…
    - 24 days ago, 24 Feb 19, 12:38pm -
  • Publishizer: Do Authors Really Need a Crowdfunding Literary Agency?

    Publishizer: Do Authors Really Need a Crowdfunding Literary Agency?

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewarePublishizer bills itself as "the world's first crowdfunding literary agency." What does that actually mean? From the company's FAQ:Publishizer is a crowdfunding platform that matches authors with publisher…
    - 34 days ago, 14 Feb 19, 12:15pm -
  • De Montfort Literature: Career Jumpstart or Literary Sweatshop?

    De Montfort Literature: Career Jumpstart or Literary Sweatshop?

    This post has been updatedPosted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I was planning on writing about De Montfort Literature myself, but Alliance of Independent Authors watchdog John Doppler beat me to it, with this excellent warning post.Started by…
    - 34 days ago, 13 Feb 19, 6:03pm -
  • Army of Clones, Part 2: Twenty-One (More) Publishing and Marketing "Services" to Beware Of

    Army of Clones, Part 2: Twenty-One (More) Publishing and Marketing "Services" to Beware Of

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last January, I wrote a post about a new and rapidly-growing scam: Philippines-based publishing and "marketing" companies that have copied the Author Solutions business model, and are using it to rip off w…
    - 61 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 10:42am -
  • Can We Get a Do-Over? Harper's Bazaar Removes Predatory Rights Language For Its 2019 Short Story Competition

    Can We Get a Do-Over? Harper's Bazaar Removes Predatory Rights Language For Its 2019 Short Story Competition

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareYesterday, a number of writers alerted me to this writing competition for UK authors:Harper’s Bazaar has a proud tradition of publishing the very best in original literary fiction, including stories by…
    - 68 days ago, 11 Jan 19, 1:03pm -
  • The Best of Writer Beware: 2018 in Review

    The Best of Writer Beware: 2018 in Review

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareHappy New Year! It's time for Writer Beware's annual (well, sort of annual; I missed the last couple of years) look back at the most notable posts of 2018.New Scams, Old TricksPublishing and marketing scams…
    - 75 days ago, 4 Jan 19, 1:21pm -
  • Small Press Storm Warnings: Fiery Seas Publishing

    Small Press Storm Warnings: Fiery Seas Publishing

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In March of 2014, a small press called Entranced Publishing closed its doors less than a year after issuing its first books, amid a haze of lies, unpaid authors and staff, and bizarre claims about a chan…
    - 75 days ago, 4 Jan 19, 12:57pm -

Your Book Authors

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Writer Unboxed

  • newThe Lessons of Genre

    The Lessons of Genre

    I once heard an editor say that, if you wanted to break into print, turn your current work into a mystery. Just pick a character, kill them off, and go from there. Not great advice, but there is some truth behind it. It’s always been easier to brea…
    - 22 hours ago, 19 Mar 19, 7:00am -
  • Layers of Antagonism, and Why You Should Embrace Them

    Layers of Antagonism, and Why You Should Embrace Them

    Does your WIP have an antagonist? Just one? Are you sure? My question is asked only partly in jest. Not to be antagonistic, but I’m guessing that many if not most of you have several layers of antagonism in your work, whether you’ve created them…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Mar 19, 7:00am -
  • Author Up Close: Linda Seed’s Self-Publishing Success

    Author Up Close: Linda Seed’s Self-Publishing Success

    Welcome to the second installment of Author Up Close, the series that explores several authors’ paths to publishing. If you missed the first in the series, a Q&A with author Fiona Zedde, you can read it here. There are probably as many articles abo…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Mar 19, 7:00am -
  • 12 Things You Have to Give Up to Be a Successful Writer

    12 Things You Have to Give Up to Be a Successful Writer

      I get letters from aspiring writers from time to time. Here’s one of them now: Dear Famous Author Bill Ferris: I want to be a successful writer, but it takes time and hard work, both of which suck. How do I become a success without having to wor…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Mar 19, 7:00am -
  • Writer Unboxed UnConference, 2019: Announcing Open Registration

    Writer Unboxed UnConference, 2019: Announcing Open Registration

    It’s been three years, and finally the Writer Unboxed UnConference is back! Part symposium. Part networking affair. Part workshop. Part retreat. Unlike other conferences, our hybrid event will not focus on the business of writing; there will be…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Mar 19, 7:00am -
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