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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

  • 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

  • Contest Beware: Fiction War Magazine

    Contest Beware: Fiction War Magazine

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Fiction War Magazine, owned by Wolvesburrow Productions ("a front-to-back engineer of design, publishing, in print, and online content"), is a publisher of flash fiction (500-1,000 words). In addition to a…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Oct 18, 12:27pm -
  • The Continued Decline of Author Solutions

    The Continued Decline of Author Solutions

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last week, Bowker released its periodic report on ISBN output in the self-publishing field, updated with 2016 and 2017 figures.There are many interesting bits of information in the report--including Create…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Oct 18, 12:20pm -
  • Vanity Publisher Alert: Novum Publishing, United P.C. Publisher

    Vanity Publisher Alert: Novum Publishing, United P.C. Publisher

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareNovum Publishing is an Austria-based publisher that has expanded into several countries, including the UK and the USA. It also does business as United P.C. Publisher, and is incorporated in Florida as WS…
    - 11 days ago, 11 Oct 18, 12:57pm -
  • De Montfort Literature: Career Jumpstart or Literary Sweatshop?

    De Montfort Literature: Career Jumpstart or Literary Sweatshop?

    Posted 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 hedge fund manager Jonath…
    - 18 days ago, 4 Oct 18, 1:36pm -
  • Author Complaints Mount at Curiosity Quills Press

    Author Complaints Mount at Curiosity Quills Press

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware 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): I see them fairly often…
    - 18 days ago, 4 Oct 18, 11:17am -
  • Contest Caution: Waldorf Publishing's Manuscript Contest

    Contest Caution: Waldorf Publishing's Manuscript Contest

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Another contest! I seem to be writing about these a lot lately.This contest is from Waldorf Publishing, which is "is always seeking new talent to add to our extensive roster." I'm going to count the red f…
    - 20 days ago, 2 Oct 18, 1:29pm -
  • 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…
    - 24 days ago, 28 Sep 18, 8:06pm -
  • Contest Caution: The Short Story Project's My Best Story Competition

    Contest Caution: The Short Story Project's My Best Story Competition

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareThis post has been updated.There's another big-money writing competition in town: The Short Story Project's My Best Story contest.The Short Story Project (TSSP) offers customized lists of curated short st…
    - 38 days ago, 14 Sep 18, 4:43pm -
  • Army of Clones: Author Solutions Spawns a Legion of Copycats

    Army of Clones: Author Solutions Spawns a Legion of Copycats

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareI don't think there's much dispute that the many "imprints" under the Author Solutions umbrella are among the most negatively regarded of all the author services companies.From the predatory business pr…
    - 61 days ago, 22 Aug 18, 12:45pm -
  • Author Rachel Ann Nunes Wins Her Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against an Amazon Scammer

    Author Rachel Ann Nunes Wins Her Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against an Amazon Scammer

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIn 2014, author Rachel Ann Nunes learned that her 1998 novel, A Bid For Love, had been plagiarized in its entirety by someone calling themselves Sam Taylor Mullens. Re-titled The Auction Bid, the book was…
    - 80 days ago, 3 Aug 18, 1:34pm -

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

  • newResurrecting a Shelved Manuscript: Good Idea or Waste of Time?

    Resurrecting a Shelved Manuscript: Good Idea or Waste of Time?

    I had grand plans for my next historical manuscript. The idea was solid, the plot outlined, and an experimental first chapter written. I’ve read that chapter twice now. The voice is compelling, the writing a level or two above ‘crappy first draft…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Oct 18, 7:00am -
  • Take Five: Sarah McCoy and Marilla of Green Gables

    Take Five: Sarah McCoy and Marilla of Green Gables

    We’re thrilled to help celebrate the release of Sarah McCoy’s latest novel, releasing this coming Tuesday, October 23rd: MARILLA OF GREEN GABLES! Sarah isn’t just a beloved WU contributor, she is a New York Times bestselling novelist. More from…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 18, 7:00am -
  • The Hack’s Guide to Writing an Outline

    The Hack’s Guide to Writing an Outline

    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. Science fiction Grand Master Joe Haldeman once told me, “If…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 18, 7:00am -
  • But How Much Are You Reading?

    But How Much Are You Reading?

    Listening Up For me, it’s always a kind of relief to write a piece for Writer Unboxed. That’s because you, Unboxed one, are among the most consistent elements of publishing. Writers tend to work through the upheavals of the industry by focusing e…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Oct 18, 7:40am -
  • 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…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Oct 18, 7:00am -
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