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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 →
    - 28 days ago, 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…
    - 99 days ago, 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

  • 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…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Jun 18, 12:31pm -
  • Trademark Shenanigans: Weighing In On #Cockygate

    Trademark Shenanigans: Weighing In On #Cockygate

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you're a writer, and you hang out on Twitter and Facebook, you've probably heard about #cockygate.If you haven't....An author named Faleena Hopkins has registered two separate trademarks for the word "c…
    - 16 days ago, 3 Jun 18, 8:35pm -
  • The Law Finally Catches Up With Tate Publishing & Enterprises

    The Law Finally Catches Up With Tate Publishing & Enterprises

    This post has been updated.Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Today, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed eight felony charges and one misdemeanor charge against Ryan and Richard Tate, respectively CEO and founder of vanity publisher…
    - 33 days ago, 17 May 18, 12:17pm -
  • Contract Red Flag Alert: Perpetual License for Derivative Rights

    Contract Red Flag Alert: Perpetual License for Derivative Rights

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware SFWA's Contracts Committee has recently been seeing a proliferation of contracts from small magazines, and a very few established markets, that license all derivative rights in perpetuity.This is a red fla…
    - 47 days ago, 3 May 18, 11:37am -
  • Red Flag Alert: Loiacono Literary Agency, Swetky Literary Agency, Warner Literary Group

    Red Flag Alert: Loiacono Literary Agency, Swetky Literary Agency, Warner Literary Group

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware In the late 1990s, when Writer Beware first started up, the digital revolution was just peeking over the horizon. Traditional publishing was still the only path to publication, and literary agents were the…
    - 53 days ago, 27 Apr 18, 6:26pm -
  • 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…
    - 55 days ago, 25 Apr 18, 12:37pm -
  • Solicitation (and Plagiarism) Alert: Legaia Books / Paperclips Magazine

    Solicitation (and Plagiarism) Alert: Legaia Books / Paperclips Magazine

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware When the late, unlamented Tate Publishing & Enterprises went belly-up a few months ago, I started hearing from Tate authors who were being contacted by self-publishing companies and other for-profit enter…
    - 61 days ago, 19 Apr 18, 11:55am -
  • Solicitation Alert: Book-Art Press Solutions and Window Press Club

    Solicitation Alert: Book-Art Press Solutions and Window Press Club

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware I'm getting a lot of questions from authors who've been solicited by an Author Solutions-style author services company called Book-Art Press Solutions.Book-Art Press's website dangles the carrot of free p…
    - 66 days ago, 14 Apr 18, 1:41pm -
  • Publishers Weekly Includes Two Vanity Publishers in its List of Fast-Growing Independent Presses

    Publishers Weekly Includes Two Vanity Publishers in its List of Fast-Growing Independent Presses

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Once again, Publishers Weekly's annual overview of fast-growing independent publishers features not only innovative indies, but publishers whose business model is largely built on author fees: Morgan James…
    - 67 days ago, 13 Apr 18, 1:35pm -
  • Lawsuits, Liens, and Lost URLs: The Latest on America Star Books / PublishAmerica

    Lawsuits, Liens, and Lost URLs: The Latest on America Star Books / PublishAmerica

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware This post was written in August 2017, and chronicles the abrupt disappearance of PublishAmerica/America Star Books. It has now been over six months since the company vanished. Writer Beware thinks it's saf…
    - 73 days ago, 7 Apr 18, 11:39pm -

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

  • newThe Editor’s Clinic: Context is All

    The Editor’s Clinic:  Context is All

    If you want to learn how to write more effectively (and if you’re reading this, I assume you do), the hardest lesson you face is learning how everything else you learn fits together.  Context controls everything.  Techniques that work in one situ…
    - 11 hours ago, 19 Jun 18, 7:00am -
  • Asking Myself Why I Write… Again

    Asking Myself Why I Write… Again

    I’m certain all of us have asked the question. Why am I doing this? Some more often than others, I’m sure. As in, “Why am I putting myself through this?” Particularly when stuck, or while collecting noes during submissions. Or after a dauntin…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Jun 18, 7:00am -
  • The Hack’s Guide to Paying it Forward

    The Hack’s Guide to Paying it Forward

    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. Think of all the writers who have helped you out over the year…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jun 18, 7:00am -
  • Authors Guild: Solitude and Solidarity

    Authors Guild: Solitude and Solidarity

    Writers, among some of the most solitary workers in the world, can find growing support and services in a newly redirected Authors Guild that favors the majority, not the few. Writing Alone, Working Together To quote the immortal Alistair Cooke on Ma…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Jun 18, 8:38am -
  • Whiff of Death, Meet Moment of Clarity

    Whiff of Death, Meet Moment of Clarity

    On May 28, Sharon Bially posted a wonderful piece here on Writer Unboxed on linking motive to purpose. She defined purpose as: [T]he unique gift we each bring to the world and always have. Our purpose has been leading us through our whole lives, in e…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Jun 18, 3:00am -
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