Loading
Find Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Bookmark & Share Subscribe to Feed
Wanna join our 6011 other users? | Register
Menu 

BOOK RIOT

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 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 house…
    - 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

  • new#Audiblegate: How Audible-ACX Returns Policy Penalizes Authors

    #Audiblegate: How Audible-ACX Returns Policy Penalizes Authors

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®Do you have audiobooks on Audible, either through your publisher or via ACX? If so, you'll want to head over to author Susan May's blog.What follows is a long, detailed account of how Audible-ACX has bee…
    - 5 hours ago, 27 Nov 20, 6:23pm -
  • 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…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 1:53pm -
  • Disssecting a Scam: The Literary Scout Impersonator

    Disssecting a Scam: The Literary Scout Impersonator

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®I've written several posts about a fairly new phenomenon in the world of writing scams: scammers that falsely use the names of reputable publishing professionals, including literary agents and publishers,…
    - 15 days ago, 12 Nov 20, 7:03pm -
  • Bad Contract Alert: EMP Entertainment and A&D Entertainment

    Bad Contract Alert: EMP Entertainment and A&D Entertainment

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®Lately I've been hearing from writers who've been solicited by one or another of two companies offering to distribute their books to Webnovel, a Wattpad-like platform based in Asia: EMP Entertainment and…
    - 32 days ago, 26 Oct 20, 5:53pm -
  • Bad Contest Terms: T.A. Barron's Once Upon A Villain Flash Fiction Contest

    Bad Contest Terms: T.A. Barron's Once Upon A Villain Flash Fiction Contest

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®Popular YA/MG author T.A. Barron is running a flash fiction contest. Stories must be 750 words or fewer, and the contest is accepting submissions through Friday, October 23. Three winners will receive pr…
    - 39 days ago, 19 Oct 20, 1:41pm -
  • A New "Beware": Scammers Impersonating Reputable Literary Agents

    A New "Beware": Scammers Impersonating Reputable Literary Agents

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®This post has been updatedI'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.Sc…
    - 41 days ago, 17 Oct 20, 1:18pm -
  • 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…
    - 51 days ago, 7 Oct 20, 2:49pm -
  • Pay-to-Play Alert: Europe Books / Europa Edizioni / Gruppo Albatros Il Filo

    Pay-to-Play Alert: Europe Books / Europa Edizioni / Gruppo Albatros Il Filo

    Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®Over the past few weeks, I've gotten a number of questions about a publisher called Europe Books (EB). It's part of a complex of "brands" under the umbrella of Gruppo Editoriale Europa, including Europ…
    - 63 days ago, 25 Sep 20, 9:47pm -
  • 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…
    - 71 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…
    - 74 days ago, 14 Sep 20, 1:28pm -

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

  • newMaking Illustrated Video Talks as Part of Your Author Strategy

    Making Illustrated Video Talks as Part of Your Author Strategy

    In this strange stay-at-home year, publicity and marketing for authors has been more difficult than ever. It’s not just that physical in-person launches, events, school visits and festivals have had to be cancelled, postponed or streamlined to be s…
    - 18 hours ago, 27 Nov 20, 6:00am -
  • Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Winter 2020

    Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Winter 2020

    This contest submissions season covers deadlines from December 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests. This season includes less opportunities than usua…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 6:00am -
  • The Anti-Doom-Scrolling Diet (Think Tacos)

    The Anti-Doom-Scrolling Diet (Think Tacos)

    Anyone else feel as if they’ve aged a decade in the past year? (Make mine a century.) The continual stream of bad news, the need to doom-scroll Twitter to keep up with the latest dumpster fires, the constant refreshing of reliable information feeds…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 6:00am -
  • Back-Seeding Your Story: Writing in Spirals

    Back-Seeding Your Story: Writing in Spirals

    I’ve been asked every imaginable question during author interviews. When did I decide to become a writer? What was my favorite book in childhood? Which of my characters was the hardest to write? The only question I was flat-out unable to answer was…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 6:00am -
  • The Reward of an Award

    The Reward of an Award

    As the Accolades Collide We are, as you may have noticed, passing through the publishing-award equivalent of what zodiacal scholars sometimes call the “Mercury storm.” At this time each year, many awards programs reach their winner announcements.…
    - 8 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 7:27am -
Recipe Test Nest
Stormseed
MyPopMuse
Jobthusiast Job Search
Shorts Fix

About PopMuse

A curated aggregation of musings from across the land and of different subject matters for the scanoholics.