November 28, 2015

How to Increase Word Length in a Fiction Manuscript


Recently, an author approached me for help with a good-type problem: for his romantic suspense the author’s manuscript was 65,000 words, but the literary agent needed a minimum of 80,000 words. With the typical double-spaced manuscript, this is an additional 60 pages–too many pages only to add more description or internal dialogue. Way too many to add […]

Kindle Sales Help New Fiction Authors Attract Traditional Publishers

KIndle can help fiction authors build their sales case with traditional publishers

“Could Shave 12 to 18 Months off Typically Long Timeline for First Novel” My Literary Coach announces a new service and strategy for aspiring fiction authors who have a manuscript, but no agent or traditional publisher—which pays publication costs and gives authors a royalty on all sales. “The problem most new authors have is this: […]

Customization, not Information

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How much information should be given away on websites, in webinars, or through eBooks? If a new ;product or service launch doesn’t go as well as its sponsors had hoped, did they give away too much? Overload their viewers? Or, give them enough to work on without purchasing more information? Justin Livingston, co-founder of Lucrative […]

Author Promotion — Personal Branding

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The hardest problem to fix when authors contact me is the lack of an author platform. If you are just getting started on one, then read this blog through and proceed to basic set up: How to use your author name consistently across all social media. After you have set up your accounts, you will […]

Author platform: Do more than word of mouth

Author publicity, author promotion styles offers a report about small business publicity in which over twice as many (79%) depend on word of mouth (WOM) to promote their business than social media (35%). Businesses use advertising almost in between at 44%. The Hiscox Small Business Survey also small businesses offering IT/media services or business services were much more likely […]

Author Platform: You cannot Tweet your way to success


The title is copied from Publishers Weekly email offer to authors. Old school now is thinking that social media forms the basis of your platform and that blogging at least weekly is your microphone. New school is grasping your current and future role in the process. Not only are you, the author, the hub of […]

When should authors enter contests?

Author promotion contests

Recently, a good friend contacted me about helping her nomination to final in Circle of Moms Top 25 Book Author Moms contest for 2012. The contest is sponsored annually by the Association of Journalists and Authors. This contest simply counts votes, and she earned enough to place among the top 25 authors. Her book is […]

How Much Should an Ebook Cost?

Simon and Schuster (one of the big six publishers) has purchased Author Solutions and opened a self-publishing service called Archway Publishing. Author Solutions is big, but not my favorite. I have worked with authors who have paid more than $10,000 (without marketing or publicity) to get their book published. Pearson paid more than $119 million […]

3 Ways in which novels and screenplays are similar

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  Michael Ferris, a former Hollywood Lit Manager, now helps writers get their foot in the door. He has a great post, “7 Ways Writing a Screenplay Is Different than Writing a Novel.” In the middle of his presentation, Ferris elucidates helpful points for fiction writers. He says, On the physical pages of the script, […]

10 Mistakes in Book Proposal Query Letters

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You have finished your novel and now want to get a literary agent. After drafting your agent query letter or email, here’s a checklist of things you should NOT do. 411: What they have in common is that you should not say or demonstrate that you are inexperienced, boring, or incapable of good writing. 1. […]