October 20, 2019

Literary Agents: Subscribe to Publishers Lunch

Jason Boog–editor of GalleyCat and managing editor of AppNewser–recently posted a blog titled “5 Ways to Find an Agent for Your Book.” I want to plug his last item, which is a favorite of mine. Jason’s first four items are solid, but things one can read several places (including my own blog entries): Follow agents […]

Author Platform: Generate Reader Interest by Engaging Readers on a Personal Level

“The whole idea behind social media for authors is that engaging readers on a personal level with unique content generates reader interest and creates reader loyalty,” writes Laura Kay, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nearly a dozen titles. Laura’s latest blog post lists 13 steps or ways to generate or […]

Kindle Digital Platform, iBookstore, and Top Earning Authors

Not a Gold Rush: The Taleist 2012 Self-Publishing Survey by Dave Cornfield and Steven Lewis is chock full of information from over 1,000 self-published authors. Among top earners–the top 10 percent who judge they could live from their earnings–they have books for sale in more places (as of February 2012): Kindle¬† +43% more than non-top-earning […]

Press Releases that Fit the Crime, Romance, or Nonfiction Work

David Cornford and Steven Lewis have published Not a Gold Rush: The 2012 Taleist Self-Publishing Survey (Taleist, 2012). While I am still digesting the comparisons made, especially between the top earners and the remainder of those surveyed, it offers some of the first detailed information about self-publishing authors and their practices. The author descriptions at […]

Are the New Short Book Proposals for You?

Lisa Tener, literary agent, posted “The New Short Book Proposal” on Huffington. Is this something for you? Going short means removing some of the length in your strong areas in order to give literary agents or publishers’ editors a quick read–and the possibility to pick it up sooner and make a favorable decision (the short […]

Author Platform Basic Set-up (Part 2)

My previous blog on platforms pointed to the increasing need for authors to develop a following: “persons you can bring into the promotion and sales of your book” (Kate Epstein). Here I’d like to dig a little deeper to say more about how to do this. I’m writing for persons who really haven’t entered into […]

Author Testimonials – How Important Are They?

My Literary Coach doesn’t solicit or post testimonials or endorsements on our website. This practice we list as one of the five practices that distinguish us from similar sounding services. Should we rethink this policy? Sue Duris might keep things as is. In a recent Marketing Profs posting, she opens with this story: I recently […]

Your Elevator Pitch to Literary Agents

Seth Godin is an iconoclastic marketing guru whose books and blogs are often a hoot. Here is the middle-part of his entry from October 22, 2012: The best elevator pitch doesn’t pitch your project. It pitches the meeting about your project. The best elevator pitch is true, stunning, brief and it leaves the listener eager […]

Literary Agent Ted Weinstein on Book Proposals

Ted Weinstein, literary agent, on book proposals Ted Weinstein has done a nice job on this video. His advice, however, applies to nonfiction works. Most authors are surprised, but the US publishing market is about 80 percent nonfiction and only 20 percent fiction. Weinstein focuses on the author selling a proposal to a literary agent, […]

Author Platform: What to Do when You Don’t Have One

  Planet Earth Reiki Galaxyoffers encouragement for creating a platform–you know, a soapbox from which you can build visibility before submitting proposals. Good advice. Recently, a new client asked whether this is an iron-clad rule. “If I don’t have a platform, am I simply wasting opportunities to get published?” In a word, yes. It needs […]