February 25, 2020

NOT Signing the Publishing (or Editing) Deal

Jill Konrath has a short video on “Sales Integrity Is Being Willing to Not Sell Something.” As her examples point out, doing this is tough, especially when taking the deal meets goals or provides relief. Recently an author approached for advice about his publishing situation. He had received a publishing agreement from a smaller publisher. […]

3 Questions Your Book Proposal Must Answer – Marketing Profs

Marketing Profs posted an article that fits well with writing a book proposal or query letter. When working business to business (B2B), it is important to have “a provocative point of view,” one with narrative qualities. Writing your book query and book proposal is an author-to-literary agent situation. Many book proposals that I review offer […]

Why Publisher Rejections May Strengthen Your Results

Could the good news for authors of scientific papers be a consolation to authors of fiction and nonfiction? The news: scientific authors submitted their papers to the most prestigious journals and, if declined there, were submitted to a journal with slightly less prestige, reports Phil Davis in his blog, “Mapping the Flow of Rejected Manuscripts.” […]

10 Lessons from the world’s most captivating presenters

What Would Steve Do? 10 Lessons from the World’s Most Captivating Presenters from HubSpot All-in-one Marketing Software

Author Body-Language Cheat Sheet and the Dangers of Cliches

Carol Kaufman wrote The Writer’s Guide to Psychology . Her purpose? To help authors better communicate to readers behaviors that can suggest, say, agitation without telling readers this. She offers a free “Body Language Cheat Sheet,” which is helpful, especially in getting an author’s mind to get just the right clues. Yet, I feel compelled […]

Authors, have times changed? Blogger to review best sellers of last 100 years

Some might think that blogger Matt Kahn’s goal to read and review each year’s best seller from 1913 to present as an ambitious hobby. Others, a horrible waste of time. I see it as a project to be watched and welcomed when completed. Matt plans not only to do a content or plot review but […]

What authors want–and need

Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest hosted a webinar on February 7, 2013, that is now in their members’ webcast archives The content is based on their extensive research and is for sale (at $295). I attended the event, but have not yet purchased the findings, which are based on surveys of 5,000 authors. Here […]

Literary Agency E-Book Operations Now Reaching Outward

Publishers Lunch Deluxe reports that Trident Media Group has moved its ebook operations to TMG–a separate division–so that it can service other literary agencies in a manner similar to its own agency publications. John Campbell agency is expected to convert its 25-book backlist into ebooks. The news release quoted Robert Gottlieb, chairman of Trident, as […]

Author Platform: Use Google-Plus new community feature [video]

Google-Plus now lets users build and join communities. View a one-minute promotional video or use this YouTube link. In a previous post today, I noted that author platforms are about building community. And this is how authors can grow their readership as well as their small business. Hubspot offers these insights: What Are Google+ Communities? […]

How to Fix “13 Hilarious Examples of Truly Awful Stock Photography”?

Hubspot.com has posted “13 Hilarious Examples of Truly Awful Stock Photography.” While I am glad not to see my pics from 123rf.com (where I get my graphics). I am embarrassed at how close some of them come. On the right is a portion of the search box on my image service. How do you humanize […]