July 16, 2019

Customization, not Information

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 […]

3 Ways in which novels and screenplays are similar

  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, […]

Authors, Engage Readers with QR Codes

Emily Craven, guest blogger at The Creative Penn, has an excellent article on how authors can use QR codes to engage readers. QR codes are free to generate, and they can direct a smart phone user to any website or media link, such as a YouTube video, a donation page, or a discount coupon. The […]

Keeping a Character’s Internal Narrative Congruent with Reality

Livia Blackburne has posted “7 Reasons Agents Stop Reading Your First Chapter” on Writer’s Digest website. Read the other six reasons. I want to comment on item 7, because I have encountered this more than a few times: 7. Unrealistic internal narrative: Make sure a character’s internal narrative—what the character is thinking or feeling—matches up […]

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 […]

Adding Value: A Simple Concept for Publishing

Bob Mayer, a much published author, has posted “A Simple Concept for Publishing.” Here’s the whole thing: The story is the product. Not the book, not the eBook, not the audio book. Only, the story. The consumer is the reader. Not the bookstores, not the platform, not the distributor, not the sales force. The Reader. […]

Probe for Character Development in Nonfiction Books

Meena Thiruvengadam offers insight into how three journalists turned their beats into books. Of these, Kristen Grind story provides insight for non-journalists. Grind covered Washington Mutual for about six months before it failed on September 25, 2008, when regulators seized assets. Her book, The Lost Bank, details the biggest bank failure in U.S. history. Grind […]

Non Fiction Book Proposal — Sample Chapter

Tamara Palmer, The Feast, posted an exclusive look into Eddie Huang’s sample chapter of his book proposal. Eddie has just gotten a deal with Random House for his memoir about growing up as a Chinese American. A New York restauranteur, his bun was voted best in 2010. In his memoir, he reveals that his SAT […]

Janet Reid’s Query Shark Advice for Fiction Writers

An author friend recently raved about Query Shark by Janet Reid. After returning to it–I was last on several months ago–I had to agree. Janet offers the best practical advice to fiction writers for composing their query letters. The benefit of Janet’s blog is two-fold: First, her comments are in context reacting to actual author […]

Questions to Ask a Literary Agent to Determine Best Fit

Some elements of the author-agent relationship include finding: Someone you feel comfortable enough to approach Someone you trust as a source of information Someone you enjoy working with and who will do a good job In prior blogs, I offered variations of these considerations as the 3 most important factors when considering a literary agent: […]