December 16, 2018

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

“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: […]

When should authors enter 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

  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, […]

Get a Fresh Angle in Author Book Proposal–Don’t Just Be Persistent

  USA Today posted an article about Tom Fields-Meyer who shopped his proposal for a book about raising a son with autism. His persistence over several years finally paid off in that his book is now being published. Persistence–sustained action in making an outcome happen–is not the key take-away, in my opinion. The fresh angle […]

Self-publishing eBook marketing essentials

Alison Horton has posted “5 Essentials of eBook Marketing.” They are: Create a killer cover Build your own bookstore Build and talk to your fan base Be your biggest fan Leverage that metadata, especially keywords The biggest surprise for me was item 4 and the way item 3 was described: To build your fan base, […]

To Get a Literary Agent, Make Your Query Letter–and Manuscript–Lean

Mike Wells is an American bestselling thriller and suspense author who also teaches creative writing at Oxford University. He is known for fast-paced, ‘unputdownable’ novels. His 5 Steps to Landing a Good Literary Agent is a helpful read. I want to focus on a side comment he makes: The main problem most writers have when […]

6 Notes about the Book Proposal that Got Lena Dunham a $3.7 Million Deal

Lena Dunham’s Not that Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” garnered a $3.7 million book deal from Random House. Download the 66-page proposal. Here are some of the things I see. 1. I usually recommend that the entire proposal be in Times New Roman, 12-point. Lena has gotten into character […]

Sell Books through Twitter?

GalleyCat has a story about David Wolman, contributing editor to Wired, testing out Chirpify.com software that permits users to conduct purchases (or make donations) without leaving their Twitter.com or Instagram.com stream. The video on Chirpify says, “No more ‘add to cart.’ No more ‘check-out.’” And, “no more credit card forms.” The video gives the impression […]