October 20, 2019

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 […]

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 […]

Self-Publishing Case Studies by Jason Boog

Jason Boog posted his slides from the Media App Summit about the rise and current status of self-publishing (slides 2-3). The case of Cora Carmack (slides 7-8) is especially interesting because it documents the birth of a new genre in 2009, which is now the third most influential genre in sales of self-publishing. Self-Publishing Case […]

Are Book Publisher Mega-Mergers Destructive?

André Schriffrin (founding director of the nonprofit publisher, New Press) asserts that the mega-merger between Penguin and Random House is destructive because the combined firm projects fewer editors and fewer titles. Even so, the combined company would control about one-fourth of all publishing and sales. The future of books does not look good. The chains […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nonfiction Book Proposal Voices: Can You Find Your’s?

Carol Penn-Romine at BookLife offers insights into writing a nonfiction book proposal. Her comments on voice are especially worth repeating and underlining: Show your personality, but be sure the prose is tight. Publishers already have way too much to read, so get your point across as succinctly as possible. If you’re relying on your folksy […]

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 […]

Writing a Bare Bones Synopsis

Beth Anderson has a helpful technique for writing a bare bones synopsis. Coming to this task, Beth recommends that you have in hand your character’s motivations, emotional unresolved issues, back story, and so on–all part of some internal conflict. You need to know what your main characters want and how they plan to get it. […]

Fiction Synopsis Examples: How to Write Your Book Proposal

Chuck Sambuchino at Writer’s Digest recently posted a summary of his synopsis examples for fiction titles. What is most helpful is the range of genres included and Sambuchino’s expressed self-awareness in providing examples. My favorite synopsis (although not my favorite movie in the bunch) is “The Ides of March,” which Sambuchino calls a character-driven thriller. […]