What Publishers Look For in a Query Letter
Having worked for several years as an acquisitions editor for a small press, I believe I have seen a few thousand, if not more, queries come into my e-mail inbox. That said, I am sure I have seen many examples of how not to write a query, as well as the rare few that inspired me to open the manuscript. If you are serious about submitting a book to a publisher or agent, and having said industry expert offer you a contract, you need the right hook that gets your book read and evaluated. It is not uncommon for editors and agents to pass on a project based upon a poorly structured query.Writing, Publishing, Creativity, and Thanksgiving
As Thanksgiving rolls around this year I am thinking about a talk I just gave to a group of writers. I was telling them about my decisions and struggles to become a writer myself, the efforts to write during breaks at work, the need to promote my writing and how I finally made the jump to become a publisher nearly twenty years ago.Are EBooks Taking Over Paper Books?
The demise of paper books at the hands of their more modern digital counterparts have been announced as a done fact for years, but fact is, people still buy paperbacks and enjoy the feeling of picking a real book from the shelves of a bookstore. Are eBooks taking over paper books? Not really, but they are without a doubt giving them a run for their money.Readers Against Indie-Publishing – The Wrong Battle Is Being Fought
Recently I’ve been following a discussion on the Amazon forums about how to avoid indie authors. When I saw the title, I frowned, and clicked into it to begin reading. Considering the title, negativity was expected, but it was pretty harsh at times.Getting Published and Finding a Mainstream Publisher
One question that I frequently hear from new authors is how do you get published by a mainstream publisher? It isn’t easy – and it’s become more competitive than ever, since agents and publishers are looking for authors with a platform – some way that these authors already stand out, such as by speaking, acquiring a large following in the social media, getting stories about them in the news, or being a regular guest on TV shows. I’d like to suggest a series of steps to break through.Writing and Publishing Today
The last year has been filled with uncertainty because of all the transitions in the publishing industry. As a result, many writers have been searching for new directions with the collapse of the economy and transition in the publishing industry to high-profile celebrity authors.5 Ways to Publish Your Book: Self-Publish or Mainstream?
For a writer that wants to see their book published, they can follow either the self publishing route or the traditional mainstream publishing approach. With self-publishing, there are a number of variations on the theme as described in this article, ranging from doing everything yourself, to handing your work over completely to an outsourcing company or various middling approaches with some use of external self publishing services.Why Choose Self-Publishing?
So while traditional publishing doors closed, she noticed the emergence of self-publishing and decided to give it a try. So on 15th April 2010, she self-published her first book in the My Blood Approves series and sold it on Amazon. This was followed by a second novel and sales started to pick up as she promoted it on the internet on various blog sites with the paranormal romance fans.Photo Book Deals – How to Get Deals for Publishing
There is currently a decline in the readership of American novel, picture books and auto biographies which is why many writers are constantly searching for the photo book deals. The traditional road to success in publication is filled with numerous road blocks which are the major factor that make it relatively hard for budding authors to succeed in the industry. Disappointment is inevitable when you choose this path so it is mandatory to expect it at some point.Final Proofreading Checklist for Your Book
Is your book ready to be submitted to the book printer? Really?? Use this checklist to make sure your book is truly ready to go to print.