Thank you for your information about the search for publishers and agents, Jane Friedman!
If you have a book idea or a manuscript, one of your first questions is probably:
How do I find a publisher?
Or, if you’re more advanced in your knowledge of book publishing, you may ask:
How do I find a literary agent?
The good news: there’s no shortage of resources for researching publishers and agents. The bad news: you can easily spend hours going down the rabbit hole of available information.
Derek Haines provides us with a post about the best free tools Amazon has to offer its authors. Thank you very much, Derek!
on Just Publishing Advice:
Are you planning to self-publish your first book on Amazon?
For new authors, Amazon self-publishing is the simplest, and a free way to publish your book.
If you plan on writing a book or have already written one, there are many free tools available that will make publishing your book with Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) much easier.
Before you rush in and upload your manuscript, here are some must-have tools that will help you publish a better book.
Self-publishing for the first time
Free tools to help you succeed
Book Description Generator
Nicholas Rossis, as usual, provides us with excellent advice on a topic that is interesting to many of us writers: ghostwriting services. Thank you, Nicholas!
Besides my freelance SEO copywriting, I have ghostwritten a book, which is awaiting publication (more on that soon!).
Anyone interested in this line of work should send their potential clients to this article to ensure a good collaboration.
Written from the point of view of the client, I list here some things I discovered in the process, like when you need a ghostwriter and how to choose the right one for you.
I found an interesting article published by Laurisa White Reyes. Thank you so much for your advice, Laurisa
on Fiction University:
If you are not comfortable tooting your own horn, welcome to the club. Writers tend to be introverts by nature. Most of us do not like drawing attention to ourselves. In fact, give us a quiet corner in an empty house for hours on end, and we’d be quite content – as long as we have our computers to keep us company.
But if you want to sell books, you need fans – not fans of your books – fans of YOU! It’s not always about the story you’ve written. Yes, of course, you want your readers to love your books, and they will. But before they ever hit that BUY link on Amazon, they must have a good reason for doing so, and that reason is their loyalty to you as a person.
Erica Verillo provides us with 26 writing conferences in September. Thank you so much, Erica!
on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
While many fall writing conferences have been rescheduled, most are going ahead as planned via online formats. You can still attend workshops, presentations, readings, discussions, lectures, and critiques via Zoom.
Conferences often offer scholarships, but these have deadlines. If one of these conferences interests you, put the scholarship deadline date on your calendar for next year, or for whenever the conference rolls around again.
Nicholas Rossis gives us insight into seven ways to boost our author brand. Thank you so much for this great post, Nicholas!
The inspiration (and Infographic) for this post came from Resume Now, which has an article about branding yourself. While they are focusing on job applications, what they say is remarkably useful for those building an author brand, too. I am summarizing below, but I suggest you also visit the original post for more ideas and examples of successful brands.
How to Develop an Author Brand
Developing an author brand helps add value and credibility to your books. Here are seven steps to help you get started.
1. Find a Niche
The first step in building your author brand is to find your niche. Some questions to help foster this process are:
- What are your passions and interests?
- What credentials do you possess?
- What types of writing do you particularly love working on?
- What makes you forget to look at the clock?
It’s crucial to find a niche that can evolve with you. Your interests are not stagnant, so choosing an area of focus with growth potential is crucial for long-term satisfaction.
2. Determine a Target Audience
Once you’ve identified your niche, you should figure out who your target audience is and how to tailor your author brand to them.
Another fantastic article, published by Kristen Lamb, author, speaker, self-acclaimed ‘professional troublemaker’ and wonderful person! Thank you, Kristen!
Finding our focus has never been easy. Many of us have always lacked direction and fallen short on “clarity.” We’d multitasked ourselves into a daily fugue state long before COVID and quarantines and Zoom upended our lives.
Time somehow seeped through an unseen hole, leaking away one errand, email, trip, chore, or event at a time.
Ironically, I wrote a blog post Quiet: Have We Forgotten to Be Still in a World That Never Stops? back in February.
Um, so yeah. Oops. #CarefulWhatYouWishFor
Yet, to be blunt? At the time I wrote that blog, our Normal meant living life strapped to Hell’s Tilt-A-Whirl every…single…day. That is NOT healthy. We needed rest, quiet time and peace, yet we were threadbare and run ragged.
I apologize for not posting for a while. It’s been VERY odd, especially since I’ve posted religiously no matter what for almost fourteen years. Suffice to say, this year—which started with yet another death in the family—had me ground down and exhausted. I seriously needed a sabbatical to recharge.
On the ‘Writer’s Beware’ blog I found the article below, written by Victoria Strauss. I think, it really is important we all are aware of the scams and we share the information to help many others keeping their eyes open. Thank you, Victoria.
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware®
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about scammers impersonating reputable literary agents
. These are not isolated incidents: I have a growing file of reports and complaints about this growing phenomenon–including from writers who’ve lost large amounts of money.
Now publishers are being impersonated as well. Here are a couple of examples of the kind of thing I’m seeing.
Here’s the pitch one author received from “Michael Smith” of “HarperCollins” (see the email address):
To pass the “1st stage of the acquisition” of their book, and move on to “an exclusive contract,” the author had already been persuaded (by “agent” Arial Brown, who is as fake as this offer) to hand over more than $8,000 for a new website and YouTube video. Now, in order to proceed to the next stage, they must shell out still more cash for “Developmental Editing and Content Editing.” But not to worry–all that spending is in aid of big rewards down the line:
Erica Verillo, thank you for providing us with the names and information of four UK agents seeking our work! We really appreciate it!
on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:
Here are four UK agents expanding their client lists.
Mark “Stan” Stanton is always on the lookout for new crime writers. He is actively searching for new novelists and non-fiction projects.
Jamie Cowen is looking for genre fiction of all kinds, including crime, thrillers, SF, fantasy and horror, and all fiction for young adults. He is also looking for sport-related non-fiction, and commercial narrative non-fiction, and is keen to see submissions of all genres from BAME and LGBTQ writers.
Julian Alexander represents fiction and nonfiction of all kinds, from history and medicine, heartwarming memoir, to illustrated books, to edgy detective novels and fast paced thrillers.
John Ash is seeking literary fiction, ambitious fantasy, and anything with a dark vein of humour running through it. On the non-fiction side, he loves to read literary and unusual narrative non-fiction and memoir, and is especially interested in writing on music, cultural history, nature and art.
Always check the agency website and agent bio before submitting. Agents can switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.
K. M. Weiland provides us with a blog post describing misconceptions about being a writer. Thank you very much, K. M. Weiland!
on Helping Writers become Authors:
Like any good story, the writing life is a tale of deceptive depth.
At first glance, it offers up a shiny, artsy, fun cover. Become a Writer! its title beckons, and its first chapters lure us in by fulfilling all these initial promises.
But the deeper we get, the further we go, the more we realize there’s more to this story than meets the eye.
There’s more adventure, more conflict, more drama, and more comedy than we could ever have realized.
In short, there are many different misconceptions about being a writer.