Business of writing

How to Think Like a Businessperson–Even If You Don’t Want to

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Recently I attended an onstage interview conducted by a San Francisco cookbook writer of Ina Garten, whom some of you know by watching her cook on The Food Network or via her nine, wildly popular …

Read More...

Read More

Book Proposals Mean Business

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Last week I blogged on three criteria agents use to assess your readiness for representation (here). Today let’s focus on what goes into the first of these: your proposal. The following tips will be …

Read More...

Read More

What Makes You and Your Proposal Impressive?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

The fact there is more competition for fewer publishing slots makes the goal of getting your book published by a traditional publisher more challenging. So let’s address that elephant in the room right off the bat. My …

Read More...

Read More

Pre-Pub Writers–Seize the Day

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

It’s a given that before a writer is published he needs to hone his writing skills but what else can a writer do while he’s waiting to get that first contract? How can he seize the day? …

Read More...

Read More

How to Know Your Book’s Audience

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Sometimes a book idea is born out of awareness of your reader’s need that you can meet. The audience is probably a lot like you, or your platform is developed around these folks.

But often, when …

Read More...

Read More

Reading Royalty Reports

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Our agency just finished processing royalty statements from ten publishing houses, and we are expecting statements from ten more this month! Whew! :) We always check our clients’ statements for accuracy and are available to answer our clients’ …

Read More...

Read More

Should You Write the Whole Book?

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Classic wisdom for unpublished authors seeking traditional publication has been that if you’re writing a novel (fiction), you need a complete manuscript. If you’re writing non-fiction, you need a book proposal plus two or three sample chapters. …

Read More...

Read More

When to unveil your book cover

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Book covers are the most effective tool in an author’s marketing arsenal, but I continue to be confounded by how often authors misfire with the unveiling of their covers. The mistake is understandable since, if you …

Read More...

Read More

2 FAQs about the Road to Publication

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Publishing is a complex business, and there is no end to the questions that arise along a writer’s career journey. Many of those I’m asked fall into two categories. 

Why is involvement in social media so important?

Read More...

Read More

What’s Changed and What’s Stayed the Same

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I began blogging as an agent in January of 2008, and it’s remarkable to look back over my past posts and notice how much has changed in six years. When I started, I didn’t even have a …

Read More...

Read More