Who Has the Crystal Ball?

I’m a writer. I write about a lot of things, but my primary genre’ is middle-grade. I recently finished the first novel in what will be a series of three. It’s been proofed, edited, and it’s all shined up and ready to go. So how do I know if the time is right, if the current publishing trends are in my favor? As part of my process, I religiously search the sites listed in my Guide to Literary Agents. They … Read More »

Five Essential Questions to Ask Your Potential New Literary Agent 

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As a literary agent in major trade publishing, at book publishing’s leading literary agency—the Trident Media Group literary agency—I often get asked some important questions by savvy authors wanting to gain literary representation. These five essential questions for an author to ask of a prospective literary agent ought to help new authors unfamiliar with what to look for in a credited literary agent. Does your commission structure follow industry practices and norms? A lot of authors are mistrustful of their … Read More »

Small May Be the New Big

One of the things I do is coach authors on improving their book marketing, and ultimately sales. And I’ll tell you – everyone wants to be famous – that is, everyone wants to be a known author and sell enough books to quit their day job. But I’ll tell you this – no one, save for the Kardashians, is born famous. It takes a lot of time and effort. Even though everyone wants to be famous, the truth is that … Read More »

How to Use Twitter for Writing

As a writer, Twitter is going to be your best friend and your worst enemy. Because it’s the best, most fun waste of time you’re ever going to have. I’ve wiled away many an hour on Twitter, responding to tweets, retweeting clever remarks, or coming up with something funny and thinking, “I’ve got to send this out right now!” all while my deadlines dripped slowly away. But rather than treating Twitter as a den of inequity to be shunned and … Read More »

The Value of Signing Events

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Book signing events can be a great tool in an author’s arsenal, but many new authors may be surprised to learn that sales are not the best measure of a successful signing event.  Of course, sales are always appreciated, but when considering the overall cost of attendance versus the profit made, the value of participation is rarely found in the day’s receipts. Signing events are about relationships–creating new ones and solidifying existing ones. Networking with Authors Writing can be a … Read More »

Networking Part 3: Blogs and Websites

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Good morning and welcome to the third part of my networking series. One of the first things we’re told is to have a website and blog to help build our online presence. While there are many different ways to build a site, two of the ones I’ve used were Webs.com, Weebly.com, and Wix.com among others. For blogs, I’m a fan of WordPress.com, but there’s also Blogger, Tumbler, and so on. I’ve only used a couple of those I listed, so … Read More »

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