traditional publishing

Quick-Reference Publishing Stats

Quick-Reference Publishing Stats

I often tell excited prospective clients, particularly those who aspire to be traditionally published, that my superpower is being a buzz kill. This usually gets a laugh, but I'm only half joking.

This post with publishing statistics and advice from literary agents is not a sunshine and rainbows kind of post. It is, however, the kind of post that every aspiring author needs to read before investing time, energy, and money in a book project.

Who Is Your Ideal Reader, and Why Does Your Book Matter to Them?

Who Is Your Ideal Reader, and Why Does Your Book Matter to Them?

This post will help you to define your ideal reader by asking you to identify your book’s highest level of contribution, who wants to hear what you have to say, and where those readers go to find the type of information your book provides.

6 Query Letter Must Haves

6 Query Letter Must Haves

If you want to sell the idea of your book to an agent, acquisition editor, or a publisher you must have an excellent query letter. Not an excellent book, an excellent query letter.

There are many excellent books out there that will never be published (by a publisher that uses editorial discretion*) because the author didn’t demonstrate an understanding of the market, a hook, a plan, and a fit.

Which Publishing Option is Right for You: Traditional, Indie, Hybrid, Partner, or Self?

Which Publishing Option is Right for You: Traditional, Indie, Hybrid, Partner, or Self?

Are you writing a book but aren't sure which publishing option is right for you?

There are many options: traditional, indie, hybrid (sometimes called partner), and self-publishing.

This article is designed to help you identify which one fits your needs and goals. I’ll provide a brief overview of each option’s business model, pros and cons, and a profile of the type of author who may consider it.

Why You Should Participate in a Twitter Pitch Event

Why You Should Participate in a Twitter Pitch Event

If you are an author who aspires to have your book published by any means other than self-publishing, you absolutely should participate in Twitter pitch events because literary agents and acquisition editors are participating.

If you’re an author in the making and don’t have a book to publish yet, you absolutely should not participate in Twitter pitch events. You absolutely should observe a Twitter pitch event! In this post, I tell you why.