Create a Book Map for Your Nonfiction Book
Jane Friedman
by Ariel Curry and Liz Morrow
11h ago
Photo by DS stories Today’s guest post is by Ariel Curry and Liz Morrow of the Hungry Authors podcast. Imagine you’re starting out on a road trip. First, you have to know where you’re going; then, you need a map to help you get there. It’s the same with books. So often, aspiring authors start off on a “road trip” without a clear sense of where they’re going, let alone how to get there—and so they end up lost. We’re all for enjoying the journey just as much as the destination, but if you plan on bringing readers along on your trip, you better well have a plan. No one wants to sit in the car for ..read more
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Promoting Your Book as an Introvert in the Age of TikTok
Jane Friedman
by Julie Vick
5d ago
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash Today’s post is by author Julie Vick (@vickjulie). One question I was asked a few times around my book launch was, “How is it to promote a book about introversion when you are an introvert?” The short answer I usually gave: I’ve figured out ways to make it work. When I wrote my humorous advice book for introverted parents Babies Don’t Make Small Talk (So Why Should I?), I had been following other authors and the book industry long enough to know that the realities of the industry (even with a traditional publishing deal) meant that authors need to contribute t ..read more
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How to Pursue a Career in Editing: Advice for College Students
Jane Friedman
by Tiffany Yates Martin
1w ago
Photo by Matthias Heyde on Unsplash Ask the Editor is a column for your questions about the editing process and editors themselves. It’s a place to bring your conundrums and dilemmas and mixed feelings, no matter how big or small. Want to be considered? Learn more and submit your question. This month’s Ask the Editor is sponsored by Written Word Media. The author marketing hub – Written Word Media makes effective book marketing easy for authors. Known for our five-star customer service, we have helped over 20,000 authors build their careers. Go to WrittenWordMedia.com to learn more and ..read more
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The Key Value That Makes Retreats Magical
Jane Friedman
by Allison K Williams
2w ago
Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash Today’s post is by Allison K Williams (@GuerillaMemoir). Join her on Saturday, Feb. 4 for the online workshop Create Live or Virtual Retreats That Sell. Three times a year, I get to spend time with great people in amazing destinations, teaching what I love to see learned. Two more times, I lead virtual retreats, with everyone in their own space, yet somehow deeply connected to each other and their work. Every time, I go home well-paid, my own expenses covered and a healthy profit margin. But the magic of great retreats isn’t that they help the leader’s ..read more
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Is It OK to Ask for Before/After Examples from a Freelance Editor?
Jane Friedman
by Hattie Fletcher
3w ago
Photo by Caleb Oquendo Ask the Editor is a column for your questions about the editing process and editors themselves. It’s a place to bring your conundrums and dilemmas and mixed feelings, no matter how big or small. Want to be considered? Learn more and submit your question. This month’s Ask the Editor is sponsored by Written Word Media. The author marketing hub – Written Word Media makes effective book marketing easy for authors. Known for our five-star customer service, we have helped over 20,000 authors build their careers. Go to WrittenWordMedia.com to learn more and schedule your ..read more
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Backstory Is Essential to Story—Except When It’s Not
Jane Friedman
by Tiffany Yates Martin
3w ago
Today’s post is by editor Tiffany Yates Martin (@FoxPrintEd). Join her on Wednesday, Jan. 25, for the online class The Biggest Mistakes Novelists Make—And How to Fix Them. Characters don’t exist in a vacuum: Who they are, what they want, and why they do what they do is rooted in who they have been and what they have done—in other words, backstory. Backstory brings characters to life, gives them depth and dimension, and draws readers in. Without it characters may feel opaque or flat, their actions random or unmotivated. But too much backstory can dilute and derail your actual story ..read more
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The Author-Creator Marketing Playbook
Jane Friedman
by Michael Evans
1M ago
Photo by Tim Samuel on Pexels Today’s post is excerpted from the forthcoming book Creator Economy for Authors by Michael Evans (@mevansinked) co-founder of Ream. During my first full year of publishing, I made almost $200. I had three books in my catalogue and dabbled in Amazon Ads. In 2019, I made $412 publishing three more books. In 2020, I had my breakout year, generating $7,500 in revenue for my business. I was ecstatic. I had several months where I made $1,000 a row and I published six new books that year. But something darker happened. Almost all of that $7,500 in revenue went to Faceboo ..read more
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The Biggest Mistake Even Expert Writers Make
Jane Friedman
by Ken Brosky
1M ago
Today’s post is by author and editor Ken Brosky (@Grendelguy). I was watching a TV series based on a popular novel the other week, curious about how the showrunners were going to adapt it to the big screen. Turning a book into a movie or series can be a daunting task in the best of circumstances, even if you leave out the messy business of Hollywood. But in the case of this particular TV series, my curiosity was more focused on whether the show would lose steam two-thirds of the way through. That’s because I’d read the book it was based on, and I remember distinctly losing interest just past ..read more
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Is an Editor Worth the Money?
Jane Friedman
by Tiffany Yates Martin
1M ago
Ask the Editor is a column for your questions about the editing process and editors themselves. It’s a place to bring your conundrums and dilemmas and mixed feelings, no matter how big or small. Want to be considered? Learn more and submit your question. This month’s Ask the Editor is sponsored by The Shit No One Tells You About Writing Podcast. Step up your writing game and meet fellow writers with The Deep Dive Workshop, a 10-week series from the podcast hosts of The Shit No One Tells You About Writing. Each week you’ll hear from expert writers and editors, followed by workshops led ..read more
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Before You Hire a Developmental Editor: What You Need to Know
Jane Friedman
by Sangeeta Mehta
1M ago
Today’s guest post is a Q&A by Sangeeta Mehta (@sangeeta_editor), a former acquiring editor of children’s books at Little, Brown and Simon & Schuster, who runs her own editorial services company. In 2020, when I was heading the project to update the rates chart for the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), I asked our group of volunteers to update and define several editorial skills. If we were going to survey the membership about their rates, then our group, the membership, and potential clients all needed to have the same understanding of the editorial work in question ..read more
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