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Are you a new writer with a killer book? Having a tough time nailing an agent? You’ll be interested in this. Mark Gottlieb is a leading literary agent at Trident Media who’s found great success selling first-time author manuscripts. We’re talking six-figure plus deals. He also champions riskier projects nobody else will handle and manages…
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The classic dystopian novel 1984, George Orwell’s story about a futuristic totalitarian state, has been in the midst of a spontaneous sales explosion, catapulting to the top of bestseller lists at Amazon, the New York Times and independent retailers. No surprise. The “alternative facts” dispatched from White House press conferences and early morning presidential tweets…
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Kickstarter, the global crowdfunding platform that launched just seven years ago in Brooklyn, has helped authors and book people raise more than $100 million for publishing projects. That’s an astonishing amount of money given the general attrition and difficulties in traditional publishing these days. “This outpouring of support for the inspired ideas of creators committed…
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Breaking News! National Public Radio’s Lynn Neary of All Things Considered  interviewed me the other day for an editor’s perspective on Reader Analytics, and whether data about reading behavior should have an impact on publishing decisions. Listen to Publishers’ Dilemma: Judge a Book by its Data or Trust the Editor’s Gut? You’ll hear that there’s some disagreement…
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What if your agent called to say your publisher was doubling the ad budget on your new book because their Jellybooks reader analytics convinced them it was a rip-roaring page-turner? Yippee!! Or, what if you got a call with the heart-stopping news that your publisher was renegotiating your book contract because they knew that advance copy readers…
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“Obsession produces a book. You get up with it every morning and go to bed with it every night. You keep a pad next to the bed so when you wake up in the middle of the night you can write things down, or a pad inside your jacket so when you’re at dinner you…
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Want to write a memoir that’s powerful and inspiring? One that has impact, and appeals to a broad popular market? Here’s how. These 9 tips come directly from my 50+ years of working with authors as a developmental editor in major publishing houses and with private clients. 1. Create a transformative journey Every successful memoir needs a strong thematic…
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“It’s been awesome,” says Andy Weir. “It’s like every writer’s dream come true.” The Washington Post describes Weir’s novel The Martian, originally self published, as “Robinson Crusoe in a space suit.” The unlikely New York Times bestseller is now a blockbuster Hollywood movie starring Matt Damon. It’s always a thrill for me to hear about…
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When John J. Davis set out to market his first self-published thriller Blood Line, he thought he did everything right. He hired an experienced book publicist, arranged readings at bookstores, went on a 30-day cross-country author tour. The results were dismal. “We quickly discovered that the old-fashioned methods didn’t work for us,” says John’s wife…
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Sometimes it seems like everyone’s writing a memoir. You too? So how can you break out of the pack and and persuade an agent to take a look? Here are four accomplished literary agents, and they’re all selling memoirs. Scroll down to see some of the books they represent. These agents are the real deal and they…
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