Fun Fridays – November 26, 2021

Since it is Thanksgiving weekend, I thought I’d give you a visual “thank you” to all you readers! Good ‘ol Hoops and YoYo always make me smile.

Thank you.

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The Writer’s Senses (a Writer’s Prayer)

Gracious God, thank you for the smell of pencil shavings, the tactile elegance of a good fountain pen, and the click-clack of ancient typewriter keys… for the intoxication of creative juices, the sweetness of a well-turned phrase… for the creak of the office chair, and the surprise of a catch …

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How to Create Compelling Secondary Characters for Your Novel with Angela Hunt

We have had episodes about protagonists, the characters who want something that drives the plot forward, and antagonists who get in their way. But stories do not live on protagonists alone. Side characters, or supporting characters, play a vital role in your novel. But how do you craft characters that are believable and compelling? How […]
You can listen to this episode How to Create Compelling Secondary Characters for Your Novel with Angela Hunt on Christian Publishing Show.

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A Is for Advance

by Steve Laube

Whenever I lecture about money the room becomes unusually quiet. Instead of a common restlessness from listeners there is a thrumming impatience to reveal the punch line. The punch line that declares every writer will be rich.

Now that I have our attention let’s turn to the topic of the day. The Advance. This is defined as the money a publisher pays to the author in “advance” of the publication of the finished book. We read about the seven-figure advances in the news because they are unusual and quite substantial. The amount given to everyone else can be rather different. (Read the article where Rachelle Gardner answers the question “What is the Typical Advance.”)

Payout Schedule

The money is not given all at once. There is usually an amount given for signing the book contract and the balance comes at various stages of the writing process. Some pay half on signing, half on acceptance of an acceptable manuscript. Some pay one-third on signing, one-third on acceptance, and one-third on publication. There can be other triggers to create payments like an acceptable proposal for subsequent books in a multi-book deal. We even had one highly unusual situation where the total amount of the advance was divided up over the course of 15 months and the publisher paid the author monthly.

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Fun Fridays – November 19, 2021

The world’s highest post office (in the Himalayas) is today’s topic. As the description reads, “Rinchen Chhering has been the devoted postmaster since it opened in 1983. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night keeps Chhering from getting to work every day.” While it’s a fascinating three-minute …

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What’s Your Platform Identity?

A mistake for authors is defining their author platform as a list of people to market their next book on social media. Can you imagine a pastor of a church looking out over their congregation during a sermon and primarily thinking who among them would make good contacts when the …

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We Have It All!

Recently I received several boxes of books from Steve Laube. Inside were dozens of sample books published by our agency clients. Since he is cheap, frugal, thrifty, fantastic for being concerned about the environment, he sent my books in repurposed containers. One was labeled “Reformed Systematic Theology,” scratched through with …

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Rendered Speechless

Those of you who have followed our blog are aware of the rather “interesting” proposals or pitches we receive. After so many years of doing this, it is almost hard to be surprised. Until a recent telephone exchange. Me: This is Steve Laube.Caller: How do I go about getting an …

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Fun Fridays – November 12, 2021

Since most of you changed your clocks this past weekend (we in Arizona did not because we are the smart ones), I found this video that is fascinating. Two islands two miles apart, but at the same time are 21 hours apart. And they are “in” two different countries. (There …

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