What If I Self-Published on My Way to Getting Focused?

The “Your Questions Answered” Series __________ I self-published two ebooks on Amazon and Smashwords. They aren’t/weren’t meant for a wide audience, instead geared towards Christian parents/grandparents who love a heroin addict.  Additionally, my online writing audience is growing.  Should mention of those sites be included?  Different materials from my ebooks.  One …

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5 Social-Media Mistakes Writers Make

There are many ways to shoot yourself in the foot as a writer. For example, using clichés, such as “shoot yourself in the foot.” The advent of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.) has definitely added to the list. Here are what I consider five of the …

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Fun Fridays – October 16, 2020

Considering the wild and whacky year we’ve had I thought today’s video was perfect. We all just need to do a little more yodeling! And when your teacher is named Sourdough Slim, you can’t go wrong. I wish I had a camera to watch you try to sing along. Too …

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What Should Be in the Back Matter of a Book?

The “Your Questions Answered” Series __________ Can you provide tips for what should go in the front or back matter pages that authors produce, such as:*acknowledgments*author notes*source citations in nonfiction Acknowledgments are optional but always appreciated by those acknowledged. Agents are often left off the acknowledgments list, believe it or …

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Nagging Grammar Questions

Some time ago I asked my clients what publishing terms or concepts they wished someone would define or explain for them. I covered some of those in my September 16 post on this site. Some, however, asked for help with some nagging grammar questions. (We all—even the most accomplished—have such …

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What if You Get a Book Deal on Your Own and Then Want an Agent?

One of our readers asked this via the green “Ask us a question” button.

What happens if you get a book contract before you have an agent? What if, by some miracle, an editor sees your work and wants to publish it? (1) would having a publisher interested in my work make an agent much more likely to represent me, and (2) would it be appropriate to try to find an agent at that point (when a publisher says it wants to publish you)? My fear is that querying an agent and receiving a response could take several months, but I’d need to accept a potential contract with a book publisher right away (I would think). Is it appropriate to ask the editor to speak with an agent on your behalf to speed the process?

This is a great topic but there are a few questions within the question. Let me try to break it down.

Many times have had authors approach us with contracts in hand and seeking representation (happened just last week). Of course this will get an agent’s attention immediately. But there are caveats:

a)      Who is the publisher? There is a big difference between a major company and your local independent publisher. Not all publishers are created equal (see the Preditors & Editors warnings).

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Fun Fridays – October 9, 2020

Is this a video of me when visiting a bookstore? Maybe it is a video of all booklovers? Substitute paint samples with books, and the face will look the same! Enjoy! [If you cannot see the embedded video in your newsletter email, please click the headline and go directly to …

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