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To help the author develop and create the best book possible. Material that has both commercial appeal and long-term value.

CAREER

To help the author determine the next best step in their writing career. Giving counsel regarding the subtleties of the marketplace as well as the realities of the publishing community.

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To help the author secure the best possible contract. One that partners with the best strategic publisher and one that is mutually beneficial for all parties involved.

Recent Posts

News You Can Use – Oct. 25, 2011

What Authors Learned from their Editors – This a flat out brilliant piece. Come back here and tell us in the comments what you learned from your editor.

How to Find Free Photos for Your Blog – In case you wondered, we use iStockPhoto.com for the majority of our images. They are not free, but they are always of high quality.

Are Writers Without Business Sense Doomed? – Wise words by Jami Gold.

Should You Send Your Book to an Agent Before it is Finished? – Sage advice.

How to Write What People Want to Read – Mary Jaksch provides help to those who can’t think about what to write next….like my blog post for next Monday….

What Agents are Chirping About – A gathering of tweets from the past week from Literary Agents.

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What Caught My Eye


Last week we talked about the hook, the sound bite, or the ability to “say it in a sentence.” One reader asked for examples so I thought I’d give you a few.

Below are the short pitches of proposals that have caught my eye over the years from debut authors. Please realize that the sound bite is only one of many factors that goes into a great proposal. Ultimately it is the execution of the concept that makes for a great book. For example, The Help by Kathryn Stockett would not have succeeded as a word-of-mouth bestseller if the writing did not support the story. (No, we did not represent that title, I’m only trying to make a point. :-))

Your challenge will be to see if you can identify which books these sound bites are pitching. Each one has been published. One is obviously non-fiction, the other two are novels. The answers to each of these will be provided later this week in the comments section. along with a link to the title so you can see it in its final form.

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Study the Market


What is the best way to find out what is successful in the current market?

This is a good question because while as an author, you don’t want to chase the market, you also don’t want to write books that are so far off from the current market that they have no chance of selling. First and foremost, marketing advice from any source assumes that authors submit their best, most polished, highest quality work. Just because vampire novels enjoy popularity now, doesn’t mean publishers will acquire just any novel with a vampire. The novel must sparkle to sell to a publisher and then to readers. I don’t recommend chasing nonfiction trends either, because one or two popular authors can quickly saturate the market on any given topic. Or as Steve Laube says, “If you are asking what’s hot…you are too late.” Although some topics are evergreen, as a rule the market can only absorb so many books on a topic. Writing about a tangent of a popular topic won’t help because then the book is in danger of being too narrow to sell to a large audience. It’s then a niche of a niche.

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News You Can Use – Oct. 18, 2011

Ten Ways to Irritate an Editor or Agent – I have to admit, this made me laugh and then cry because some of these have happened to me too!

What is it Like to be James Patterson’s Co-Author? – Perspective by Ned Rust.

Ebooks Don’t Spell the End of Literature – Jonathan Jones on Art.

Shiny: The Firefly Guide to Creative Content – If you know what “Firefly” is, you are in unique company. If you don’t? Don’t worry about it. You probably didn’t like “Tron” either.

Is it B.C./A.D or C.E? – The debate rages over dating continues. Make sure you know your publisher’s “house style” ahead of time. Do you agree with this writer or disagree? I personally do not like using C.E. or “Common Era.”

10 Google Chrome Apps (Extensions) that Can Make You a Better Writer – Good reviews by Easily Mused.

Digital Reading: At the Intersection of Reading and Retail – Great insight from Anne Kostick.

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