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CONTENT

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.

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Taking Your Questions

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In my ongoing quest to address the needs of our blog readers, I am answering more questions authors have posed in the comments section of past blogs.

What publishers do you generally work with, and with which ones do you have the closest working relationship, or usually contact first? Which ones do you avoid? And why?

What I think you really want to know is, “If I sign with you, where will I land?”  I will break down your question into parts in hopes of offering clear insight.

Publishers we generally work with:

We work with all the top drawer publishers. A quick look at our client list as it appears on our web site is proof positive. You name a Christian publisher and we’ve probably done business with them.

Which publishers we work with most closely:

We have excellent relationships with dozens of publishers. For us, it’s not a matter of which house we work with most closely, because we work closely with them all, but which house is right for the author. Routinely, projects we represent generate strong interest from several houses. When considering interest, we look of course at contract terms. We also consider the author’s ministry, career, and financial goals, along with the overarching mission and personality of the house. While all CBA houses work to glorify God’s kingdom, the differences in their individual missions may be nuanced. We look at where the author will be a good fit and plan accordingly.

First we contact:

We contact those publishers where we think the author will be successful.

We avoid:

Fly-by-night publishers or those with little or no track record of success. Between the three of us we have seen many come and go and we want our clients to be successful.

 

Your turn:

How much research have you done regarding publishing houses?

Who is your dream publisher and why?

How involved do you want to be in deciding where your agent will send your work?

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Editing 101 – My Turn

Thanks for all the great comments and conversation on what needed to be edited in the text I posted in my last blog (Editing 101 – Y0ur Turn). You all made some great observations!

Below you’ll find the edited text. I tried doing it in Track Changes, which is what I usually use to edit a manuscript, but the blog server didn’t like that much. So I’ve made the edits red (think the dreaded red pen), and highlighted my comments for the author (who happens to be me, so I don’t say in my comments what I always say to my authors: feel free to change as you wish! It’s imperative the author knows my edits are suggestions, not mandates). The comments follow the section they refer to.

Sorry if this is confusing. Ah, the joys of finding programs that play nice together.

See if you agree with what I felt were the main editing issues.

 

Sammy said it was a long time since he seen Rufus. Said the ol’ dog shoulda been home long time ago. Said somethin’ musta happened to the mutt and said it was my fault fer bein’ so stupid and not tyin’ him up when I shoulda.

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News You Can Use – Jan. 22, 2013

Why Online Book Discovery is Broken (and how to fix it) – Fascinating article by Laura Hazard Owen. This is the first time I’ve heard someone describe it as “broken.” Instead we keep hearing that “discoverability” is the main feature of the online book selling process.

Create a QR Code Campaign to Market Your Book – I have to admit, the picture leading this post got my attention. Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

Headline Writing Tips – Whether you are titling a blog post, a magazine article, or a blockbuster novel these tips should come in handy!

3 Common Mistakes Author’s Make While Launching Their Book – Some helpful tips. #3 is particularly insightful.

The First 250 Words of Your Novel – Some excellent advice from Janice Hardy. You have no idea how many proposals fail right here.

Biblio Tech: The World’s First Bookless Library – “Just where I want to go,” he said sarcastically. To a soulless, sterile environment. That won’t be a library…it will only be a fancy Internet Café!

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Today is a Good Day to (re)Read

by Steve Laube

What was the favorite book you read, cover to cover, in the last year or so? Why is it your favorite? (It can be fiction or non-fiction. Faith-based or not.) Feel free to tell us in the comments about yours.

Read it Again

Now that you’ve identified the book. Read it again. As Vladimir Nabakov wrote:

“Curiously enough, one cannot read a book: one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.” – from Nabokov’s speech “Good Readers and Writers” (pdf link) delivered in his 1948 Lectures on Literature (Amazon link).

That may seem like an overstatement. After all we have only so much time in a day. Why am I suggesting this?

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Fun Fridays – Jan. 18, 2013

Please watch this wonderful and inspirational video. While it isn’t “funny” it made me smile.

Below is a trailer for “Landfill Harmonic” an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable orchestra from a remote village in Paraguay, where its young musicians play with instruments made from trash.

Landfill Harmonic movie teaser from Landfill Harmonic on Vimeo.

Unrelated to the above movie but on a similar topic, if you would like to support underprivileged children in the art of music visit this World Vision site. Here you can support music education around the world. (Thanks to Betsy St. Amant for the suggestion!)

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