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5 Tips for Rocking NaNoWriMo

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Articles, Writing Tips | 0 comments

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a fun annual challenge to writers to write 50,000 words of a novel in one month. It happens every November and thousands of authors around the world sign up to participate! If you’re thinking about joining in this year, take a look at our 5 essential tips on how to ROCK NaNoWriMo from Novel Selling Secrets founder and bestselling author, Jessica Brody! Highlights: Ouline 2 weeks before November 1 1700 words per day (if you’re going to write every day) 2300 words per day (if you’re...

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True Publishing Story: Gretchen McNeil

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Articles, True Publishing Story | 0 comments

For this next installment in the “True Publishing Story” series, we recently sat down with Gretchen McNeil, author of POSSESS which is published with Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins. Gretchen’s tips: Focus on new projects during the lulls in the lengthy publishing process Enjoy the time when you’re writing for yourself, not on deadline Getting rejected is part of the process of becoming (and being) a published author. Make the commitment to yourself to continue to write and improve your skills to get...

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True Publishing Story: Jennifer Bosworth

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Articles, True Publishing Story | 0 comments

This is the first installment of our “True Publishing Story” series, where we’ll be speaking with authors to get the inside scoop on how they got published. If you’re an aspiring author and wondering how to get published, this series is for you! Last month, we had the opportunity to sit down with debut author Jennifer Bosworth to discuss how she got her first book, STRUCK, published with Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group. Jennifer’s tips: Attend writers conferences and pitch-fests to meet others in the...

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Getting Published Step 1: Writing your Novel

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Articles, Getting Published 101 | 0 comments

Writing a novel is a complicated and oftentimes difficult process. It’s a never-ending learning curve. The best two pieces of advice we offer writers is this: read and write. Read! Writing a novel is a very complicated process, and one of the best ways to hone your writing skills is to read everything you can in the genre you’re writing. Not to copy it, but to study the style, voice, structure and character arcs. Start by reviewing these attributes of the bestselling books in your genre. The bestselling books are doing just that –...

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Getting Published Step 2: Revising your Novel

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Articles, Getting Published 101 | 0 comments

After you’re finished with your first draft, you’re ready to move into the second step of the process – revising. Now it’s time to get some feedback. Here are some tips to help you revise and perfect your manuscript so it’s ready for prime time: submitting to agents. Start by revising on your own Read through the full manuscript on your own and keep notes on the things that jump out at you that need to be fixed. Once you’re finished, go back through your notes and make the necessary changes Get a copy of SELF EDITING FOR...

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Getting Published Step 3: Finding a Literary Agent

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Articles, Getting Published 101 | 0 comments

The agent’s role & why you need one A literary agent is your personal liaison to the publishing industry. He or she will work with you to perfect your manuscript, manage the submission process to publishers, negotiate your publishing contract, and provide general advice for your writing career. Agents also act as filters for publishers. They read queries and manuscripts from thousands of authors and pick out the ones they think are most likely to sell to publishers. This lets the publishers focus their attention on publishing and...

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Getting Published Step 4: Submitting to Publishers

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Articles, Getting Published 101 | 0 comments

Once you’ve signed with an agent, your agent will then submit your book to editors at publishing houses and try to get you a sale. Here’s an overview of how the publisher submission process works. After signing with your agent, she will probably ask you to revise your manuscript based on her notes. Once your agent believes your manuscript is in “sellable” shape, she will create a submission list of editors and publishing houses that she believes are looking for books like yours. Your agent will then query those editors and send your...

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Getting Published Step 5: Selling your Novel

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Articles, Getting Published 101 | 0 comments

Once your agent sells your book to a publisher two very exciting things will eventually happen. Your book will release in bookstores and you’ll get paid! Getting Paid Authors typically get paid in two ways: Advances Royalties An advance is a sum of money paid up front for your book. Officially it is an “advance on future earnings,” meaning it’s the amount of money the publisher thinks your book will earn in royalties. This also means that technically you owe the amount of your advance to the publisher. And they will recoup this...

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How to Search Amazon and B&N for Best Sellers

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Articles | Comments Off

One of the best ways to understand what’s selling in the publishing industry is quite simply to read. Specifically, you want to read the current best selling books from your genre. The best selling books are doing just that – they’re selling! Reading and studying the makeup of these books will help you discover new tips and tricks that will help you write books that sell. Here’s how to look them up on two of the most popular online booksellers, which both offer powerful search functions that will help you zero in on...

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The Impact of E-Books on New Authors

Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Articles | Comments Off

E-books have been a game changer for the modern day author. With printing and distribution costs nearly eliminated, the once high hurdles to get published are now more like speed bumps, opening up the world of being a “published author” to thousands of more writers per year than the traditional path could ever handle. Numerous self-publishing, e-book publishing and print-on-demand companies have sprung up to help authors publish their work. On one hand, these companies are making it much easier on authors. But on the other, the...

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