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When an agent or editor responds favorably to your query letter, he or she will probably ask you to submit the first 3-5 chapters of your book along with a synopsis. Writing the synopsis is the tedious but necessary evil. With a non-fiction book, the process differs in that you will have to submit an outline. In other words, you are pitching an idea or set of ideas on how to solve a problem such as how to survive in the desert with Antonio Banderas (Angelina if you're guy), or how to cook a s ...more
Despite the instant success of Lauren Weisberger's roman a clef, The Devil Wears Prada, for most debut authors, pitching a novel to agents and editors is the most difficult step to getting published. If you can't pique the interest of either of those gatekeepers, you're going to become disheartened perhaps without knowing why. You might have the most potentially marketable book since To Kill A Mockingbird, but if you can't write a query letter your manuscript is likely to yello ...more
Having an e-Book replace my favorite dog-eared paperback is not something I want to think about. There is a certain sense of familiarity and comfort while reading a good paperback, sort of like hanging out with a good friend.
My trusty paperback can be carried in my purse and pulled out when waiting in the doctor's office, and I can highlight favorite passages or doodle in the margins.
In addition, the paperback is both affordable and recyclable. The multimedia, portable, content ...more
First things first; words sell not graphics or flashy websites. Pretty pictures and web design have never sold anyone anything; only words can do that. You must write to convince people to take action. Most prospects will never pull out their wallets because they like your web design; they do so only when your words convince them to. Here are some tips and a template to create compelling sales letters that sell your book:
6) Gather testimonials.
Strategically sprinkle them in you ...more
Greetings Fellow Authors and Writers; I believe we need a new method to market books, which are either self-published, eBooks or published with major publishers. I believe that in may past entrepreneurial efforts I learned a thing or two about grass roots marketing which can be applied to book marketing as well to literally zoom in on your target market.
Now my plan is not completed yet, however enough is in place that I can briefly describe it to you. Each city in the United States wou ...more
Recently, I finished reading the book, "A Million Little Pieces". The controversy surrounding this book was over the author, James Frey, who later admitted he embellished the story or made part of it up. The question that's begging to be asked is why does this bother people so much?
I was having this conversation with an acquaintance and he agreed. He pointed out that the media slants and embellishes the news. People continue to pay attention to it. We don't hear too many people po ...more
Let's say you just got your first bad review. Man, it was a doozy. As a matter of fact, it was horrid. What can you do about it? You'd like to defend your title against the person ripping it, right? Well, hope isn't all lost. I'll tell you how to turn a bad review into your favor.
I know that some reviewers can be harsh with reviews. They have the right to do so as honest reviewers. First you'll have to accept that. If you didn't want a bad review, you shouldn't have put yo ...more