Getting Published

How to avoid query letter mistakes

The biggest hurdle standing between you and a publishing deal is the query letter. Over the years, many authors have asked me the same question: Why aren’t literary agents responding to me? More often than not, I don’t even need to glance at their manuscript to tell them why agents haven’t yet jumped at the chance to work with them — the issues start with the query letter itself. A well-written query letter can get you in the door, but one that falls flat can delay your chances at publishing success. Here are some quick tips for diagnosing what might have gone wrong and how to improve your pitch.… Read More

How to Write a Novel that Sells

By Diane O’Connell Writing a novel is an ambitious undertaking, but an even greater challenge is to write a novel that sells. So how do you make your novel attractive to publishers and readers — even before you’ve written a single word? Read on for five steps to writing a marketable novel.  … Read More

Easily Ignored Self-Publishing Mistakes That Can Kill Sales

Before you rush to self-publish, are you sure you have all your ducks in a row? You’re a serious self-published author — right? More often than not, this means you’ve likely invested in an editor, marketing experts, a reputable self-publishing company, or a production manager to ensure your published book is high quality. To some authors, this all seems like expensive overkill. But, cutting corners and deciding to DIY can invite little-known mistakes to creep in, making your book feel unprofessional to any reader. Avoid these little known self-publishing mistakes:… Read More