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So you’ve published your novel, distributed copies and are reclining back in your chair, awaiting the big fat royalty checks to come in. Then your first month’s check comes in… but only 25 books have sold. Sure, this looks like small potatoes, but selling your book involves doing the one thing that most writer’s dread: marketing. But don’t fret, my five tips to get you started on marketing your novel will pay off in book sales.… Read More

Spring Out of Writer's Block - Write to Sell Your Book - Diane O'Connell - Editor, Publisher, Author

  Spring has sprung and, just as it happens every year, authors are coming out of their winter hibernation and going through a creative renaissance. Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for writers and book editors; as many look ahead to vacation or longer hours for writing, they’re eager to develop that protagonist they’ve been forming in their head for months, finesse their language, or enhance their book’s big vision. But then, reality kicks in. Writing is darn hard work! Whatever stage you’re in, this Writer’s Block First-Aid Kit aims to help you push past those hurdles. Below, find tips on common writing frustrations.… Read More

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