Sometimes “Bestseller” Is a Bad Word

Sometimes “Bestseller” Is a Bad Word

By Rick Killian (Guest Post) Bestseller: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Romeo famously asked, “What’s in a name?” By the end of the play, he got his answer—apparently quite a lot! I wish the same could be said for the word bestseller (though I’d prefer not to see anyone die over it). I am beginning to wonder how...

How to Find the Perfect Home for Your Book

How to Find the Perfect Home for Your Book

Finding the perfect place to live is a lot like finding the perfect literary agent and publisher. It’s usually an emotional roller coaster ride, a major source of stress, and a massive time suck… even if you go into it with the right expectations and a good plan. That’s what I discovered last week during my recent house hunting trip with Ingrid in Beverly...

What’s Your Decision?

What’s Your Decision?

When Ingrid and I move to California at the end of this April it’s going to be a catalyst for you, in one way or another. So I thought I’d explain what we’re doing (and why), and tell you how it’s going to affect you. For those of you who’ve followed The Bestselling Author and Literary Agent Undercover for a while, you know that we’ve grown a lot in the last...

Are You Looking for “Signs” to Help You Reach Your Goals?

Are You Looking for “Signs” to Help You Reach Your Goals?

What signs, situations, and people do you look to, to see if you’re doing the “right” thing? My experience says there’s a good chance you’re looking in the wrong places. You’re looking at the wrong things. And you’re listening to the wrong people. You’re not doing it on purpose, of course. But that doesn’t make what you’re doing any less dangerous. And, if you...

Oh, I Swear! – Guest Post by Becca Besser

Oh, I Swear! – Guest Post by Becca Besser

By Becca Besser (Guest Post) Recently, in a group I’m in on Facebook, someone brought up the topic of personal religious beliefs and swearing in writing based on a person’s moral standards. Being a Christian myself, I chimed in on the discussion, explaining the only way an author would be swearing, and that it’s separate from that of a character. Let me...

Book Contests – The Best and the Worst

Book Contests – The Best and the Worst

Book contests are often to unpublished authors what casinos are to people with gambling problems. They can be a whole lot of fun (and they can pay off big time), but there are also serious risks you need to know about. The upside of book contests is easy to imagine (that’s how authors get sucked into book contests in the first place). The prizes often include...