It’s Not What You Say…

It’s Not What You Say…

This article will help you do a better job promoting your book(s) to literary agents (as well as to publishers, the media, and the general reading public). Here’s the secret… What you say always matters, but when you say it also matters. In other words, if you say the right thing at the wrong time, you might get the opposite result of what you’re hoping...

SEO for Authors – Get More Exposure, Improve Your Platform

SEO for Authors – Get More Exposure, Improve Your Platform

There are lots of ways you can have more impact as an author–but I can’t think of a faster and easier one than having a website that gets a lot of visitors. In fact, having a good website can help you get a book deal with a traditional publisher like Random House… if that’s something you want. By the way, click here now if you haven’t...

5 “Stupid” Things That Literary Agents Say and Do

5 “Stupid” Things That Literary Agents Say and Do

A couple weeks ago an author on my mailing list, trying to stay afloat in a flood of rejection letters, shared an article with me that he’d written. It talked about the stupid things literary agents say and do when rejecting authors. He made some good points. One of them was that rejection letters often contain “misguided, clumsy attempts at...

You Can’t Say That!

You Can’t Say That!

Have you ever wondered what’s “legal” to include in a book? What can you say, or not say? It doesn’t matter if you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, some things are okay—others will get you in trouble. And the last thing you want is to get rejected by literary agents or publishers due to legal issues. You also don’t want to get involved in a lawsuit. Now, in...

Your Book Isn’t Dead

Your Book Isn’t Dead

It takes a lot to challenge me. That’s because I’ve been in the publishing industry for more than two decades: as a writer, a literary agency owner and president, the Marketing and Licensing Manager for a well-known publisher, and now as an author coach and consultant. But last week I was humbled. I had an epiphany that changed the way I view the process of...

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...