Thank you Brenda Knight, a recent Newbie Writers Podcast guest for her wonderful insights and advice for our readers.
The Art of the Book Deal
Insider Secrets to Navigating the Publishing Process
From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple. Twenty-two year publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking. “I have acquired over one thousand books in my career, including a few New … Read more
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The market. We’ve all heard about it. We’ve certainly all talked about it. But, what really is “the market”?
The market is a few things, but most of all the market is 100% unimportant to your creative process. Yep. You heard me, forget about the market.
Now, I know you’re probably thinking, but, uh, doesn’t the market dictate whether or not my book will sell? Um… sorta.
If you haven’t completed your book, worrying about the market won’t do you any good. I know writers who are constantly trying to chase the next big trend. AND, I … Read more
DIY memoir, a memoir based on crafts. These memoirs are either historical, the author looks back and says, wow, there is a pattern here, I can construct a book around that pattern. OR the writer picks up a craft on purpose and as she creates each item: the cupcake, the sweater, each recipe in the cook book, she uses those projects as triggers and organizing memes for each chapter in her memoir.
Either approach can be very effective. And on first reading: easy.
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Thanks for having me today Catharine!
My first official publication was a poem called “A Rose Is A Lovely Flower.” And it appeared in my junior high school yearbook. It may not sound as much but when I was first told the news and actually saw it in print, I was on top of the world. I never thought it’d feel so good to have something I crafted and labored with words born from 26 letters. Even when I knew a future in publication was for me after my friend and classmate became my first fan of my stories.
Yet … Read more
Read this if you are overwhelmed by the competition
Do you log onto Goodreads and gulp?
Did you walk into Powell’s or Strand and think, there is too much here, I can’t compete, look at all the books!
Do you not even focus on Amazon because that A to Z thing is too much to consider.
You are not alone. We all feel the immense bottomless universe of which we’ve signed up to become a part. It’s like dangling over the half blown section of the Death Star. It’s like walk through Times Square and realizing that everyone in this … Read more