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What to say to an literary agent, or what I learned from coaching authors to create their perfect agent pitch.

August 5, 2015

This post was written by CBramkamp

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You are ready – you have your fabulous book. You make the drive to the city.  Once you found parking and found the building, what to do next?

The agent pitch on Newbie Writers GuideI volunteer to coach authors for WNBA-SF Pitch O Rama, an event (in March) focused exclusively on brining in 20 plus agents, editors and publishers into one building just so authors can talk with them.

It’s a great event, and many authors secure agents and publishers during the course of the morning.  This is what we’ve learned and observed.

Agents, publishers and acquisition editors attend these events because they, like you, want to see a face, hear a voice – make a connection.  Agent speed dating or Pitch O Rama, or a Pitch –  Fests are not  beauty contests.  There is no queen of the pitch (although now that I think about it . . Read More

Sonoma County Literary Update

February 2, 2013

This post was written by CBramkamp

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I think Terry Ehret does a fantastic job assembling events and submission opportunities in Sonoma County, CA.  However, even if you don’t live in the area, the new opportunities for submissions are not site specific.  Check it out –  Sign up.

Calls for Submissions « Sonoma County Literary Update.


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Episode 69 – Birthdays, Indies Unlimited and K.S Brooks!

February 2, 2013

This post was written by Damien

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Episode 69 Newbie Writer’s Podcast

 Special guest: Kat Brooks Co administrator of

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From the Indies Unlimited Web site:

This site is dedicated to the independent authors, publishers, reviewers and readers who are on the cutting edge of that technological revolution.

A major challenge for any indie author is the lack of established infrastructure in place to market indie books. It can be challenging and time-consuming to get the word out about your book, to find reviewers, and to drive traffic to your website or Facebook page. As a new author, I was delighted to discover a very high level of mutual support and camaraderie in the indie author community. This platform is born from that spirit of mutual aid and support.

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Episode 50- The Great Debate!!

September 15, 2012

This post was written by Damien

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Episode 50 – The Great Debate!

Traditional Publishing Vs Self Publishing.

Featuring: Tweep Nation (arguing on the side of Self Publishing) and Ciara Ballintyne as moderator (to keep Damien in line)

Outline of terms and back ground, then each team can give their opinion because, after all, this is a debate!

Once Upon A Time, publishing a book conjured up a happy vision of success achieved: the advance! The book signings! A devoted editor who possessed the magic to make your book perfect and desirable! No work for the author! The siren song of publication was strong. And deceptive.

During the last twenty years, the fantasy has altered into a universe of change in an Amazonian rivers of options followed by electric possibilities.

What can you expect of publishing? What has changed? AreRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist

August 20, 2012

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As we wave goodbye to the Olympics in the UK, I’m left feeling a great sense of pride for all the talented athletes that took part, sharing the elation of those who managed to achieve their aims: whether to reach the event, make a certain round, or gain a medal. All those years of hard work, finally paying off.

I celebrated an achievement myself this past week (very small in comparison to the above) by completing the first draft of my second book. Some writers claim to write a book in a few months, others (including a professional author with a major publishing house I spoke to recently) aim to write two a year, some release one a year. As Newbies, many of us have day jobs as well as the usual family commitments, and squeeze our word mongering into every spare moment in the busyRead More