Three Unexpected Ways That You Can Make Money Off of Your Book

It may sound counterintuitive, but making money from your “paper book” is the last thing I want an aspiring author to be thinking about. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with daydreaming about books flying off shelves—and money flying into your pocket. But I’ve been in the book business long enough to know that … Read more

Children’s Books FAQ

In conversations with thousands of authors, we’ve found that many have at least this in common: They loved reading, even before they could read. Most of us can look back to our own childhood and find the seeds of who we would become between the worn covers of our most beloved picture books. And it’s … Read more

Five Steps to Build Your Editing Skills

What if I told you that to become an author, you have to become an editor as well? An editor?! Isn’t that what you hire someone else to do for you? Well, yes. But the art of editing is something every author should dip a toe into. Self-editing is a critical mid-step as you prepare to bring the … Read more

How to Become a Good Writer: Three Success Habits

“How do I become a good writer?!” If you have a burning desire to some day hold a published book in your hands, you may be asking this question. In that case, I’m about to get all Yoda on you. Simply said, “To be, you must do.” A large part of becoming better at anything … Read more

DIY Writing Retreat Guide: Everything You Need to Succeed

writing retreat

To someone with a book dream in their heart, there’s perhaps no more decadent phrase than “writing retreat.” But what does it mean to take a writing retreat? If you’re going DIY, how should you prepare? What’s different about a solo writing adventure versus a facilitator-led group experience? And regardless, what should you bring with … Read more

Networking for Writers: How to Make Connections that Lead to Readers

networking for writers

Want to know the quickest way to have someone decline a night out with you? Ask them to accompany you to a networking function! Networking, ewwww! Most people think it means walking into a room of strangers and laying it on super thick. You know, bragging about yourself, tooting your own horn as loudly as … Read more

Author Spotlight: How Author Lora Cheadle Built a Platform and Landed a Book Deal

Lora Cheadle

Lora Cheadle was just like a lot of authors who come to KN Literary for assistance. When she came to us, she wasn’t famous. She didn’t have a bunch of celebrity endorsements to back her up. She hadn’t cultivated a mailing list in the tens of thousands.   But she had three very important assets: … Read more

Platform-Building for Introverts

Introverts

I recently got a question from an aspiring author who asked, “How can an introvert like me deal with the marketing and all of the exposure that comes with having to sell my book?” Just in case you, too, want to go hide under a bed when you hear the term “author platform,” I want … Read more

Is An Author Website Worth It?

author website

If you’re like just about any first-time author I meet, once you finally have your book in the world all you want to do is get the word out. You want to sell out every copy printed. You want it to influence every human being on the planet. So it makes me laugh when I … Read more