Three Really Good Reasons You’re Not Writing

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Recently I was chatting with a new friend of mine, a teacher and leader in her field, about the fact that I help birth books for a living. She covered her face in her hands and said, in a muffled voice, “Oh dear. I’m supposed to be writing a book!” She was embarrassed to admit … Read more

Memoir vs. Autobiography

memoir vs autobiography

Both these terms point to a similar genre: Books about one’s own life, written from one’s own perspective. Yet the word “autobiography” points toward a biographical summary of one’s life, written by oneself. It generally begins at birth and continues through the present day, recording one’s accomplishments and failures, trials and successes, over a long … Read more

Twenty-Five Publishers Who Want Your Proposal

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So. You’ve put the finishing touches on your book proposal. You’ve taken your idea, fleshed it out into an outline, and concisely explained who will read it, what they’ll get from doing so, when they’ll need your book, where they’ll find it, and why you’re the best person to deliver the goods. This is a … Read more

Why Protecting Your Book Idea is the Last Thing You Need to Worry About

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Many new authors come to us very concerned about protecting their intellectual property along the road to publication. How do you know that your ideas are safe during the process of editing, sending queries to agents and finding a publisher? This inquiry is no surprise to me. Putting our work out into the world can … Read more

The Power of a High-Concept Book Hook

book hook

Hook you say? What’s a hook? That, my would-be author friend, is the question I am answering in this video! A “hook” is the one- or two-sentence description of what your book is about. And it’s the first thing you want to present to agents, editors and readers. The more high-concept and narrowly tailored your … Read more

Why “Platform” Is the Most Important Word in Publishing Today

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If you are thinking of writing a book–but don’t yet know what a “platform” is–then this video is just for you! Author platform is THE buzzword in the book biz these days, and “What’s your platform?” is the first question an agent or editor is going to ask you when you tell them about your … Read more

How to Find Literary Representation: The Who, What and How of Agents

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One of the most common questions we get at KN Literary arts is, “Will you agent my book?” While we are not a literary agency, we *do* help authors get ready to send their proposals out on agent submission. In this video, I answer the most frequently asked questions we get about the agenting process. … Read more

How to Get Your Book Published: What You Need to Know About Publishing Today

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Interested in having your book published by one of the big publishers? The book publishing business has changed in recent years, and you’re going to need to understand these changes if your heart is set on the traditional publishing route. This short video gives you a good overview of these changes, as well as the … Read more

Editor’s Pick: Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle

Only once before in my life have I had the luck to receive a galley (for those of you who are not publishing types, a galley is an early review copy of a soon-to-be-published book) for a book that I was fairly certain would end up as a New York Times bestseller. The first was … Read more

A Writer’s Dream: The Case for Great Expectations

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About four years into my publishing career I had an author conversation that hurt my heart. At the time I was working at Plume, a paperback division of Penguin USA. Part of my job was to shepherd the repackaging of “backlist” books. A backlist book is one that was published years ago (as contrasted with … Read more