Why You Need An Editor

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What a fun job I have, getting to walk writers just like you through the process of becoming authors. It’s something I’ve been doing for 20 years. Yep, I was just 23 years old when I walked through the doors at the Hearst Book Group to interview for the Editorial Assistant position I eventually accepted. … Read more

Three Steps to Estimating Your Page Count

page count

Today, we diverge from our regularly scheduled program to bring you a math lesson. Groan. I know. But if you’ve spent any time working on a book proposal, you know that one piece of information prospective agents and publishers want to know requires you to do some futuristic math. Even though you haven’t written the … 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

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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

Self-Publishing for Beginners

self publishing for beginners

Over the past two decades the doorway to traditional publishing has gotten more and more narrow, and the barrier to entry has gotten higher and higher. What’s an aspiring author to do? Enter your knight in shining armor: self-publishing. Did you know that 76% of the books published each year are self-published? The DIY route … 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

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

Building an Author Platform: Show Them the Money

building an author platform

Lately I’ve been working closely with a client on a book proposal for a self-help book. A proposal, if you’re unfamiliar, is a marketing document used to sell your book. It includes everything a publisher will need to know about you and the book in order to acquire your project for their company—or not. One … Read more