Three Steps to Estimating Your Word Count

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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

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

Self-Publishing for Beginners

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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

The Myth of “I’ll Do It Tomorrow”

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It’s easy to think, “I’ll work on my book tomorrow.” Or next month. (Or next year.) We as humans are predisposed to believe we have all the time in the world. Myself very much included. This month, the KN Literary family got a wake-up call when we learned that our beloved admin-slash-project manager Rachel had … Read more

Love Your Writing Resistance

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So here it is, the end of another super-busy day. Looking back at everything you accomplished, you gotta give yourself props. You busted through that to-do list like a bosslady. You fed yourself, and maybe your family. You negotiated that deal even more successfully than you expected. You walked the dog not once but twice! … Read more

The Four Pillars of a Kickass Book Title

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If you’re an author, chances are you want to get your work out into the world as widely as possible. So—what’s the single most important factor in achieving that goal? Is it writing original, never-been-seen-before content? Is it perfecting your gorgeous, or hysterically funny, or deeply moving writing style? Is it crafting the best version … Read more