The Agent Search – Another Perspective

~ By Maureen McGowan These days, writers have options to get their books into the hands of readers, but many are still looking for something resembling the “traditional” publishing experience. And the simple fact remains, to up your chances of getting your manuscript read by editors at the big publishers, you need an agent. Since I’ve done the agent hunt thing, twice, I thought I’d share a few thoughts for those of you on the hunt, to put it in perspective, or at least to offer a slightly different perspective. I hope an empowering one. Yes, while on the...

Interview With Editor Sue Grimshaw

~ Interview by Melina Kantor  We’re extremely fortunate to have Sue Grimshaw, Ballantine Bantam Dell’s Category Specialist & Editor At Large, visiting the blog today. Welcome Sue! Q: How did you become involved in the publishing / book industry? Have you always been a fan of romance novels? A: Oddly enough, I did not seek to be employed in this crazy biz, initially that is.  Fresh out of college I was hired by Kmart & managed a few of their stores prior getting involved in the merchandising and buying end of the retail business.  I was part of the organization...

Okay, so I got published, now what?

~ Kate George In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m not really a chick lit author. I’m published in mystery, and I’m not sure if the romance/coming of age story I’m shopping at the moment would qualify as chick lit. Not that it really matters, because when it comes to getting attention for our books we all need help. It doesn’t matter if we are self published, with one of the big publishing houses, or with a small one, until we start selling really well we’re pretty much on our own when it comes to the publicity budget. Why...

YA Saves: Another Response

~ By M-E Girard This might almost be old news by now, seeing as it’s been all over Twitter, the blogosphere—the Wall Street Journal—for over a week now. If you don’t know what I’m referring to, then allow me to explain… On June 4th, the Wall Street Journal posted an article to explore the “dark” factor in contemporary young adult fiction—mainly that it is too dark. Several points were brought up, but the gist of it was that the dark subject matter (or “pathologies” as the writer, Mrs. Gurdon, referred to them) is much too present and young people...

A Special Chick Lit Challenge!

~ By Samantha Robey, host and creator of the blog Chick Lit Plus I often get asked why chick lit? Why did I dedicate my blog to this genre, which has been called less than remarkable words among “serious” literary folks? In all honesty, a few years back I was wandering through the library, not sure which direction to take. I had officially grown out of The Baby-Sitters Club books, outgrown the Sweet Valley High books, and wasn’t sure what to try next. Romance? Mystery? Nothing seemed right. But then I found a book with a hot pink cover,...

Thoughts on Being a Best Selling Author

~ By Eileen Rendahl A couple of weeks ago, I received an advanced copy of my new novel, Dead on Delivery. Generally, there aren’t too many surprises in an advanced copy. By the time we get to that point of the publishing cycle, I’ve read the book so many damn times I can do the dialogue in my sleep. I’ve seen mock-ups of the cover. I know who blurbed it. Sure, it’s a nice moment (is there anything better than that new book smell?), but it’s not a surprising one. This time, there was a surprise. Right there on...

February PANorama: Wendy Toliver

Creative & Effective Ways to Promote Your Books Dear Readers, We’re happy to announce that the fourth Monday of each month we’ll be holding a “PANorama.” In other words, one of our chapter PAN members (PAN stands for Published Authors Network, a professional designation within RWA open to members who reach a certain level of sales) will be visiting the blog to share some of their their wisdom and expertise. Here to kick off the new series is PAN member Wendy Toliver, who’s going to share some tips on promotion. Enjoy! Preliminary Steps Before you can promote your books,...

Sarah Pekkanen – How I Found My Agent

When it came time for me to find an agent, I did all the right things. Except for one very wrong thing. ~ By Sarah Pekkanen (See the end of this post for details about a giveaway!) I figured there had to be a secret way to break into publishing – some special handshake or code word or magic door like the one Harry Potter flung himself through to get to the secret train to Hogwarts – but no one would reveal it to me. So I figured I had just one chance: I had to write a really...

The Final Chapter – Promotion

The Hardest Part ~ By Meredith Schorr So you’ve written a book and found someone who wants to publish it.  Now what?  You sell three billion copies in the first week and the book gets made into a movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, right? Oh yeah, that’s Pretty Woman and in real life, hookers don’t wind up with the big-hearted but misunderstood wealthy and handsome business man and go from walking the streets to shopping on Rodeo Drive.  And in real life, most authors do not hit the big time immediately and, in fact, most never do. I...

Booksellers Sell (Chick Lit) Books

~ By Chris Bailey In our last post, Karin Wilson, president of Page and Palette, a three-generation independent bookstore in Fairhope, Ala., reassured us that Chick Lit is not dead in her market. She also shared some excellent ideas about how authors and booksellers can work together for mutual benefit. Q. We’ve heard reports of the death of independent booksellers. How has Page and Palette managed to thrive? A. It’s getting tougher and tougher for sure! We are an events-driven store so we bring in really great authors to the store about three times a week. We are well...

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