"It's the most wonderful time of the year...." It's a time filled with joy and jam-packed with stress. The pressure's on to find that perfect gift, attend party after party, and make merry with family both near and far. If you're a writer querying agents or editors this holiday season, your stress level may be over the top. Fear not! There's hope for maintaining a sense of calm while querying on this holiday season. The trick is to S.T.O.P. Literally.
You're finally ready to query. You know a fellow author through Facebook and think her agent would be a perfect fit. You could query through the regular process: email the query (if the agent is open to queries), obsessively hit refresh on your email, and wait weeks or months for a response. But you know... Continue Reading →
If you are a novelist and write a breakout book, nobody cares whether you went to medical school (Michael Crichton) or worked as a janitor (Stephen King). Not so for nonfiction books. When crafting your nonfiction proposal, your book is as much about who you are, as it is about your killer concept. The author bio... Continue Reading →
I hope you're ready, because today we look at the most fun part of your nonfiction proposal -- getting your book into readers' hands. It's time to talk marketing and promotional plans. (Novelists, you might want to follow along too, as all of us are expected to help promote our books these days.) If you've... Continue Reading →
For those joining us for the first time, we've been stepping through the various elements of a Nonfiction Proposal. Most novel-length nonfiction is sold on proposal rather than with a fully finished manuscript, so structuring a strong proposal is your first step to querying agents and publishers. This month we'll look at the Competitive Analysis... Continue Reading →
News flash: Your book is a product, like a car, computer, or denture cream. And like denture cream (and cars and computers), not everyone in the world wants or needs your book. The group most likely to buy your book is known as your market (or audience). Think about it...who buys denture cream? People with... Continue Reading →