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Month: November 2016

How to Promote Your Children’s Book

Lisa Balthazar Book Editing Associates After you’ve written a children’s book, you have to sell it — you didn’t spend all that time and effort just to entertain yourself, did you? Try to accomplish one of the following tasks each week to help your labor of love blossom to life in the marketplace: Add new …

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How the Pitch Works at Writers’ Conferences

by Theodora Bryant, Developmental copy editor / Manuscript evaluations-critiques Writers’ conferences are exciting venues where both established authors and wannabe writers mingle and mix and talk “how-did-you-get-your-first-break?” stories. Agents and editors hook up, do business, and both listen to the wannabe writers’ pitches and decide on the spot if that book sounds like one they could …

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Penetrating Family Mystery via Memoir

An Ordinary Tragedy Author Q&A Lori Hart Beninger’s new book explores memories, research, and interviews with family and friends to understand her brother’s life of escalating crime. This intimate memoir profiles the dynamics of an All-American Family in California and the secrets they kept from the middle 1950s to early 1980s. Editor Marie Valentine checked in with Lori …

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Blog to Book

Dream Publishing with a Self-Help, Self-Published Author In The Inner Guru: Dreams Reveal Your Future, author John Desautels expands on his experience with dreams, with unique insights provided by examples from his more than forty years of dream study. This is a followup to his first book, a memoir, The Man Who Sees Tomorrow in His Dreams. …

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Ghostwriter in Disguise

by Floyd Largent, editor and writer Book Editing Associates Those of us who advertise ourselves as editors here on the network are almost always writers as well. In fact, I think that’s pretty much a prerequisite of the job. As I’ve discussed in previous blog entries, it takes a lot of writing experience to know …

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How to Sell Books to Traditional Publishers

by David Alan, editor and writer The general consensus among aspiring authors is that any yahoo can self-publish but it’s almost impossible to sell your book to a traditional publisher. The first part is certainly true, but selling to traditional publishers is actually realistic. Each year, traditional publishers in the United States publish approximately 300,000 …

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Basics of Book Design, Part 1

There are many online book retailers today, including CreateSpace and Amazon Kindle, Apple iBookstore, Google, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, and Lulu. Publishing has changed in just about every way in my lifetime, but one thing remains the same: the basic rules of good book design and typesetting (also known as page layout and composition). Main …

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Are All the Words In Your Historical Novel Hunky-dory?

by Theodora Bryant, Developmental Copy Editor, Manuscript Evaluations/Critiques First, I’d like to define historical: Any novel you’re writing that takes place before you were born. You have banks of words in your head you grew up with and added to as you matured. Chances are, if your story is centered in your immediate lifetime, is …

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Book Launch Party on the Internet

Interview with Sadia Ash, author of Juniper Smoke Interviewed by Beth Bruno: freelance book editor and author of Wild Tulips BETH: Congratulations, Sadia, on the publication of your first novel. You published a romance novel in 2016 called Juniper Smoke, first as an e-book and three months later in paperback. What marketing approaches have you …

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When Do You Need A Developmental Editor?

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Developmental Editing | Content Development There’s a story here somewhere … Writing a book takes far more effort and knowledge than just sitting down and letting your thoughts run free and your fingers fly over a keyboard. The professional world of publishing has its own guidelines and requirements. Without meeting the requirements of a particular …

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