Category Archives: Getting Published

Generosity Will Help You Build Your Book Business

Tara Majuta used her business degree at a financial management firm until she realized it was sucking the creativity right out of her. So she decided to be a novelist instead. To fund that endeavor, she learned about novel writing … Continue reading

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How to Know When Your Novel is “Ready”

Kim Rendfeld worked as a journalist in Indiana for 17 years before her husband took a job on the opposite side of the state. Now she she’s a copy editor for an Indiana university. While on a family vacation in Germany … Continue reading

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Never Give Up

Jenny Milchman wrote eight novels before finding a publisher. It took 13 years. Cover of Snow debuted in 2013 and earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal … Continue reading

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Reading, Writing and Community

Sophie Littlefield, award-winning author of 24 books (16 of them published), says she found publishing success through reading, writing and community. “I’ve been writing my entire life,” she said. She quit her day job in the early 1990s to raise her … Continue reading

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A Disaster Survivor Becomes a Disaster Author

M. J. Neary describes herself as a disaster author because she writes about natural, political and social disasters—often with a different perspective from other historians. An award-winning historical essayist, multilingual arts and entertainment journalist, published poet, playwright, actress, dancer and choreographer, … Continue reading

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Using Social Media to Solve a Murder

Wendy Sand Eckel is a licensed social worker who self-published her first book about helping her dyslexic daughter learn to read and write. That experience convinced her that she wanted to be published the traditional way. Her debut traditionally-published novel, named … Continue reading

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Give Me Conflict

Jessica Faust, President of the BookEnds Literary Agency, kindly granted permission to repost the following excellent explanation of how to grab an agent’s attention in the short three seconds they will give a query before they move on. Thanks, Jessica! … Continue reading

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Making it to the Bestseller List

Hank Phillippi Ryan‘s latest novel—The Wrong Girl—reached the Boston Globe Bestseller list within a week of its September 2013 release. I caught up to Hank during a whirlwind book tour. She wasn’t even sure what town she was in until she … Continue reading

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Celebrate and Protect Your Imagination

  Amy Abrams is a journalist, author and marketing professional who published her debut novel, The Cage and The Key, in May 2013. That was one day after the release of her art-themed nonfiction book, Schenck in the 21st Century: The Myth of … Continue reading

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Storytelling for a Cause

Wado is the Cherokee word for thank you. I learned that from Deborah Ledford’s online benefit, NatAmGoGo. The purpose of the benefit is to help a 501(c)3 nonprofit called Blue Feather Corporation to keep Native American language and culture alive. … Continue reading

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