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8 Tips for Working With Beta Readers (Editing Series, Part 2)

“The self edited author is as foolish as the self medicated patient.” – Guy Kawasaki, APE (Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur) For many writers, finding the right editor is the first real challenge they face in their journey toward publication. So far, your words have been entirely yours. But now it’s time to send those words out into the world. Are they ready? Are YOU ready? To be sure, you’ll need an editor…probably more than one. You should not be the only person who has seen your material when you start pitching or selling it. Getting good editorial feedback (and learning from it) is the most important thing you can do to make your book a success. Whether you are planning to self publish or find a literary agent and/or traditional publisher, the old cliché is true: you only have one chance to make a first impression. Don’t blow it by missing […]

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Do you need a literary agent?

“It’s time for me to get an agent,” the writer told me. “I’m tired of trying to market my work all by myself.” While I sympathize with the tired feeling, I had to break it to him that an agent wasn’t going to relieve him of his marketing responsibilities. Whether you have a publisher, an agent, or you’re on your own, making yourself visible to readers will always be your job as the author. So then why would you need an agent? If you want to be published by a large or mid-sized traditional publisher, you need an agent. Those houses usually look to agents as scouts and gatekeepers, sorting through the thousands of “slush pile” submissions to find the handful of quality, timely projects that a publisher will support each year. On the other hand, if your book would be better with a small, regional, or university press, then […]

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  • It’s Up to You to Get Noticed (Before You Self Publish #5)
    If you want to self publish, you will have to work to get noticed. Here we are at last, on the final point of this blog series “Before You Self Publish.” So far we’ve talking about the importance of thinking like a CEO, the danger of releasing a book too soon, the value of print, and the importance of the...
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