The most important thing any author needs to know about book distribution is that more than half of all book sales (regardless of format) take place online.
My industry newsletter for authors, The Hot Sheet, released a special (and free) issue last week with original reporting from Digital Book World.
Is it better to look for a literary agent first, or to approach editors and publishers? Much depends on the commercial potential of your work.
If you’re preparing to pitch your nonfiction work to agents or publishers, you may have heard about the necessity of platform. What if you don’t have one?
As the publishing industry has transformed in the digital age, small press activity has proliferated. Here’s how authors can evaluate their offerings.
Today’s guest post is from writer and Sidebar Saturdays blogger Matt Knight (@mattknightbooks). One of many worrisome areas for writers negotiating publishing contracts is who has final word when editing a manuscript for publication. Publishing agreements define the right to creative control over the manuscript in the editing clause. Typically, that right goes to the […]
But being able to truly see if you’ve been successful in writing a compelling work requires objectivity and distance than can be hard to achieve on your own—and this is where a professional editor comes in.
The No. 1 disappointment of published authors is the lack of marketing support from their publisher. Here’s how to prepare for what will—and won’t—happen.
Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? This infographic will help you determine the best choice for you and your project.
No one used to question the value of a publisher, but now everyone’s wondering: What are they good for?
This printable and interactive checklist guides your self-publishing project to completion, to ensure you don’t miss any important steps and to help you hit your target pub date.
The most important publishing industry headlines and stories that every writer should keep an eye on in 2016.
I am thrilled to announce that my 24-lecture series on how to publish your book is now available from The Great Courses.
As publishing becomes increasingly digital-driven, how are the business models for authorship changing?
Publishers use a P&L (profit & loss) statement to determine whether a book makes financial sense to publish. Here’s how they work—plus an example form.
Author Carol Bodensteiner answers the seven questions she gets most about working with Amazon Publishing.
Publishers rarely see any money in anthologies and frequently reject them. But one author was still able to find a home for her project.
A step-by-step guide to finding literary agents, plus how to select the right agent for you and your work.
Last month, author Harry Bingham and I launched an author survey to explore the experiences and current leanings of traditionally published authors in the English language. The Bookseller in the UK originally reported on the survey here; it can catch you up on what we hoped to accomplish with this effort. So the results are now in. We received 812 responses; you can view […]
Working with a small press is an option many authors never consider. It’s the shadowy middle ground between self-pub and a Big Five contract.
Nielsen offers fascinating insights into how the children’s market is driving growth in the overall publishing industry.
I’ve revisited my No. 1 post on how to get published—adding more advice and instruction.
At conferences, I’m often asked by writers if they “have what it takes” to be a successful writer. I usually interpret that question as: “Do I have talent?”
Today’s guest post is excerpted from Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro by Katherine Pickett (@KPickett_Editor). What Is a Developmental Editor? Developmental editors (DEs) are concerned with the structure and content of your book. If your manuscript lacks focus, your DE will help you find the right direction—the “right” […]