How to Write a Query Letter: The Formula for Great Results

How to Write a Query Letter: The Formula for Great Results

If you’re looking to get a traditional publishing deal, a great query letter is a must. But it seems like a dark art: what do agents and editors want to see in that first moment of contact? How do you cut through all the clutter and get the agent to actually read your...
How Advances and Royalties Really Work

How Advances and Royalties Really Work

Six-figure advance! Huge deal for new series by beloved bestselling author! Novel by new author goes for crazy amount at auction! Industry headlines scream about how much traditionally published authors can make—massive advances, bidding wars on books—but have you...
5 Ways Writing By Hand Can Boost Your Creative Career

5 Ways Writing By Hand Can Boost Your Creative Career

These days, the vast majority of us always have a keyboard of some kind close by. Whether that’s the tiny virtual keyboard on your phone, the compact layout on your laptop, or a perfectly positioned and broken-in desktop keyboard, there’s always something nearby to...
Sell Sheets: How to Pitch Your Book to Reviewers

Sell Sheets: How to Pitch Your Book to Reviewers

It’s four months before the big day—four months until you publish your book! Everything is written, revised, edited, and laid out and you’re even finalizing your cover. You’ve made your marketing plans, and part of that includes pursuing professional reviews. You’re...
Pre-Publication Copies: Galleys vs. ARCs and Why You Should Care

Pre-Publication Copies: Galleys vs. ARCs and Why You Should Care

If you want to launch your book with strong word of mouth and sales right out of the gate, then you need to do some groundwork months in advance. That involves building your author website, starting your email newsletter list, posting excerpts or teasers, and putting...