Posts tagged "authors"

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent and Business Owner A book is a GREAT calling card… …but only if you use it to “call” on people! Are you published already? Have a book in the works or in your head? For a few hundred dollars, anybody can self-publish a digital book. Add a few bucks more, […]

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent It’s pretty sad when you put all that time, thought, effort and in some cases money into creating a book and it doesn’t sell. Thousands of people will have a book release from a “legitimate” publisher and more than 75% of them will under-perform. More than 400,000 people will self-publish […]

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent It’s lunch and you’re hungry.  You want a cheese sandwich.  The number of decisions that might go into this allegedly simple decision are potentially infinite. Assuming you can have anything you want in this world full of possibilities:   Do you want the wheat, rye, white, brioche, pumpernickel or rustica? […]

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent Anybody with a credit card can self-publish… But the authors who want their book to have maximum impact on the world and on their own bottom line invariably seek out bona fide, legitimate publishers. You know, the kind of people who pay an advance for the honor of printing your […]

  Dear Literary Agent, I have finished my very first novel.  It is a science fiction story that I think is very unique and could attract a lot of attention from agents and editors. I want to make sure it is in the best shape possible, though, before I start pitching.  Do I need to […]

By Megan Close Zavala, Literary Agent This is a continuation in a series of columns about mistakes that even the greatest writers make.  If you’d like to check out that the earlier posts, please click here: What Good Writers Do Badly, Part I What Good Writers Do Badly, Part II   #7: They Procrastinate I […]

  Dear Literary Agent, I submitted queries to ten different agents over the past few weeks and I have only heard back from one – a rejection.  Why have the other nine not responded?  Should I consider their lack of response as a rejection, too?  Should I call them to follow up?   Sincerely, Holding […]