L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Here’s the breakdown on what you need to know when signing a book contract that includes an advance, including what it means and how it works. Brian A. Klems Q: What is an advance, how much is an average advance, and how does it work? —Phyllis C. When a publisher is interested in acquiring a …

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Katisha Smith Here at Book Riot, we are obviously into books. We love all books equally, but sometimes prefer a certain format when it comes to reading.  Some Rioters detest hardcover books. Others love mass market paperbacks. Of course, we know audiobooks are more than just a trend. Personally, I prefer reading ebooks because I …

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You’ve decided to submit your manuscript to an independent publisher. Now what? The staff of four indie presses answer WD’s questions about small publishers. Cassandra Lipp This issue of WD celebrates the work that independent publishers do to serve authors and better the literary landscape. But don’t just take our word for it; hear the …

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By Nancy L. Erickson The most important part of writing and publishing a book is always whatever you are working on at the moment. Here’s a guide to get you started. As a book coach, I’m often asked the blanket question: “How do I write a book and get it published?” The short answer? Make …

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*LANGUAGE WARNING terribleminds 1. This Industry Is Alarmingly Subjective Despite the promises of certain snake oil salesmen offering to sell you a magical unguent that — once slathered upon your inflamed nethers — will assure that your book gets published, no actual formula for success exists. If it did, a book would go out into the world …

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By Sally Harris No-one told me writing should come with a health warning. Something like on cigarette packets would be great; a shocking or disturbing thing to dissuade the unwary from venturing too near pen, paper or laptop. When I signed up for a creative writing course several years ago, I assumed it would be …

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Harry Bingham The all you need to know guide Getting a book published, even your first book – that sounds like it should be pretty do-able, right? And so it is, but the publishing industry is (inevitably) pretty complex, and can generate massively different outcomes depending on the choices you are about to make. In …

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Via Jericho Writers Over the years, there have been countless bold (and sometimes barmy) predictions about the future of the publishing industry – and of course the industry is still evolving at a rate unprecedented since Guttenberg first looked at a wine press and thought, ‘Hey, now hang on a minute…’ The rate of change …

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The communications manager of We Need Diverse Books asks that publishers continue to allow employees to work from home after the Covid-19 outbreak fades. By Alaina Leary “This is not a remote position. Candidates are expected to perform work on-site in our office,” is a line that I look for in every job posting before …

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Karen DeGroot Carter Insights into popular genres, author marketing, audiobooks, and more For a look at current trends in book publishing, I immediately turn to industry insider Jane Friedman, author of The Business of Being an Author and the top resource on the web for developments in the world of traditional publishing. In her October …

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