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Social Networking 101 for Children’s Book Authors

March 15, 2010 by  
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This topic is WAAAYYY too big for one little blog post (which is why it’s a 101 as opposed to a 500).  That said, for those of you who are wondering if social networking applies to children’s book authors, the answer is a resounding YES.  These days, if you’re not leveraging the power of social […]


February 15, 2010 by  
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Question: How can you turn one book into multiple sources of income, and continue to promote the original book at the same time? Answer: Re-purpose it! Re-purposing means converting the content from your book(s) into as many other formats as you can. Could your book make an audio book? An E-book? A web game?  Is […]

Agents and Publishers

February 8, 2010 by  
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Two of the most frequently asked questions I hear from aspiring authors are: “Do I really need an agent?” and “How do I get one?” The answer to the first question is: Ideally, yes. Agents handle everything from submitting your manuscripts to publishers, to negotiating contracts  and overseeing royalty statements, in exchange for which they […]

Cover and Query Letters

February 1, 2010 by  
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Whether you are submitting to an agent or a publisher, you must include a cover letter and an up-to-date bio with your manuscript. Keep in mind the following: –  Be brief and respectful of the agent or editor’s time and expertise. Don’t try to be hip, funny or bossy…  a simple “Enclosed please find my […]

Submissions 101

January 25, 2010 by  
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So, you’ve written a children’s book and you’re ready to submit it to an agent and/or a publisher.  The following are the industry standards for manuscript submission, regardless of  whether the manuscript is for a picture book, a chapter book or a novel: Standard white paper – Don’t even think of using colored paper! Black […]

Gotta Getta Website!

January 11, 2010 by  
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You knew this was coming (and hopefully most of you have already done this): You must have your own website. Even better is to have a website for yourself as an author, and one for each of your book projects. The URL (web address) for your own site should ideally be your name with “.com” […]

Products and Promotional Materials

January 4, 2010 by  
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Last week we talked about identifying and reaching out to your niche, or your target audience, and not relying on your publisher to do so for you. Another thing you should not rely on your publisher to do is create promotional materials. Over the years, we have designed and/or made our own bookmarks, postcards, posters, […]

What’s Your Niche?

December 29, 2009 by  
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OK, it’s not Monday, but the holidays have intervened. That said, let’s talk about niches. Having a niche means being known as “The Person Who Writes X,” as in “Oh, that’s the person who writes those talking truck books” or “That’s the person who writes those steamy vampire novels.”  When you have a niche, you […]

Put Your Best Foot Forward

December 14, 2009 by  
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Most publishing houses make acquisitions decisions by committee.  Having been a fly on the wall at a lot of those meetings, as well as having made acquisitions decisions myself, I know that agents, editors and publishers often won’t read past the third page if a manuscript feels overwritten, under-developed, overly derivative or out of touch […]

Know the Market!

December 7, 2009 by  
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It’s been said that we all run at least two businesses – the business we’re in, and the business of marketing the business we’re in.  Writers are often daunted by this.  “I’m an artist!” we think, “I don’t know anything about marketing, or sales, or business!”  Roll up your sleeves and let’s get to work. […]

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