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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: How To Plot Your Writing Career

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of the most appropriate panels for today’s changing Publishing Industry was Wednesday’s “Plotting Your Career.” This session was presented by agents Deirdre Knight and Elaine Spencer of the Knight Agency, and Knight Agency clients Shannon K. Butcher and Kristen Painter. And today RT’s Stacey Agdern shares her take on the panel:

Today’s panel stressed the importance of having a mentor or someone you trust to help you navigate the changes of the publishing world. Because anybody who’s been paying attention to the news recently is aware that publishing is changing and rapidly. And one of things these changes directly effect is how an author should “plot their career.” But what does this mean? 

Traditional methods of viewing long term goals no longer work in today’s publishing industry where advice given six months before could potentially no longer be effective. Answers to questions about whether to stay in print or go to e-book, foreign rights, whether to self publish or stay with a publisher change constantly. As a result, Deidre Knight reminded all of us that it’s important for people to decide “what represents the fulfillment of their dream or goal.”


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Agents Talk About The Publishing Industry And Answer Authors' Questions

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

Writing may be a solitary business, but getting your book published certainly isn't. This morning aspiring authors heard from some of the top editors in the publishing industry in an intensely focused writer session. And then it was onto the packed agents panel, after lunch. Agents including Laura Bradford of the Bradford Literary Agency, Jessica Faust of the BookEnds Literary Agency, and Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary agency were among those on the panel giving their advice and answering questions. (For a complete list of the agents at the panel, check at the bottom of this blog!) Author Mia Marlowe moderated as agents talked about their role in the publishing industry. 


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Get The Insider Details From The Editors At The Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today writers got to spend an hour-long focused sessions with representatives from some of the best publishing houses in the nation. Attendees heard from editors such as Alicia Condon of Kensington, Heather Osborn of Samhain and Angela James of Carina Press. There were also representatives from Grand Central, St. Martins, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Tor and more. The panel was moderated by author Judi McCoy, for a complete list of as agents at the panel giving advice and answered questions, check the bottom of this special guest post by RT's Stacey Agdern.


One of the great things about the RT conference is that an attendee could be at a western party one minute and at a business panel the next. This afternoon’s editor’s panel was upbeat and excited as the group of editors who were willing to talk, listen and explain to attendees who had questions.

The news in historical is that the field is wide open. St Martins Press Editor Monique Patterson pointed out that historical fiction is a better fit when dealing with more international settings and more recent time periods. But Decadent’s Heather Bennet was among the group of editors who assured the audience that they would be open to historical romance set in a typical places and time periods.


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RT Booklovers Convention 2011: Wooing The Masses With E-Book Marketing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 07, 2011 | PERMALINK

At this morning’s E-Book Marketing Panel “Wooing the Masses" e-book authors from across the genres shared their tips on effective e-marketing. The authors offering advice were Eden Bradley, Mari Carr, Kristen Painter and Jayne Rylon.


During the panel, each author discussed the different things they have done to market themselves and what they found most effective. Mari Carr, who recently co-authored the erotic e-book Northern Exposure with Jane Rylon, said that she felt that she was lucky to find another writer whose voice worked so well with hers. By having a co-author, the writers were able to split both the costs of promotion as well as the workload. Mari shared that they chose to focus their recent marketing efforts on connecting to readers using social media. For example they used Twitter to promote 140 character book quotes and hosted an excerpt party on Facebook.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Convention, E-Book
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Video Interview: Rick Mofina

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Rick Mofina recently introduced his readers to a new thriller series hero, Jack Gannon. This month Jack's latest adventure, In Desperation, received an RT Top Pick! Today the author chats with RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus about the ways that his own background in journalism has influenced his writing and Mofina shares his advice for aspiring authors.

Rick Mofina On Writing >>

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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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Writes And Wrongs: Shiloh Walker On Building Your Mailing List

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-weekly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.

A few columns back, I talked about collecting business cards/addresses when you visited bookstores or met booksellers at conventions or conferences. I also mentioned asking if it would be okay to add the bookseller’s name to your mailing list…

Today, we talk about that mailing list. If you don’t want to build your own or just need some extra exposure, you’ve got several resources for mailing lists. Patricia Rouse is one. She provides a mailing list service. RT provides a service called Bookstores That Care Network. There may be even other options out there.

Now I can’t speak personally for these resources as I’ve built my own mailing list over the past few years.

Why? What was the point? Why should you?

Easy.

Promotion.


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Hannah Jayne Shares Her Approach To Writing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Author Hannah Jayne shares why "There is no plan B" when it comes to her writing career. Learn how the author of this month's Urban Fantasy series starter Under Wraps dove head first into writing.

I’ve known I was going to be a writer since the second grade. I had a brilliant plan post-college — work a respectable 9 to 5 each day, push out the Great American Novel at night. I mean really, how hard could it be? Twenty years and innumerable Pepto-pink cubicle walls later, my 9 to 5 was causing me chest pains and buying my therapist a Mercedes and I had written exactly… nothing. I mean, if you don’t count grocery lists, raving manifestos and scathing emails to Microsoft denouncing their products (I’ve since gone Mac, btw).

So I quit my job. If I was going to be a writer, what better time to start than right now, right?

When I tell this to would-be authors, I’m always met with saucer-wide eyes. “But… what if it didn’t work out?”

To which I stare back blankly.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Get Hands-On Help With Your Writing Skills At The 2011 RT Booklovers Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 11, 2011 | PERMALINK

Hey aspiring writers, what are you doing this weekend? Polishing up your query letter, first pages and synopsis to submit to a hand-ons workshop at the RT convention? That's right, this year at the RT Booklovers Convention in L.A., April 6 - 10, aspiring authors attending the convention have the chance to get their work critiqued by industry professionals. Submit your work and the agents just might pick your piece to discuss at their workshop. Scary? You bet! But totally worth it for invaluable feedback. If you will be attending the convention, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Wonder what's wrong with your query letter, which just isn't getting any bites? Why not submit your draft to literary agents Jessica Faust and Kim Lionetti of BookEnds, LLC, and their Query Power workshop? Just put "RT Convention—Query Power Submission" in the subject line and send your query letter to: Jessica Faust

Stymied by the weight of the dreaded synopsis? Let agent Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management take a peek and give you some pointers! Send your 3-5 page synopsis to Jim, who will select a few to be discussed/critiqued during the session. Please put "RT Convention—Sensational Synopsis Submission" in the subject line and send your 3-5 page synopsis to: Jim McCarthy.


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Lucienne Diver On How To Find A Literary Agent - And Why You Need One

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

Have you ever wanted to know what it is that literary agents actually do? Today Lucienne Diver chats with RT Web Editor Morgan Doremus about the role that agents play in the publishing industry. Diver is currently with the Knight Agency and has almost eighteen years of experience as a literary agent. In this video interview Diver shares her tips on how to find an agent, how to choose an agent — two very different things — and what agents are looking for in their clients.

Lucienne Diver On What Agents Do >>

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Writes And Wrongs: Shiloh Walker On Doing The Blog Thing

BY Shiloh Walker, MARCH 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Best-selling author Shiloh Walker pens this bi-weekly column of online advice for writers. Walker is a full-time author who is published in both e-book and traditional print formats. Now she shares her experience and advice to help aspiring and published authors figure out the "Writes and Wrongs" of the digital world.

Ever wondered if blogging is the thing for you? Trying to decide? Before you go yes or no, here is one rather important question… Can you commit to doing it on a regular basis?

Why is this important?

Blogging has become a ‘community’ of sorts. Now if you’re a big name and you only blog on occasion, it’s not an issue…you’ll catch interest and that’s one of the main reasons we blog, right?

But if you’re not already a name and you only plan to post a blog every three or four weeks, or when you have a new book out, and the only thing you really plan on discussing is promotional-related stuff ... well, it may not be the thing for you. Blogging works best, like most social media tools, when you invest some time into it and interact. It’s not investing time and it’s not interacting if you’re only using it to post when your book is out.


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