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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: August 2012

BY , AUGUST 23, 2012 | PERMALINK
Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of eight places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. 

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Kensington: New York’s largest privately owned publishing house, Kensington, is currently searching for new talent! Editors are accepting queries via e-mail for fiction and non-fiction submissions. To learn more about Kensington’s editors and what they’re looking for, as well as to learn how to submit a query, visit their website here.


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Karen Robards Gives Advice to Aspiring Writers - With Giveaway!

BY , AUGUST 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

Bestselling author Karen Robards, and recent winner of the RT Seal of Excellence in January for Sleepwalker, is back with her latest book, a heart-pounding romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, The Last Victim. And she is blogging here today to give hopeful authors the breakdown on what it takes to be a successful romance writer.


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RWA 2012: From Vampires to Dragons With Yasmine Galenorn

BY , AUGUST 01, 2012 | PERMALINK

When seeking advice on how to breathe life into your paranormal characters, look no further than the pro: Yasmine Galenorn. The author, creator of the Otherworld series, has penned many mystical beings and their worlds in rich, compelling detail. Take, for example, the engrossing D’Artigo Sisters. The three women, half-human, half-fae, have went on to inspire a 13-book series. At a craft workshop during the 2012 RWA Conference, the author shared her tips on creating life-like paranormal characters with aspiring writers. 

Tip #1 - When crafting a book, leave 90% of the main characters’ back stories out

Galenorn says that it is important for the author to know just about everything about their characters. But when it comes to imparting this information to the reader, be very careful. “Authors need to ask themselves if it is necessary for the reader to know something or just get to see the outcome.”


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Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write Conference/Contest Returns This September

BY , JULY 12, 2012 | PERMALINK

Do you have what it takes to be Harlequin’s next top author? Then mark your calendar, because Harlequin’s popular conference and contest, So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW), returns this September from the 17th to the 21st. This week-long conference is free, available online and culminates in a contest where the winner walks away with the prize of a Harlequin publishing contract.

What Is It Exactly? SYTYCW is a free virtual romance-writing “boot camp” that is open to everyone who wants to write a novel that will get noticed. And for the first time this year, the conference and contest is available to writers all around the world. SYTYCW offers aspiring romance authors the chance to get tips from over 50 Harlequin editors from their offices in New York, Toronto and London. Have a burning question about a specific line you’ve been dying to pitch? Now’s the time to get answers! Using social media, editors will be available via live chats, Twitter and in community discussions. They will also be sharing their industry know-how through podcasts, videos, webinars and blogs. Plus all this work will help you get ready to submit your manuscript into the So You Think You Can Write contest!


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Where To Submit Your Manuscript: June 2012

BY , JUNE 27, 2012 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses and only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” These days many of the major publishing houses rely on their ties with literary agents and in-house promotions to find new authors. But don’t despair; today we’ve come up with a list of ten places — from off-the-beaten path publishers to special back doors of the big-name houses — that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission. 

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Mythbuster: The Truth About The Stars of Self-Publishing

BY , JUNE 26, 2012 | PERMALINK

The stars of self-publishing certainly shine bright and cast a long shadow. But beyond the Amanda Hockings and J.A. Konraths of the self-publishing world, have you ever wondered exactly who it is who is making it big? Recently we bought you great feedback from Smashwords founder Mark Coker, designed to help you self-publish smarter. But today join us for a rousing game of Mythbuster: The Truth About The Stars of Self-Publishing.


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Video Interview: Smashwords Founder And CEO Mark Coker

BY , JUNE 20, 2012 | PERMALINK

Smashwords.com is one of the top platforms for authors looking to take the self-publishing route. At this year's RT Booklovers Convention, Smashwords CEO and founder Mark Coker was on-hand to chat with aspiring and published authors about the world of self-publishing. In this video interview, Coker chats with RT's Morgan about how he started Smashwords and built it into a highly successful online self-publishing platform.

Discover some of the amazing opportunities out there for authors to directly reach readers. Then find out what analyzing Smashwords' e-book sales over the last year has revealed in terms of the best-selling price points, story lengths and genres for your self-published writing. (Coker does advise that authors approach self-publishing with a cautious optimism, because not everyone will be instant bestsellers.) Discover what Coker knows about the new frontier that is self-publishing with this RT-exclusive interview. And if you want more self-publishing tips from Mark Coker after watching the video, check out the blog post about his RT Convention panel for even more tips on the best self-publishing practices.


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How Authors Can Boost Readership With Amazon Author Central

BY , JUNE 15, 2012 | PERMALINK

What is another way to get reader recognition for your books — and your name? Update your Amazon Author Central profile. We’ve shed some light on the perks of self-publishing with Amazon’s CreateSpace and Kindle Digital Publishing programs and helped highlight which is the right platform for you to use. Today we are taking a look at another underutilized tool that Amazon offers authors — their Author Central pages.

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Amazon Author Central in one sentence … is a free author profile page (similar to a Facebook page) that helps authors connect with readers!

What is an Amazon Author Central page? This is a page on the Amazon website that is automatically created for any author whose books are sold on the Amazon.com website. Authors can fill in this page with more information including a biography, booklist and more.


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BEA 2012: We Compare Amazon's CreateSpace to Kindle Direct Publishing

BY , JUNE 14, 2012 | PERMALINK

Yesterday we brought you a look at the perks of using CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing to self-publish your manuscript. So why would you opt to use CreateSpace versus KDP, or vice versa? Well, today we outline the two platforms to help you decide which to use to take your book from manuscript to moneymaker!

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CreateSpace in one easy phrase … is for authors looking to self-publishing print books.

What does it cost? This process can be completely free, and that experience comes with several no-fee tools to help you go from manuscript to print book. These include a cover creator, a way to preview your book in order to get customized feedback, share your work with a select audience and make updates to your manuscript based on what people say, and finally an updated way to take a look at your manuscript before it becomes a book with Interior Reviewer.


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BEA 2012: How To Publish With Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing And CreateSpace

BY , JUNE 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

This year at BookExpo America one of the newest publishers on the block — Internet giant Amazon — was making waves. Not only were they all over the showroom floor, accessible to readers and authors alike, during the convention Amazon’s indie publishing arm hosted a panel specifically for authors. During the seminar, Amazon Community Outreach Product Manager Thom Kephart gave writers a look inside of Amazon’s self-publishing ventures.

With so much going on at Amazon, it was great to get easy-to-understand breakdown of the two indie publishing services — CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing — and take a look at some of the perks of using the Amazon publishing tools.


Authors who have self-published with Amazon share their success stories with audience members at BEA 2012

So what is the fundamental difference between CreateSpace and KDP? Kephart explained that it’s very simple. CreateSpace is a tool that allows authors to self-publish print books. While KDP allows authors to self-publish e-books.

Kephart started the panel with a look at some of the many reasons that authors may want to opt for one of the retailer’s self-publishing, or what they call indie publishing, options. He explained that there are four prongs to the perks of using either Amazon’s CreateSpace or KDP options to get your book into the hands (or onto the e-readers) of book lovers.


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