When pitching to an agent is a bad idea

When pitching to an agent is a bad idea

When pitching to an agent is a bad idea

Once upon a time, there was a writer who desperately wanted to write a blockbusting commercial fiction piece of work that would make everyone stand up and shout. He even started writing it! woot! Then he decided to go to a conference and promote it via an agent/author sit-down. Want to know what happened? Check it out. What happens when you try to pitch a book before it is even finished? Mr-I-Am-Writing-A-Book went to a writer’s con and signed up to sit down with an agent to talk about his work. Pitch it to her. Her response? You are wasting

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When does a book need a prologue?

When does a book need a prologue?

Writers are a pretty predictable bunch. We sit down, create a story, maybe outline or do a plot plan. Then we write. And sometimes the first things out of our fingers is a prologue. Or a flashback. You know, a “before there was this, there was THIS” sort of thing. Those types of beginnings are okay. They are sometimes required. But you should know that most agents hate them. Most editors/publishers and other of that ilk hate them too. They hates them my preciousssss. Well, why? Because as a general rule, this stuff is backstory. It’s something for you as

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Previously published

Previously published

So, I have been going out checking other people’s blogs to see what others are posting about. There are a lot of blogs that have been abandoned. Well, I guess with Facebook and Twitter, who has time? I do it for my sanity’s sake. But there was one that I have always gone back to year after year that always makes me snicker over my morning cup. And today, it was all about people calling themselves published when they have used a company (note I didn’t call them a publisher) to “publish” their book. If you have to pay them

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Writer Groupie Episode 28 Interview with Maddie James

Writer Groupie Episode 28 Interview with Maddie James

Maddie James is the bestselling author of over forty romance novels published worldwide in over six languages. Available in ebook, trade paperback and audiobook, her titles span the romance genre from contemporary, to paranormal, to romantic suspense. Her books have landed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo top-selling lists, and she has been listed as a Top 100 Most Popular Contemporary Romance Author at Amazon. Writing as Bella Masters, she writes erotic romance/erotic fiction. In her spare time, she is the CEO/Publisher of a small romance publishing house called Turquoise Morning Press. Maddie is a member of Romance Writers

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Interview with Chad Martin, author, publisher

PODCAST Interview with Chad Martin Chad Martin Chad Martin is the co-owner of Laurel Rose Publishing and co-author of the Loralai Ledbetter series of books for children. Chad was my guest on a podcast (audio only) interview recently and here are a few of the things we discussed: How he got started in writing and publishing What Laurel Rose Publishing can do for authors in this DIY world How helping authors trumps making money What a potential author has to do to get published by Laurel Rose Publishing What Laurel Rose Publishing does in editing and art Author Rodeo Roundup,

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