In the last few years, girls in titles have infiltrated bookstores and subsequently movie theaters. Why are they so popular? Why should (or shouldn’t) you give your novel one of those coveted Girl titles? Here's what you need to know.
Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of any conference, whether it’s a cosplay-loaded comic book convention, a business-centric event like BEA or a mystery con that’s geared to fans and authors.
It’s not enough to just write prolifically. You need to develop an audience, and deliver them excellent content. Here’s 15 ways to handle developing an audience as a writer.
With a few simple, inexpensive tricks, you can turn any area—no matter how small, and even if you write in a coffee shop or other public place—into a crucible for creativity.
Like a dream book publicist, Facebook has helped me in many ways. Here's how it can help you as a writer.
There are so many ways to get the word out about your book starting with your own community. Here are a number of strategies for you to use to promote your book.
From the moment you touch fingers to keyboard or pen to paper, you dream of this moment. Here's what it's like when it finally happens.
Here are the six steps you should consider when selecting the right publicity firm for you.
A literary agent shares a real-life novel pitch that ultimately led to a book deal—and shows you how to query your own work with success.
If a literary agent asks for a six-week exclusive window to look at your manuscript, should you grant it? Here's what you should consider.
If you’re a self-published author, you know it’s an arduous task to get your books noticed, and as the self-publishing industry continues to expand, there is a growing difficulty for authors to stand out. Kindle claims to have close to 4 million e-books in its store, and I’ve heard recent estimates...
Events are complex beasts and the devil is in the details, so here are some key pointers to give you the best possible chance for a full house at your book release party.
If you are like me, the very words “marketing” and “publicity” exhaust you. Here's what you need to know about hiring a publicist.
Every press kit requires 8 main parts. Here's what to include and how to put it all together in a professional way.
Your online home is your single most important tool for promoting yourself and your work. Here’s how to start today and build for tomorrow.
Here’s how winning a single major writing competition made the difference and helped me (and can help you) get published.
Here are 7 important elements that you need to address (and fix) in your novel before sending out to literary agents and publishers.
Here's a list of common publishing lingo that you should know before sending your query off to agents. (And if you don't know what a query is, this list will definitely help you.)
Here are a list of 10 ingredients necessary to pull off a spectacular book launch party.
Video book trailers are fast becoming an effective tool for book promotion. Try these approaches for creating and distributing one of your own.
I've always been a big nerd. But for one shining moment, one GLORIOUS MOMENT, when I finished writing my book, OH BOY, YOU'RE HAVING A GIRL: A Dad's Survival Guide to Raising Daughters, I felt like a complete and utter badass. Here's why.
Hi, WD community! Today we’re sharing a guest post from J.E. Fishman, a former editor and literary agent turned author. He has penned Dynamite: A Concise History of the NYPD Bomb Squad and the novels Primacy, Cadaver Blues, and The Dark Pool. His Bomb Squad NYC series of police thrillers launches this month with A Danger to Himself and Others, Death...
Is your online home ready for visitors—say, editors, agents and your future fans? Tidy up your digital den with our blueprint for success.
Author and marketing guru (and former WD columnist) MJ Rose capped the day of ThrillerFest sessions off with “Buzz Your Book: And the New Reality.” So what’s the new reality? Rose explains, and gives the 411 on an modern marketing essentials.
Why isn't my book selling better than I expected? I hear this question on a regular basis from authors across America. There is no easy answer. However, there are a few ways to identify the root problem. Above all, if you've written a book that isn't selling well, don't blame the...