July 8, 2012

Should authors copyright their work?

Copyrights, patents, trademarks and other legal terms can be confusing for authors and those in creative professions. But it’s important to be aware of what they […]
May 11, 2012

Average word count for books: How long should a novel be?

This question came in as a reader comment on one of the earlier blog posts. This question about average word count was on my mind as […]
April 14, 2012

10 depressing facts about the book publishing industry

Steven Piersanti (President, Berrett-Koehler Publishers) recently published a top 10 list on the trends in the publishing industry. Though the numbers that are cited in the […]
April 7, 2012

Book publishing industry: How the revenue pie gets shared

In traditional book publishing, authors get the short end of the stick. You already knew that. We are talking about income in the form of book […]
March 31, 2012

New writers & authors: Ready to be a book salesman?

When it comes to selling novels, there is a common assumption (and practice) in the publishing world. After the author has received his share of limelight […]
March 24, 2012

Book promotion: Celebrity book launch vs low key event

In the era of information overload, when anyone wants to be heard what’s the best strategy? Shout. The louder, the better. Would you agree? Hold on […]
March 17, 2012

Pros and cons of choosing a small publisher

Most authors who have a novel or non-fiction book ready for submission, start the query letter process by listing out the traditional publishing houses – Penguin, […]
March 10, 2012

Hiring a freelance editor for proofreading & editing your book

Freelance editors work with new writers (or even experienced ones) to polish their novel or non-fiction manuscript before it gets submitted to literary agents or publishers. […]
March 3, 2012

How to write your first book and FINISH it

Advice on how to start writing a book is quite different from tips on how to finish a book. What genre your novel will fall in, […]
February 25, 2012

Query letter rejections: How writers can deal with it

Query letters for books need a lot of TLC (tender love & care) to create. Getting the mailing list of the best literary agents and publishers […]
February 18, 2012

Book promotion: Will you give away your book for free?

After you’ve spent hundreds (thousands) of hours working on your book and getting it published, what would your reaction be if you saw it available for […]
February 11, 2012

Writing a book: How to choose a genre?

How you write and structure a book has a lot to do with what genre you choose. This decision will also have a big influence on […]