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Bethany C. Morrow @BCMorrowFriendly reminder: if you're tweeting in support, it's always a capital B.
#Pubtip: since it’s non-standard (for now), make sure your publisher knows in advance to keep “Black” capitalized in copyediting. This came up as an issue on a book I rep.
Anne Tibbets @AnneTibbetsI'm trying to give you all the tools to put your best foot forward to get that agent, and then get that sale.
If you don't want to build a website, fine. Don't. Keep scrolling.
But I'm telling you, it CAN hurt you if you don't have one.
It's just my 2 cents.
Take it or leave it.
Unless you're a household name/have long wikipedia page/extensive IMDB credits, you need a website if you'll be querying agents or publishers. #pubtip
Anne Tibbets @AnneTibbetsGreat article about literary agents and how they help clients avoid contract pitfalls - in Forbes >>> forbes.com/sites/rachelkr…
Contract terms I see a lot now that are my pet peeves:
-Charging index fees against the advance instead of royalties
-Next book option tied to publication instead of D&A
Q: Will the publisher change the title of my book?
A: Sometimes. If you love the title you pitched, make sure your editor knows this. Ask upfront what the publishing team thought of it. You often can get mutual approval for the title in the contract.
Lynn Johnston @lynnjohnstonlitYesterday I thought of a great title for my client's book project that sharpens the thesis & makes the whole project more marketable. The right title can do this! In honor of my brilliant brainstorm, here is a mini Q&A about book titles. #pubtip
Q: Can my title be the same as another book's?
A: Short answer: yes. Titles are not copyrighted. But if the other book is well-known & in the same category, then I suggest you find an alternative.
#Pubtip If you need more time (life happens), ask for an extension asap so the publisher can adjust the schedule. If you don't get more time, aim to turn in even a rough draft. You likely will have another pass after the editor reviews it.
Ryan Foland @ryanfolandSo, I'm at the airport & I go to the bar to wait for my flight.
I meet a lady, we make small talk, I mentioned I was in town speaking. She kept asking questions, which led to me to mentioning my book.
I had one on me. She asked to see.
And she bought it.
How cool is that?!🙌 pic.twitter.com/TNS6liZaHZ
This cute story made me think of a #pubtip for authors. When & if your hardcover gets "remaindered" the publisher should give you notice & chance to buy highly discounted copies. Grab all you can afford to give as gifts & for future signings.
Anne Tibbets @AnneTibbets@ColorMeREADing Include in your pitch:
[Your book] has the tone of [book comp 1], the world of [book comp 2], and the [plot device] of [book comp 3]."
Brooke Warner @brooke_warnerThe short book is on trend. Let your content pack a punch. Don’t meander or write superfluously. You can give your reader a good dose of wow in a pretty small package—and you’ll probably sell more books as a result. #writetip #writers
Co-sign. Attention spans being what they are right now, either offer readers an immersive escape or quick powerhouse. #pubtip
Anne Tibbets ::CLOSED TO QUERIES:: @AnneTibbetsSAMPLES OF A QUERY PITCH PARAGRAPH
#amquerying #amwriting #writingcommunity
These are so good. You should practice writing a few pitch paragraphs about favorite books before doing yours. #pubtip
3) Cash: how you split income. The author can guarantee the writer a set fee no matter how much (or little) money the book makes. The parties can split the advance and/or royalties. Decide if there's a cap to the writer's earnings. I've seen many variations.
If it's truly a 50-50 collaboration, the copyright can be in both names. Keep in mind, both parties will need to agree on any decision, which gets tricky if the book has a long life since 2 separate sets of heirs may need to agree in the future.
2) Copyright: Regardless of the credit, who owns the material? Often the writer is a "work for hire" & the copyright is in the author's name only. This is the person making decisions about what happens to the property (foreign rights, tv/film).
1) Credit: the name(s) on the cover of the book. If it's ghost writing, only the author's name is credited. If a co-writer will get credit, decide on the order & how the names are to be separated. E.g."and" or "with." Let your publisher know the credit line.