Tara Parker-Pope @taraparkerpope@maudnewton @CaitlinKellyNYC I much prefer non fiction/memoir audio books read by the author -- it feels weird otherwise.
Something I’ve realized in coming up on two decades of proposal editing: authors almost ever need to divide their chapters into Part I, Part II etc. I.m.e. this is most often an unconscious attempt to end-run the hard work of developing a strong central argument. #pubtip
Laura Portwood-Stacer (she/her) @lportwoodstacerNeed to summarize your book chapters for a book proposal or for that little outline of chapters at the end of yr bk’s intro?
It can feel like a tedious task but it’s helpful for getting clarity on how your book is built & how the reader will experience it.
Here’s how to do it:
Chapter summaries are the necessary evil of book proposals. They can’t seal the deal alone but done right, show you have enough depth for a whole book. #pubtip
Margaret McDeadlines Owen @what_eats_owlsSince I see more authors moving into merchandising (which is imho cool!!) a quick reminder that, unless you have a separate written agreement with the people who did your cover/title design, using either of those for commercial purposes puts you in dicy territory!
Also, make sure your publishing agreement excludes merchandising and paper product rights. It’s also a good idea to state the author reserves all rights not otherwise specified. #pubtip
A #pubtip that's getting increasingly relevant in the work-from-home era: if agents do not clearly welcome submissions by mail or list an address on their website, *absolutely do not go to creepy lengths to look up their home address and send them a physical sub that way.*
I'm closed to submissions until early Jan as are many other agents. #Pubtip it's a good habit to check agency websites/SM before querying but esp over the holidays. In the meantime, here's what you can do while waiting:
Lynn Jones Johnston @lynnjohnstonlitI passed on a well-written proposal with a promising premise. The issue has to do with familiarity editors feel when considering projects. On many topics, the editor has probably seen some version in dozens of proposals & even books she's edited.
The challenge is to stand out. You don't have to present totally new ground BUT you do have to present a fresh take. Do you have a new way to tell the story? Is your conclusion counterintuitive? Highlight the freshest, most unexpected aspects. #pubtip
A felow agent recently tweeted about an agent's job: It's straight-commission self-employment, with no union or benefits. Well, the same goes for book authors: You only eat what you kill, and no one owes you anything. Get used to it. #pubtip
Lynn Jones Johnston @lynnjohnstonlitAuthors, if you see a rival book being published, hope with all your heart for its success. I recently submitted a project to an editor whom I thought would love it. She did. But her group published last year a book with overlapping themes that didn’t sell…
Meaning my submission was a non starter there. The lesson is a good seller hurts no one & as a comp, paves the way for similar books, whereas a poor seller can wreck the category for everyone. TLDR: Wish other authors well. #pubtip
Steven Hutson @wordwiselitDon't be defensive and suspicious toward agents and publishers. It's a waste of energy and emotion. Instead, learn what a good deal looks like, and you'll know when the good isn't there. #pubtip
Be defensive and suspicious toward agents that discourage you from protecting yourself, your work, your dreams, and your career. Educating yourself on what’s “good” applies to vetting your advocates and publisher. #pubtip
Also, supporting one another should have *nothing* to do with how much publishers paid for your books, or whether you're a lead title, or who your publisher is. #pubtip
As a debut writer, one of the best things you can do is to get to know (and support!) your fellow debuts. You're in this together. #pubtip