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Friday, August 12, 2011

Publishing Pulse for August 12th, 2011

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Noah Beit-Aharon    

Querying Etiquette
If you’re not already following the Bookends Literary Agency blog, please take a moment to rectify that. Agent Jessica Faust not only dissects the queries of brave volunteers each week, she shares advice to help you avoid some horrifying mistakes. For example: what happens when you rudely respond to a rejection and why you shouldn’t mention in your query that “all published books are crap.”
Rachelle Gardner discussed the questionable practices by some literary agents. These are the types of individuals you want to avoid signing an agency contract with.

Social Networking
Author Roni Loren shared the ten things she wished she had done differently from the beginning regarding social networking.
Social media guru for writers, Kristen Lamb, explained the difference between author brand and being a spam toad. Take heed of her cautionary tales. I know many a potential buyer who refuse to buy books by spam toads.

E-Book News
National Book Awards is now accepting interactive ebooks.
According to new statistics from the American Association of Publishers, ebooks have seen a 1274% sales increase in the past three years.

Next week (August 16-18), the free online writer conference, WriteOnCon, will commence. You don’t want to miss out on the agent and editor talks, blog and vblog posts by authors, forums, etc, designed to provide insight into the industry and help you improve your craft. Although there is a kidlit focus, many of the sessions are appropriate for all genres. For more info, check out this link.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Stina Lindenblatt writes romantic suspense and young adult novels. In her spare time, she’s a photographer and blogging addict, and can be found hanging out on her blog, Seeing Creative 


Lydia Kang said...

Thanks Stina! I always love your links. :)

Christina Lee said...

Great links, Stina! THX!

laughingwolf said...

cool beans, stina :)

another super helpful agent is janet reid [link in my sidebar]... and mega helpful writer, alexandra sokoloff [link also in my sidebar]

both ladies tell you what you need to do to get your stuff published!

Stina said...

You're right laughingwolf. Both have great posts. :D

Tracey Wood said...

Love the social networking link. I fear I have frittered away many hours thrashing out stuff no one cares about. -Still do, but with a kind of wonky half-assed plan :)