Children’s books? Sooo hard to get a publisher. But wait – there’s hope

Hundreds if not thousands of people have great ideas for children’s books and many of them are absolutely brilliant.

Trouble is, there is so much good stuff around that in the first instance, children’s book publishers AND relevant literary agents have the pick of crop dropped into their laps and can afford only to take on what they think will be not just good, but utterly sensational.

Children's books? Sooo hard to get a publisher. But wait - there's hope

The books are all based on the adventures of her dogs

Plus, these publishers think, at least, that they know what’s fashionable where in the children’s books market and to an extent can influence that according to their own whims. It’s a tough, tough market to crack.

However in this exchange between me and a friend whose friend has written some amazing stories for 7-10 year-olds, there may be light at the end of the tunnel…

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How to get your nonfiction book published – choices

If you want to choose a publishing route to take your book to market, this interview I did recently with Bookemon.com sums up my views pretty thoroughly.

Suzan St Maur on Bookemon.comHaving had 31 nonfiction books published so far – 20 of which were published traditionally with some subsequent ones self-published as eBooks, and the last one self-published in print and Kindle – I’ve learned quite a bit about contemporary publishing generally and was grateful to Bookemon for appreciating that.

Unlike so many non-traditional publishing businesses, Bookemon emerges as a trustworthy resource and although I have yet to produce a book with them, I believe that they do offer a credible and fair service.

Here’s how the interview went: you’ll find it helpful… [Read more…]

Writers and readers: please help end the US book embargo against Cuba

Please read this email sent to me by Mark Coker from Smashwords, and help end this sad embargo that prevents Cubans from benefiting from something we all take for granted: publishing, and reading books from the USA. If you are willing to help, please sign the petition ASAP as the US Government is due to announce modifications to its embargoes against Cuba, and we’re hoping this will be one of them. Now, over to Mark:

I’m writing to ask for your help.

Writers and readers: please help end the US book embargo against Cuba

As a basic human right, readers everywhere deserve greater access to books and literature.

Please go to https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/end-book-embargo-against-cuba and consider signing my petition to end the US book embargo against Cuba. [Read more…]

The writing on the wall: Mediocrity is the New Black…

OK, let’s get the objections out of the way here and now. I’m a professional writer and the wrong side of 50.

The writing on the wall: Mediocrity is the New Black...But are those the only reasons why I get so irritated by sloppy, fault-ridden business writing that not only is cosmetically bad, but also is poorly structured and heaving with inaccuracies?

A while back the PR consultant working for one of my publishers sent me what I thought was a very early draft of a press release they were going to do about my latest book. [Read more…]

How to write a successful nonfiction book proposal, part 1

Many people want to write a nonfiction book and now that the whole book publishing picture has expanded into a good choice of options, getting your book published by yourself is relatively easy and should not break the bank, either.

How to write a successful nonfiction book proposal, part 1

We still can’t deny that there continues to be some useful kudos in having your nonfiction book published by a “proper” publisher…

However much as we authors may smile cheerfully when it comes to self-publishing and co-operative publishing, we still can’t deny that there continues to be some useful kudos in having your nonfiction book published by a “proper” publisher – i.e. a conventional trade publisher with the industrial-strength distribution power and a name everyone has heard of. (And that applies to publishing eBooks as much as it does to the printed variety.)

Here’s the series you need to get your nonfiction book proposal right

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Story time for authors working with book coaches

Should I trust a book coach to get my book published

Have you been invited by a charming book coach to help you get your book written and published?

Once upon a time not a million years ago I had a book marketing client called Miranda. She wrote romantic fiction and had been working with a Fairy Godmother Book Coach (FGBC).

Miranda had been paying the FGBC at least GBP £500 (USD nearly $790) per month over a period of well over a year: Miranda was inspired to write a trilogy of novels and of course this takes time. Mucho months at GBP £500 a hit. [Read more…]

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