[Podcast] Getting Real about the Costs of Publishing a Book 4 publishing your writing 5 promoting your writing Dec 15, 2022

You likely won’t get rich from publishing a book. Most people don’t

While we all dream of writing the next bestseller, on average a traditionally published nonfiction book sells about 250 to 300 copies in the first year. Only 500 copies, on average, for fiction.

While it’s...

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[Podcast] What to Expect from an Author-PR Firm Relationship 5 promoting your writing podcast post Aug 30, 2022

Most authors want to publish their book. And to share their story with the world they have to publicize it. But publicity is murky. Sometimes difficult to navigate. You might find yourself asking, Can I manage publicity on my own? How do I know if I can trust a PR firm? What should I look for in...

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[Podcast] The Best Ways to Build a Platform 5 promoting your writing podcast post Aug 08, 2022

“Do I need to build a platform?”

The short answer: yes. Publishers and agents want you to have a platform so that you can sell your book. But what exactly is a platform?

Platform is a fancy word for audience. When a publisher or agent asks about a platform, they want to know how many...

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[Podcast] How to Build a Platform through Podcasting 5 promoting your writing podcast post Jul 18, 2022

"Why do I need to build a platform?”

From literary agents who want to know about your platform activity in the query letter, to publishers who want to see your book marketing plan, building a platform is an important step to becoming a published writer. 

An important piece to building...

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[Podcast] What to Include in a Query Letter 5 promoting your writing agents podcast post Jun 28, 2022

What is a query letter? And what should you include in a query letter?

A query letter convinces a literary agent to read your work. Think of it as a sales piece. It’s your first (and sometimes your only opportunity) to present your book in a simple, concise manner so that an agent can...

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[Podcast] How to Grow Your Social Media Following 5 promoting your writing media podcast post Apr 04, 2022

“Why do I need a social media following?”

The simple answer: Because agents and publishers want you to have an established following. They want to know how you will reach your audience when it’s time to promote your book.

We recently spoke with Natalie Papier, owner of Home Ec....

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[Blog] Should You Query Through Twitter Pitch Events? 5 promoting your writing agents blog post Mar 17, 2022

Querying an agent can be exhausting and terrifying. There are a multitude of ways to query an agent, ranging from writers’ conferences to emailing a submission. But there is another way to query that is not as well-known: Twitter pitch events.

Twitter pitch events are a virtual opportunity...

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[Podcast] How to Land a Book Deal and Market Your Book 4 publishing your writing 5 promoting your writing podcast post Mar 02, 2022

When you’re writing a book, two questions first-time writers most often ask are: How do I land a book deal? and How do I market it so it is read?

We sat down with Robin Zachary, author of Styling Beyond Instagram: Take Your Prop Styling Skills from the Square to the Street, who shared her...

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[Podcast] How to Get an Editor's Attention 4 publishing your writing 5 promoting your writing podcast post Feb 07, 2022

“I have a manuscript, but is it ready for submission?”

Maybe. Maybe not.

There’s no magical formula for what will catch an editor’s attention. Sometimes editors just follow their gut.

But with years of publishing experience under our belt, we know a few things about what...

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[Podcast] What Is a Book Launch Team? 5 promoting your writing podcast post Dec 06, 2021

Writing a book is not a solo act. You need the support of editors and readers. Launching a book isn’t a solo act, either.

You need a team—a book launch team—to create buzz beyond your immediate circle in the weeks leading up to its release.

Recently, we spoke with book launch...

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[Podcast] Literary Agent Adria Goetz on Querying an Agent 5 promoting your writing agents podcast post Nov 16, 2021

Where do you find an agent? How do you query them? What if they reject your work?

Querying an agent can be downright daunting. You first wonder, Where do I find an agent? And once you find a handful, your inside screams, “She’ll probably laugh at my writing!”

We sat down with...

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[Podcast] Prenup Book Author Emily Bouchard on Landing Media Interviews 5 promoting your writing media podcast post Aug 18, 2021

By Dave Goetz and Melissa Parks

Tenacity. It's what you need most when landing media interviews after your book is published.

You simply can't be passive about book promotion. 

Emily Bouchard, author of Estate Planning for the Blended Family and Beginners Guide to Purposeful Prenups,...

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