Punchy Book Reviews

Punchy Book Reviews

I like to read concise book reviews that are specific and don't contain spoilers. Answer a few questions for me and be done. What did you like about the book; did you dislike anything? Be balanced. No book is all good or all bad. Tell me about the writing, the storyline, and characters. Were the …

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New Agent Looking to Build List

New Agent (Sarah Nagal, Writers House) is building a client list and is actively accepting submissions.

Writing and Illustrating

sara nagelSarah Nagel joined Writers House in 2011 to work with Senior Vice President, Merrilee Heifetz and is now actively building her own client list. She is interested in psychological thrillers (those that mess with your head rather than high speed cross-country chases), horror, mystery, suspense and literary fiction. Sarah is especially interested in strong character-driven fiction and stories that explore the dynamics of a dysfunctional family unit / relationships.

She also represents realistic Young Adult and Middle Grade with a hint of magical realism. On the nonfiction side, Sarah is interested in medical ethics, true crime, humor books and memoir with a distinctive narrative voice with a universal resonance. Sarah is not looking for straight sci-fi, high fantasy, romance or picture books.

Prior to joining Writers House, Sarah was a media lawyer in London and graduated with two separate degrees in English Language and Literature, and Law. You can follow…

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How to Write a Query Letter that Makes Agents and Editors Swoon

Excellent post Michael, thank you for sharing. I’m going to try and spread it a little further.
All the best!

Michael Cristiano

This is a response to my earlier post called Why Your Query Letter is Making Agents and Editors Cringe. I’m so meta, right?

Writing a query letter is an art, they say. What they really mean is that it’s really gosh-darn hard. It seems that everyone and their sister thinks they can write a query letter, but out in the real world, it fails. Miserably.

That’s what happened to me. I thought writing a query letter was easy. I composed one in a couple hours and unleashed it onto the world. Little did I know, it was crap and yielded no return. It wasn’t until I joined the Absolute Write and participated in their forum that I was able to learn how to write a query letter properly.

Now, I shall bestow my knowledge upon you.

Step One: Write a Manuscript

A given, right? Wrong. I am a big advocate that writers complete…

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Increasing Your Readership

From the Leeland Artra interview on bookmarketingtools.com Intro He’s a software engineer by day and a science fiction and fantasy writer by night. His most notable works include Thread Slivers and Thread Strands from the Golden Threads trilogy. Both books have been a consistent feature in various top 100 Amazon lists. However, it’s his marketing …

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Self-publishing tips for freelancers

via Cat Agonis (Freelancers Union) It’s no wonder self-publishing is appealing to the boss-free, independent workforce: you have total control over how your book is marketed and designed, you don’t have to share profits with an agent, and you have creative liberty on the contents of your manuscript. There are many successful e-books, and many …

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Ways To Publish and Sell Your eBook (A Simple Checklist)

To publish an e-book can be challenging yet interesting. To sell an e-book is critical. Though the trend of self-publishing across the world has radically heightened, when readers can’t find that high interest upon looking at your book, there is no way for them to buy it. Impress your prospect readers The best way to …

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How to Get Your Book Reviewed: Tips for Small Press and Self-Published Authors

Book reviews are a great tool to increase book sales, they work much better than paid ads. While big publishers have their own, established venues of gathering reviews for their new releases, small press and self-published authors, who need reviews perhaps even more, often do not know where to turn. In case if you are …

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WE DON’T HAVE A CHOICE –They did.

As war and armed conflict rage around the globe, we who live in relatively peaceful countries, have a lot to remember --and a lot to be thankful for. Between November 9 and November 11, thoughts of the many brave and selfless souls, who have given life and limb for our freedom, will grace our consciousness, and at eleven …

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Progress Feels Good

Day One of NaNoWriMo is almost behind us. October's apprehension, anxiousness, and anticipation all crashed into each other at the 11:59 starting-line --and waited. Halloween was a good distraction --it may be my favorite day of the year, but this year was different, I almost couldn't wait to get it behind me. You see --this is my first NaNoWriMo --this is …

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What the Hell is NaNoWriMo?

What's NaNoWriMo you ask? Ha! Well, I'm glad you did. NaNoWriMo (na-noh-RY-moh) is short for National Novel Writing Month and it's a fantastic event that has been running since 1999. The event is an annual 'internet-based' creative writing project that which runs for the month of November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a …

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