Why You Should Query Agents For 6 + Months Before Promoting Your Self-Published Book

Why You Should Query Agents For 6 + Months Before Promoting Your Self-Published Book

by Sharon Bially on September 6, 2016

When approached by self-published authors for help with book promotion, I used to ask a single question: “Do you have blurbs from at least two established authors?” If the answer was no, I’d suggest they gather some before we speak.  Blurbs are an essential piece of the vetting process and vetting is crucial to gaining … Continue reading Why You Should Query Agents For 6 + Months Before Promoting Your Self-Published Book

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The Secrets of Trying For A Bestseller List: Interview With Greenleaf’s Magdalene Thomas

by Sharon Bially on May 31, 2016

“What can I do to get my book onto a bestseller list?” If I had a dime for each time an author has asked me this question, I wouldn’t need to be a bestseller myself to be rich. Until recently though, my answer has always been a disappointing, “I have no idea.” Or, “There’s nothing … Continue reading The Secrets of Trying For A Bestseller List: Interview With Greenleaf’s Magdalene Thomas

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The Skinny On Blurbs

by Sharon Bially on April 14, 2016

Your manuscript is finished and the agent submissions checklist is all set: Target list: check. Killer elevator pitch: check. Brief bio including previous literary accomplishments: check. SASE ready to go to those agents who still request one: check. Or perhaps you’ve decided to self-publish and everything’s ready, including a cover designed around a gorgeous image … Continue reading The Skinny On Blurbs

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