April 14, 2015

INDIE RECON IS ALMOST HERE!


INDIE RECON, a free online conference founded by S.R. Johannes and Ali Cross, begins tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15 and runs through Friday, April 17.

There are events for beginners on up. Some titles to tempt you:

10 Million Sold and Counting: Barbara Freethy & Bella Andre    

Content Marketing 101: Jane Friedman

How to Protect your Rights and your Wallet: Helen Sedwick

Common Mistakes new Indie Authors Make: Ali Cross

Book Design For Authors – The Basics: Joel Friedlander 

And that's just a few you'll find on Wednesday!

For more info, go to: http://indierecon.org/events/ 

 

February 25, 2015

KARALINE AND THE GREEN MAN


I've posted a new middle-grade short story on my website. 
It's based on the Slavic myth of the Green Man, also known as Leshee.
Hop on over for a look:

http://kathrynjankowskibooks.com/stories/

Enjoy!


Image from http://mysteryoftheiniquity.com


January 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Wishing you and yours all the very best this year.

Cheers!
Kathryn

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May 29, 2014

Maya Angelou, A Phenomenal Woman

Maya Angelou was a true Renaissance woman: writer, singer, dancer, director, civil rights activist. But for me, she'll always be first and foremost a poet. A sample from one of my favorites:

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.


I'll miss her grace, her joie de vivre, her laugh. And be thankful for the gifts she left behind.

***

Phenomenal Woman excerpt from: THE COMPLETE COLLECTED POEMS OF MAYA ANGELOU, Random House, 1st edition (September 13, 1994).

maya

March 31, 2014

Six Sites to Find Agents Who Rep PB, MG, YA


Image by David Castillo Dominici, FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Though I initially planned to self-publish JURATA'S DAUGHTER, my editor convinced me to give querying a try first. She loves the book and thinks others will, too. Sure hope so.

Here's a list of sites I'm using to research agents and pubishers. If you know of others, please share. Thanks.

#MSWL - This is a Twitter feed where agents and editors post their "Manuscript Wish List". I recently saw one agent who specifically mentioned Slavic mythology--she's high on my list. You can fine tune this according to genre, such as #MSWL Fantasy, or #MSWL Young Adult, etc. Just remember, you don't pitch on Twitter unless they're having a special pitch day, like #PitMad. Send a normal query instead.

QUERY TRACKER - Search for agents/agencies that rep your genre, keep track of those you've contacted and their responses, store your query letter. A paid membership ($25) allows you to see what any agent has actually requested from queries, a big help if their site says, for example, they accept YA but all they've looked at is MG.

ABSOLUTE WRITE WATER COOLER - Search by agent, or check out these special sections: Bewares, Recommendations & Background Check; Ask the Agent; Ask the Editor. There's even a board for sharing your work, but you'll need to set up an account [free!] first. Post your query here and be ready for honest feedback. 

AGENTQUERY CONNECTFind an agent or editor, get your query critiqued, and much, much more.

LITERARY RAMBLES - Check out the "Agent Spotlight" here for current and past interviews.

ALEXA DONNE, YA AUTHOR - Alexa has some recent interviews with agents that are definitely worth a look.

Of course, any research will include going to the agent's site and looking up sales on Publishers' Marketplace. I hope this list helps.

Cheers!

February 18, 2014

Indie Recon is Coming!

Mark your calendars for 2014's Indie Recon, the conference for independent writers. It's coming next week, February 25-27.

It looks like another year full of great presenters, including JA Konrath and Susan Kaye Quinn, and a wide range of topics, from writing serials to marketing on Goodreads.

Hope you can make it!

To view the schedule, go to:

http://www.indierecon.org/p/schedule.html

October 30, 2013

Does Your Publishing Contract Guarantee a Print Edition?


Publishers Weekly just ran an article about contracts and book formats that affects anyone looking for a traditional deal.

Agents (most speaking anonymously) are concerned that contracts will soon come with clauses that make no guarantee on format. In fact, according to agent and e-book publisher Richard Curtis, that's already the case with big houses that are releasing e-originals.

For a new author, this can hit hard. Traditional publishing royalties are generally higher for print as opposed to e-books. That means less money for you.

But unless your contract stipulates otherwise, a publisher can test a digital version of your book before deciding if it's worth investing in print.

Since I expect to be going the indie route, this isn't a big issue for me. However, if I were looking for an agent, it would be huge. Why sign away my rights when distribution may be limited?

What are your thoughts? Would you sign a contract that doesn't guarantee a hardcover or paperback edition?