March 31, 2014

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


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Though I initially planned to self-publish JEWEL OF THE GODS (new title, by the way), 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?

September 24, 2013

5 Great Books for Indie Authors

As I begin my journey towards indie publishing, I've been buying books aimed at newbies. Here are five to consider.

If you click on the title you'll be taken to Amazon.com, where you can check out the Table of Contents for each book and then decide which one (or more) fits your needs the best.

Hope you find something useful.


THE SELF-PUBLISHING TOOLKIT  
by Daphne Dangerlove

I love that Daphne has included a workbook you can print out to keep track of things. Her guidance on market research is spot on. She takes you through the KDP process on Amazon, including how to set up your Author Central profile, Amazon product page, and much more. She notes how Scrivener users can export their books directly into the Kindle format, so there are no extra steps, a huge relief to anyone dismayed about formatting. A fantastic resource.




SELF-PRINTED, The Sane Person's Guide to Self-Publishing 
by Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine guides you through the process, from building an online platform, to formatting (for non-Scrivener users) and publishing e-books and paperbacks, as well as how to sell your self-published work. You'll enjoy Catherine's wit along the way.






HOW TO MARKET A BOOK
by Joanna Penn

It's hard to miss Joanna, she's a powerful presence on social media and has a wonderfully helpful blog, The Creative Penn. Her book focuses solely on marketing and it's full of time-tested strategies she's used with her own books. I especially enjoyed her section on Amazon reviewers.

 




LET'S GET DIGITAL
by David Gaughran

David is passionate about authors pursuing the e-book route and the first part of his book covers the digital "revolution" and how it's changed the publishing landscape forever. He covers the basics succinctly, and has excellent advice on why you need to invest in a good editor and book cover designer. He also includes thirty-three success stories to inspire you.




THE FRUGAL BOOK PROMOTER
by Carolyn Howard Johnson

Carolyn is a public relations pro who knows all about getting publicity on the cheap. She addresses common worries, takes you through the basics, and has a very thorough section on how to put together a media kit.






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August 2, 2013

What Every Speculative Fiction Writer Needs

A critique group dedicated to your genre, that's what!

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http://kathrynjankowskibooks.com/2013/08/what-every-speculative-fiction-writer-needs/

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July 12, 2013

My New Site


I've been busy putting together my very own website!

Hop on over, have a look, and tell me what you think.

http://kathrynjankowskibooks.com/


June 5, 2013

The 2013 Baker's Dozen Agent Auction

If you're a regular reader of Miss Snark's First Victim, you know she has monthly "Secret Agent" contests. But the biggest event of the year is her "Baker's Dozen Agent Auction", during which agents bid on promising manuscripts.

To participate, you'll need to submit a logline, the first 250 words of your story, and a $10 entry fee.

SUBMISSION DATES:
October 29 and 31 -- Adult fiction (all genres except erotica and erotic romance)
November 5 and 7 -- Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction (all genres)

THE ACTUAL AUCTION DATE:  December 3

Note: This is for completed, polished manuscripts only. So get cracking, you've got almost six months to whip yours into shape.

Interested? For more details, go to:

http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-2013-bakers-dozen-earliest-info-ever.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MissSnarksFirstVictim+%28Miss+Snark%27s+First+Victim%29

Good luck!