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5 Tips for Scoring a Book Deal (on Top of a Little Luck)

Brooke Warner | Posted 02.11.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

There's a certain kind of drive some writers have that's beyond patience and insistence and stamina. These writers have a deep knowledge that their books will get published -- somehow, some way.

What Are E-Books Worth?

Brooke Warner | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Since most books don't even earn out their advances (or in the case of self-published books their expenses), the focus shouldn't be on what it costs to produce an e-book but rather on the monetary value we as a culture place on the experience of a good read. For my own part, I think it's invaluable.

Memoir Bashing: An Examination of an Emotionally Complex Social Phenomenon

Brooke Warner | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Is it just a bad book, worthy of your disdain, or does it maybe trigger in you something you're just not ready to face? And yes, please support women memoirists. We need each other!It's not uncommon to hear agents at conferences shutting down bright-eyed aspiring authors with a simple, "I don't represent memoir."

The Future of Book Distribution

Brooke Warner | Posted 12.28.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

I wrote a post called "Distribution 101" in February about distribution in which I laid out the what's what of distribution. If you don't understand what distribution is, you might want to start there.

Discrimination Against Print-on-Demand Books Is Out of Touch and Bad for the Environment Too

Brooke Warner | Posted 11.02.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

My advice to authors who have POD books these days is simply not to talk about it. If someone asks, I encourage them to say that they got a print run, and leave it at that.

Why I Canceled My Amazon Prime Account (Following Amazon's Spamming of My Inbox)

Brooke Warner | Posted 10.19.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

I have long been in the camp of people who love to hate Amazon. It's a "can't live with them, can't live without them" kind of attitude we who profess to not love big imposing corporations looking to take over the world seem to adopt.

Why You're Probably Not Famous Enough to Land a Book Deal

Brooke Warner | Posted 10.07.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

The hard truth is that most of us do not have that shiny quality that agents and editors are looking for. And it's not your fault if you don't. That allure is something that generally takes years to build and grow.

The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make

Brooke Warner | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

These top 10 mistakes are among the most common I see in my work with authors. Some are about mindset and others are more technical oversights. If you've made any of these mistakes, you're in good company. The best we can do is learn, and spread the word so others take heed.

The Publishing Paradigm Shift: Why Big Publishing Acquisitions Hurt Publishers, Not Authors

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

This week, the Big Five just got bigger with the announcement that Hachette Book Group (the fourth largest U.S. publisher) is acquiring Perseus Books Group (the sixth largest U.S. publisher) in a deal that will close next month.

Goliath vs. Goliath: Why the Amazon-Hachette Debate Is Really a War Between Traditional and Self-Publishing

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

I can't imagine that this divide will never be reconciled, and it's why we can anticipate that the separation between self-publishing and the industry will only get wider and wider.

Girls Run the World By Writing It

Jill Di Donato | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

n a media culture that often dictates, demeans and disenfranchises girls and women, that pits us against one another, infantilizes or downright ignores our imprints on culture, the power of women telling stories should not be underestimated.

Not All Subsidy Presses Are Created Equal: Why Author Solutions' Practices Are Bad for Book Publishing

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

Author Solutions--though seemingly the most popular "solution" for large houses these days who want to create a self-publishing arm of their business--is not the only option.

How to Play Big and All the Way Out There When You Want to Be an Author

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

In traditional publishing, failing means not earning out your advance. In self-publishing, failing could be taken to mean not earning back your expenses. But the question then needs to be: over what period of time?

Deconstructing the Poetry Goddess

Jill Di Donato | Posted 07.05.2014 | Books
Jill Di Donato

Who or what is the poetry goddess and what place, if any, does she have in the world of contemporary American poetry? I spoke with some of today's fiercest women poets to try and figure this out.