Top 20 YA Agents: 142 Sales in the Last 12 Months

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What agents are selling young adult (YA) novels? Publishersmarketplace.com does a great job of monitoring the business of selling manuscripts to publishers. If you’re looking for an agent, you’ll want to spend a lot of time there doing research on agents to find the perfect match for you and your stories. Here’s just one way […]

Top 20 Middle Grade Agents: 129 Sales in the Last 12 Months

What agents are selling middle grade novels? Publishersmarketplace.com does a great job of monitoring the business of selling manuscripts to publishers. If you’re looking for an agent, you’ll want to spend a lot of time there doing research on agents to find the perfect match for you and your stories. Here’s just one way to […]

Top 20 Picture Book Agents: 234 Sales in the Last 12 Months

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What agents are selling picture books? Publishersmarketplace.com does a great job of monitoring the business of selling manuscripts to publishers. If you’re looking for an agent, you’ll want to spend a lot of time there doing research on agents to find the perfect match for you and your stories. Here’s just one way to look […]

FOLLOW Darcy Pattison on Amazon

Amazon now allows customers to FOLLOW authors.

Did you know that Amazon.com now has FOLLOW buttons for authors? Indie authors have been lobbying for a SUBSCRIBE button on Amazon, which would allow a customer to essentially authorize a purchase of any new book from a particular author. That’s probably going too far for Amazon! It works well for services like Patreon.com, which […]

When are 420 One-Star Book Reviews NOT a Bad Thing?

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As I’ve watched the growth of children’s independent publishing this year, it’s clear that there’s a major problem: an inflated number of reviews. In the independent world, a review on Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing, etc. is gold. Many of the publicity possibilities open to self-published folks depend on gaining a certain number of reviews on your […]

Scholastic Report: Write Funny, Imaginative Stories

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It’s often hard to predict what books kids, from first grade through Young Adult novels, will like to read. Scholastic will release in January a research report that clearly expresses a kid’s point-of-view. They’ve released this infographic to advertise the report. This research has lots of implications for those writing children’s books. Write funny. Kids […]

What is Really Necessary to Do Online? Authors You Have Surprising Freedom!

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I’m doing a survey of your burning questions for 2015 about writing and publishing. I’ll be answering some of the questions over the next few months. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, it’s a simple 3-question survey. Answers are anonymous. Takes just a couple minutes. Please take the survey now! Today’s online world for […]

Authors as Speakers: Inspiration from TED

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Do you speak for organization as a way to advertise your books? Maybe you do school visits, or talk to a Kiwanis club, or even do Keynote Speeches for various organizations as a way to supplement your writing income. If so, I’ve got a great book for you. TED Talks I am inspired by the […]

1.6 Million Reasons Why Your Books Should Be in the iBook Store

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Have your books been updated and made for sale as ebooks? Are you on the Kindle store, the Nook store, or the Kobo store? Great. But if you’re not on the iBook store, you’re missing sales. Here’s why. A recent 2014 survey by Education Market Research asked schools about what tablets they currently own. Apple’s […]

Synopsis: A Google Example

A couple years ago, Google produced a promotional video, Parisian Love, which advertised its search capabilities in a very simple way. There are merely twelve phrases entered into a Google Search box. And yet–it tells a story and tugs at the heart strings. It evokes emotion. How good is this copy? The video has received […]

Book Reviews on Your Author Website: A Surprisingly Simple Widget

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[bha id=’GRRevPost’ size=’300×250′ variation=’03’ align=’alignright’] Why do most online sites include reviews of products? It’s called social proof. If someone else likes a product, you’re more likely to be interested. For clothing, I like to see if the sizing is correct, or if I should buy up or down a size. For household appliances, I […]

5 Interesting Podcasts: Kidlit, Social Media & Self-Publishing

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With limited time to keep up on the business of writing and publishing, I have found myself turning to podcasts. A podcast is like a radio program, but you can play it on demand. To listen, I have the Pocket Casts Lite app on my iPhone; the free version allows me to set up five […]

Thank You, AuthorCentral

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One of the online tools I use weekly is AuthorCentral.com, which is an Amazon site with a backend for authors. It gives authors access to the listings about your book, statistics about sales, reviews of all your books on a single page and access to Amazon for correcting mistakes. Book Listings. When you log onto […]

Author Website Content: Keep the Blog and Website Going

This month-long series of blog posts will explain author websites and offer tips and writing strategies for an effective author website. It alternates between a day of technical information and a day of writing content. By the end of the month, you should have a basic author website up and functioning. The Table of Contents […]

Author Website Content: Beta Readers

This month-long series of blog posts will explain author websites and offer tips and writing strategies for an effective author website. It alternates between a day of technical information and a day of writing content. By the end of the month, you should have a basic author website up and functioning. The Table of Contents […]

Author Website Content: Blog Posts 11-15

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This month-long series of blog posts will explain author websites and offer tips and writing strategies for an effective author website. It alternates between a day of technical information and a day of writing content. By the end of the month, you should have a basic author website up and functioning. The Table of Contents […]

Author Website Tech: Checklist #2

This month-long series of blog posts will explain author websites and offer tips and writing strategies for an effective author website. It alternates between a day of technical information and a day of writing content. By the end of the month, you should have a basic author website up and functioning. The Table of Contents […]