Tag: books

  • Hashtags to Connect With Readers

    Authors, do you want to connect with readers via Twitter? One of the ways for readers to find your author tweets about your book(s) is through the strategic use of hashtags, keywords that are prefaced with this sign: #. On Twitter, hashtags allow you to categorize your tweet. But what tweets should authors use to […]

  • 11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph

    11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph

    Awkward Family Photos Holidays mean family photos, right? This children’s book shows the extremes to which a kid can go to avoid those photos. The difference is that this girl has a good reason. THE STORY: “11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph” When her father goes soldiering for a year, a girl decides that without […]

  • 20 Middle Grade Fiction Agents: 83 Sales

    Top Literary Agents for Middle Grade Fiction According to the Publishers Marketplace, these are the top twenty agents for selling middle grade fiction. First a couple of cautions. Self Reported Statistics. The statistics are compiled from sales in the last twelve months reported on Publisher’s Marketplace. This is a big caution because sales on PM […]

  • 10 Social Media Goals for Author Promotion

    Twitter, Facebook, Good Reads and More When and where should authors use social media? I recently read a blog post about how businesses are using social media. Here, I go through these 10 purposes and muse about how authors might use social media for the same reasons.

  • Vivid Images: Sensory Details

    Create Vivid Images to Bring a Novel to Life “Vivid imagery makes a story world come alive,” says Stacy Whitman, Associate Editor at Wizards of the Coast (Update March, 2010: Whitman is now editorial director of the Tu Books imprint at Lee & Low.) Everyone agrees that a writer’s ability to create an image in […]

  • Case Study: Author-Initiated Book Trailer

    Book Trailer Case Study: The Book of Spam Some book trailers are sponsored and developed by the publisher; others are done entirely by the author. Witness this glorious book trailer by Dan Armstrong and Dustin Black about The Book of Spam: A Most Glorious and Definitive Compendium of the World’s Favorite Canned Meat. (Atria Books, […]