Mar
3

My Galaxy Mug & a Good Book

#amquerying update

I recently received a reply to the partial manuscript request I'd sent in last July. I'd gotten to the point where a gentle nudge seemed appropriate as the agent had re-opened to queries again after several months of being closed to submissions while she cleaned out her backlog. To me, that implied that she felt she'd replied to everything she had in her inbox. So I sent her a polite message, asking whether anyone who hadn't yet heard back from her should consider the lack of response as a "no thank you." She answered right away and asked me to resubmit in case my manuscript (or her answer back to me) had fallen through the cyber cracks.

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Feb
19

Agenting From North of the Border

An Interview with Canadian Agent Lydia Moëd

A few weeks back, I expanded my search criteria in querytracker.net to include agents outside of New York. "Location" was a filter that I'd applied when I first discovered this great agent-finding tool, and I'd just left it in place since then... but it finally occurred to me that I was likely doing myself a disservice by arbitrarily dismissing all the great agents in other cities.  I mean, with the ease of working electronically nowadays, did I really think that pounding the pavement was still a cornerstone of literary representation?

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Feb
11

Eric Smith: Agent, Author & Geek Whisperer

An Interview with Agent & Author Eric Smith

Eric Smith is an associate literary agent at P.S. Literary, with a love for young adult books, sci-fi, fantasy, and literary fiction. He began his publishing career at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. Eric completed his BA in English at Kean University and his MA in English at Arcadia University. A frequent blogger, his ramblings about books appear on BookRiot, The Huffington Post, and more.

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Jan
29

How to Make a 3d Digital Mock-Up of Your Book

Adding Depth To Your Covers

You've got your kick-ass cover design.  You might have even gone that extra step and created a wrap around cover like the ones in this post on cover make-overs.  But flat images aren't ideal when it comes to marketing your book. Instead, what you'll normally see are photographs of books in elegant piles, or books standing on a nice reflective surface.  

The intention with this type of image is to show the product aesthetically framed "in the real world."  Apart from looking nice, this simple trick subconsciously lends credibility to whatever you're marketing: "Look it's real!  I have photographic evidence!"  Ironically, these types of "photographs" are almost always digitally recreated (ie: fakes), and anyone with basic photo editing know-how can pull off the techniques.

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Jan
21

The Path Less Taken...
Non-Linear Ways To Get From A to B

Q&A with Non-Linear Designer, Ryan Fitzgerald

We all crave stories. The art of storytelling is one of humanity's oldest traditions. From paintings in caves and hieroglyphs on papyrus scrolls to the invention of the printing press and the advent of the internet... What's evolved over time isn't necessarily the narrative itself, but the sophistication of the platform used to share that narrative and immerse ourselves in it.

Ryan Fitzgerald works as Lead Designer / Lead Narrative for Evodant Interactive, a group of "transmedia artisans that are fanatical about revolutionizing the interactive experience." And his job takes "writing" to a whole other level.

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