Deciding Between Traditional and Self-Publishing

Deciding Between Traditional and Self-Publishing It’s rare for me to post anything strictly promotional here on my blog, but today is a special day for me. My first self-published e-book is now available on Amazon! Here’s the info:   How Do I Decide? Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing   There is plenty of information available on both traditional and self-publishing. But how do you decide between the two? How Do I Decide? is a concise, definitive resource that will guide you through the decision, allowing you to ignore the noise and hype and focus on the right path for YOU. This is a fair and balanced approach that avoids favoring one choice over the other—and instead shows you how to determine which best fits your own situation. About 50 pages jammed full of insider information, How Do I Decide? gives...

Most-Viewed Posts of 2012

Most-Viewed Posts of 2012 If you are a blogger, you owe it to yourself to study your blog stats at least annually, if not more often. It’s fascinating what you can learn and how much you can improve your blogging by paying attention to your traffic patterns. In just a few minutes of looking at my most popular post rankings for 2012, I gleaned some useful tidbits: ♦ My “About” page and other informational pages (Submission Guidelines, etc.) are viewed much more often than I’d realized, which reminded me to keep them up-to-date.  It’s annoying reading a blogger’s “About” page that’s clearly not current. ♦ Of my 40 most-viewed posts of 2012, only 24 were written and posted in 2012. My archives get a lot of action, especially on basic topics such as titling...

Meet Me in St. Louis

Meet Me in St. Louis I’m traveling today! I’m headed for the ACFW conference (the American Christian Fiction Writers), which is my biggest and most intense conference of the year. I hear there will be more than 700 attendees (wow!). I’m scheduled for 25 pitch appointments with writers seeking an agent, 12 appointments-coffees-lunches with editors, and 18 meetings with my clients. Phew! Doesn’t get much more fun than that. I’m not teaching a workshop this time—a nice break since I taught workshops at conferences the last two months. I hope to get in some early morning jogging time, too. Apparently there are some nice trails right by the Arch in the downtown area. I’ll get some posts up while I’m gone but I won’t have much time for comment interaction. Hope I...

Memoirs of Overcoming Adversity

I apologize for the late post today… Internet issues! Dear Rachelle, I’ve heard you talk about how difficult it is to sell a “personal story of overcoming adversity.” You’ve mentioned you won’t consider this kind of memoir unless the author has a significant platform and the story has built-in marketing potential and an obvious media hook. Would this include being a cancer survivor (two completely separate cancers) at age 45? While there are a lot of survivor books in the market, I have not found many with a Christian perspective. Just wondering…A Survivor *** Dear Survivor, Congratulations on beating cancer not once, but twice. What an amazing story you must have. I’m sad to say that your story is exactly what I’m...

What I’m Looking For

Updated January, 2012 I represent books for the Christian market (CBA) as well as for the general market, and I’m now accepting queries for both. Please note: Read our Submission Guidelines before sending a query! My query policy: While we would like to respond to all queries, our policy is that if you do not hear back within 30 days, you can consider it a “pass.” If you follow the guidelines and send the query to the correct email address, you’ll receive an automated response so you’ll know we received it. What I’m currently looking for: Adult Fiction:  General and Christian market, full-length, 75,000 to 120,000 words. Women’s, Mystery, Suspense/Thriller, Police/Crime, Family Saga, Historical, Legal, Literary, Mainstream, Supernatural, Romance....

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