By Brian Feinblum, Chief Marketing Officer, SVP
2016 has many special dates, anniversaries, and honorary moments that should be celebrated, especially when it comes to those related to books. How will you make the most of these days? Beware of them, tell others, participate in events that support them, and use them, when possible, as a marketing or publicity hook for your book when contacting the news media.
Library Lovers Month
February 14 – International Book Giving Day
February 23 – Printed Book Day Continue reading
Carol has served as Editor-in-Chief of First for Women, a national consumer women’s magazine with an audience of 3.4 million, for the past 14 years. In May, she launched Simple Grace, a national consumer Christian women’s monthly magazine with an estimated rapidly growing audience of 100,000.
Q: Do you prefer being pitched by email or are you open to phone calls?
A: As someone who oversees two magazines (First for Women and Simple Grace) and contributes pages to a third (Closer weekly), I will likely be forwarding your pitch to the right assigning editor. That said, it’s much easier Continue reading
Bruce has been active in book publishing for over forty years. He has held executive positions at several publishing houses including Fleming H Revell Company, Barbour and Company, Thomas Nelson, and Random House. In 1997, he founded Literary Management Group, LLC, a full service literary agency and publishing consulting firm that has represented best-selling authors and properties.
Q: What information do you need from an author on their initial contact with you?
A: Authors should write a brief query letter with a premise statement. I do not read unsolicited manuscripts or overviews. If the initial query doesn’t have the premise statement, I refer authors to Continue reading
November was National Novel Writing Month. In the last few years people have been encouraged to pen 50,000 words in the 30-day month, averaging 1,667 words per day. Last year, out of 325,142 official global participants, 58,917 reached their goal by November 30. Can we simply train ourselves to write by the numbers and produce books this way?
On the one hand, I think it’s great to set a goal, break it up into smaller steps, and to steadfastly tackle such an enormous project. On the other hand, inspiration can’t be forced or scheduled. Some days, all you want to do is write and the words flow. Continue reading