by Brooke Favero
This week, Nathan Bransford asks: does social media help sell books? Personally, I think it does. Just this week I found out from a friend on Facebook that her sister just published a middle grade novel. I ran to the store and bought it. So if I'm your target market: yes, it works (and we should probably be friends on Facebook). What do you think?
Understanding the Industry
Pimp My Novel elaborates on the promotional quantity of the co-op system. Rachelle Gardner helps you figure out how well your book is selling. Adventures in Children's Publishing explains the anatomy of an auction. BookEnds says make your readers work for you--buzz is the best marketing.
Janet Reid illustrates how to kill your chances with an agent. PubRants lists killer openings that stop an agent from reading more. Kidlit says your day job does matter. Flogging the Quill offers agent advice on narrative preference.
The Blood Red Pencil stresses the first page. Guide to Literary Agents gives six steps for creating an anthology. Janice Hardy helps identify manuscript flaws. Stet offers a four-part series on writing effective dialogue: 1,2,3, & 4. Authoress explains why a do-nothing hero is a story killer. Writer Unboxed says it's okay to give your hero a fatal flaw. Iggi & Gabi gives useful critiques.
Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents.
Slush Pile Hell offers six signs your professional editor might not be so professional.