From the publicist
1) Really research your market. What makes you different from the competition? Know your USP.
2) Make sure you can summarise your sales pitch in a few lines.
3) Blogs (per se) don't make books - you need to have a narrative arc, a beginning, middle and end and take the reader on a journey.
4) Build up your twitter/facebook following and get as much data capture as you can via your blog with sign-ups as that will really appeal to marketing departments.
|Looking slightly scary on the Getting Published panel at Blogfest. |
(But at least I'd remembered to brush my hair)
1) Putting together a decent proposal is the key to getting interest from publishers/agents. Publishers get so many of them that yours has to be as slick as possible.
2) Make sure your proposal includes information on how your platform and profile and how you will help promote your book.
3) Make sure you can explain what singles your book out from everyone else's.
4) (as per previous post) Many of the large publishers no longer really accept unsolicited manuscripts so it's best to get an agent on board as a starting point.
5) A full chapter breakdown/synopsis are also important, as is sample writing. In fiction you need to supply more sample writing than in non-fiction.
From the author (Bestselling YA writer Keren David)
1) Develop a very thick skin about rejection. Don't take it personally and don't be too precious.
2) If you get the chance, work with an agent and an editor to make your book the best that it can be.
3) In fiction be wary of the adage 'write what you know' - it can make it harder not easier.
Image by Anna Gordon