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How Do You Find a Literary Agent?

Finding a literary agent is a research project that’s best conducted by you. So, while some ways to find an agent might include: stalking them on social media, soliciting referrals from other writers who have agents themselves, and throwing darts

Posted in The Business of Writing, Writing Life

Do You Need a Literary Agent?

A common question for all new writers – and the answer, almost always, is yes, you need a literary agent. Why Do You Need an Agent? With the rise of ebooks and self- and indie-publishing, many writers are asking WHY

Posted in The Business of Writing, Writing Life

Literary Agents: What Are They?

In the past, I’ve talked a lot about how to write and rewrite a fiction novel manuscript. But unless you’re doing it just for the LOLz, you probably have aspirations of someday being published. Now, you might decide that self-publishing

Posted in The Business of Writing, Writing Life

13 Week Rewrite: The Round-Up

You’re done with your rewrite! Now what? Congratulations!! You’ve completed the rewrite of your book! That’s no small feat and you should be proud of yourself. Take a moment and celebrate! Ok good. Now, time to get back to work.

Posted in Process, The Business of Writing, Writing craft, Writing Life

Fantasy Art, Book Cover Design, and the Indie Author

In past posts, I’ve spoken on the subject of what many people don’t appreciate about good book cover design. This subject has been a learning curve for me as an indie publisher, despite a publishing career handling the coding end

Posted in Announcements, Author Event, Cover design, Fiction, Self-Publishing, The Business of Writing, The Wedding of Eithne

Your Book Is Like a Tech Start-Up, Part 2

Last week, I talked a little about how your book is like a tech start-up, complete with “beta-testers” for gathering “user-requirements.” This week, we look at what kind of “beta-feedback” is useful, and follow through on the “tech start-up” life-cycle

Posted in Editing, Reader Survey, The Business of Writing, Writing craft, Writing Life

Your Book Is Like a Tech Start-Up, Part 1

Writing a book is (mostly) a solitary endeavor. It can take years—even decades—just to finish a first draft. And even once that full manuscript is done, doubts linger. Is your book any good? Will readers like it? How will that

Posted in Editing, Reader Survey, The Business of Writing, Writing craft, Writing Life

Five Things Writers Need to Know About Facebook

“If you try to use Facebook for something it’s not designed to do, you’re just going to get frustrated over the lack of results.” — Tim Grahl, author of Your First 1000 Copies Recently, I was posting my latest giveaway

Posted in Author Platform, The Business of Writing

Eight Reasons Why Writers Should Use Twitter

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I have more than 5,000 followers and frequently post throughout the day. How frequently? Every two hours. But I do take a break between 10 pm and 8 am Eastern

Posted in Author Platform, Self-Publishing, The Business of Writing

The Excitement Never Ends: Four Secrets to Better Motivation

How does one rekindle that excitement one feels in one’s work? How does one revive one’s motivation? Being a professional writer is about more than just writing. It’s about connecting with readers, sharing one’s work, putting it “out there” for

Posted in Author Platform, Self-Publishing, The Business of Writing

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.
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