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Author About Town: Newton, NJ

In an earlier post today, I announced that I’ll be doing a book reading/discussion/signing event at Black Dog Books in Newton, NJ on July 15 from 6:30 – 9:00pm. “I want to attend your reading, Mike, but it’s a long

Posted in Announcements, Author Event, The Business of Writing, Writing Life

What’s a Fiction Book Proposal?

So, you’ve written a novel. And then you’ve rewritten it. And rewritten it again. Beta-readers and editors have been through it with a fine-toothed comb, and it’s as ready for publication as it will ever be. So you’ve sent out

Posted in The Business of Writing, Writing Life

Fiction Query Letters: How to Write One

Last week, we talked a bit about fiction query letters: what they are and why you need one if you’re going to approach literary agents. This week, we’re going to go the next step: How to write a fiction query

Posted in The Business of Writing, Writing Life

Fiction Query Letters: What They Are?

In a previous article, I talked about finding a literary agent. In this article, we explore the first step in making contact with those literary agents you’ve found: the fiction query letter. For the sake of argument, this article assumes

Posted in The Business of Writing, Writing Life

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

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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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