Writing a Query Letter by Mae Clair over at Story Empire. Image of a woman writing a letter. Image from Canva Pro

Writing a Query Letter

On the blog, today, I thought I would share a blog post from Mae Clair over at Story Empire who wrote a great piece on writing query letters.
A great article for anyone who is considering querying their work.

Story Empire

Hi, SEers. Mae here today to discuss a topic that usually makes authors cringe. There are two things I despise writing—a book synopsis, and a query letter. I’ve had to suck it up and do the former, but until the end of last year, writing a query letter for literary representation was something I’d avoided.

I have, however, been sitting on a finished manuscript for almost two years. As a hybrid author, I’ve been published by a traditional small press, and have indie-pubbed my own work. The one goal that has escaped me is to find a home with a Big Five publisher. Most of us dream of that, right?

At the end of 2021, I decided to try. The first step—almost as hard—means finding an agent. We all know this is a lengthy process, almost assuredly layered with plenty of rejection. I’ve read horror stories from NYT bestselling authors…

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Self Publishing (The Right Way) is not free by Yecheilyah Ysrayl

Self-Publishing (The Right Way) Is Not Free

Today, I’m sharing another awesome article, this one is by Yecheilyah Ysrayl who does a great job of discussing the different types of publishing methods and why self-publishing, if done right, isn’t free.

The PBS Blog

I read a book a couple of weekends ago. I feel it has the utmost potential. To be clear, this isn’t a book from my book review service. I read this book on my own time from an author I do not know. I enjoyed the testimony; I loved the cover, and I can relate to much of the information.

Unfortunately, the book was in such terrible need of editing and formatting that it was troublesome to get through, which broke my heart. I am not usually ultra-sensitive to typos and such when reading a book for leisure. I am only irritated when the errors are so bad I can’t enjoy or understand the story.

I could tell very little money went into this book’s production just from reading it.

That is when I knew what I wanted to write to you as we enter this new month.

I know…

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Book Piracy: Why Does it Happen and What Can We Do to Stop It? #MPBooks

I actually decided to bounce my previously planned blog post as I really wanted to reblog this piece by my friend Cat, discussing Book Piracy.

Check it out and do look through her blog, it’s full of great content. I’ll be back on Monday with another #MondayMarketing post 🙂

Have a great weekend.

My Peacock Books

Last week a new website became a hot topic on Twitter.  The website offers free downloads of digital books, many of them by some very well known authors, but it does this without the permission of those authors or their publishers.  The website is offering pirated copies of books, and many are willing to take them, but is there anything that can be done to stop this piracy, and can the reasons people give for distributing or taking pirated books ever be justified?

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