JB’S JOURNAL FOR WRITERS

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BOOK EDITOR SEARCH & COST

 

JB’S JOURNAL FOR WRITERS  will return to a bi-weekly schedule in August. I am scheduled for surgery in late August and haven’t any clue what the impact will be on the schedule.

JB’s Journal for Writers is a weekly newsletter dedicated to the author who never has enough time and is crushed by information. The journal highlights important information to help authors sell books.

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EDITOR’S COMMENT ON BLOG MAILING LIST 

Please send me an email if you want to add your name to our mailing list. In appreciation, a courtesy download of SETH will be made available in either epub for your reader or as a pdf file. Just indicate which you would prefer. Thank you.

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HEADLINE

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EDITORIALLY SPEAKING: HOW TO FIND A BOOK EDITOR YOU CAN TRUST by Blake Atwood

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LOOKING FOR A BOOK EDITOR? HERE’S HOW MUCH YOU SHOULD EXPECT TO PAY by Blake Atwood

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EDITOR’ S COMMENT: These two articles are excellent resources for anyone in search of an editor. Make no mistake, a professional editor is an essential ingredient in the publication of a book. I appreciate the comprehensive approach Blake gives to the subject. First, a discussion on how to find an author followed up by how to vet an editor. Equally important is the cost involved. Questions are raised for both the author and editor closing with an estimated cost for the project. Good stuff.

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FEATURED ARTICLE

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START HERE: HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK by Jane Friedman

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  Jane continues her fine work with a roadmap on self-publishing. She gives a quick review about utilizing a service or hybrid company and a thorough discussion on her recommended DIY approach. The article explains how the system works. I appreciated the list showing an author’s return for each Ebook price point. Included are identifying the usual three publishing formats and information on how to publish.

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK

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BUILDING AN AUTHOR WEBSITE: THE FIRST STEP TO PUBLISHING by Joe Bunting

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Whoa, an impressive effort by Joe Bunting. This is not your usual three-pager that throws a couple of tips on the wall. Joe has spent an inordinate amount of effort to walk the reader through each step in building a website. This article is not just for the newbie. I would recommend it for all authors to ensure their bases are covered on the website.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR SUCCESSFUL AMAZON ADS by Penny Sansevieri

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: In my opinion, advertising on Amazon and Facebook are essential ingredients in promoting a book. Included in the article is finding the right keywords and boosting the ad campaign. I would recommend holding onto this article if expanding book promotion is on the horizon.

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CHARACTERS LIGHT AND DARK by Donald Maass

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: Character development articles have been a frequent visitor to the JOURNAL. Time to give it a rest. But, Donald Maass’ article needed to be added to the mix before I close the door. The author is not a casual participant in the writing arena. Donald uses his considerable experience to discuss the important difference between character flaws and struggles. Finally, the plot has to grip the author first if there is any hope for success with the reader.

 

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BONUS

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DO YOU HAVE A PLATFORM? by Joel Friedlander

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  A quick review on the importance of an author’s platform. Sarah discusses identifying the target audience and identifying the author’s unique message. I enjoyed the comment that social media is not the place to develop a platform. Interesting thought.

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HOW TO ADD MEANINGFUL SUBPLOTS TO YOUR NOVEL by Writing Coach from Writers Helping Writers

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:  Think of a plot as the cake and a subplot is the frosting. It’s hard to hold a reader without a meaningful subplot. Helpful article for the author mapping out the next novel.

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PINTEREST FOR WRITERS – RESEARCH AND COLLABORATION by Cynthia Owens

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EDITOR’S COMMENT: I confess. I have flirted with Pinterest but never put my boat in at their dock. There are not enough hours in my day to expand social media. Pinterest is a wonderful idea and people swear by it. Cynthia does a great job explaining on using Pinterest for research and a collaboration board.

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SETH EXCERPT FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT

“I liked Seth.

The book and the man.”

Ray Simmons

READERS’ FAVORITE

 

The agent stood motionless. Only his eyes moved. He was good, better than good. The actors at the Marjorie Penhammer Theatre lost any awareness of him standing backstage observing the audience. He was just another object they had to move around to enter and leave the stage. He started watching her when she first sat down in the center section, the fifth row back.

Angel

The audience sat in rapt silence, watching the intense drama on the stage. Unlike Pedra, who sat next to her with a bag in her lap, Angel ignored the performance. Instead, she was looking for the man who followed her into the theater. Never saw his face. Just sensed the movement of him coming closer to her at the bar. She knew who he was. Drug Enforcement Agency. No other explanation worked.

The first survival lesson for any assassin was to be aware of their surroundings. In a sea of harmless faces, the assassin had to decipher which face belonged to the enemy. The second lesson was short.

Kill or be killed.

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