Marketing & Selling Books


The Query Shark’s Best Advice on How to Get a Literary Agent

Here’s how to write a query letter that is good enough to get a literary agent’s attention. These 15 tips for pitching your book idea or manuscript are from the agent who created a whale of a blog called Query Shark. I first met literary agent Janet Reid at the Surrey International Writers Conference, way back when we were dodging […]

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How to Hire a Social Media Marketer

Your hands are full doing what you love (writing, creating products, running your business) – you have no time to market your books and brand online! It’s time to hire a social media marketer. Here’s what one published author says: “I’ve read a million ‘how to’s’ about social media, and have spent a ton of time creating the array of […]


Overwhelmed by the Thought of Selling Your Writing? Help is Here

If you’re a writer who gets overwhelmed when you think of marketing and selling your writing, you’re not alone! Not wanting to promote my writing is why I hesitate to pursue a literary agent and get my books published. Here’s how a fellow writer describes it: “The thought of all the details I must be sure to cover in this […]


Example of a Query Letter to Literary Agents for a Nonfiction Book

Here’s the query letter for my “Quips and Tips” nonfiction book series, which I sent to a couple dozen literary agents five days ago. So far, I’ve received six positive responses and many rejections. I’ll post some of the agents’ responses soon — some of them are really interesting! Fellow scribes, how’s your writing coming along? Are you stuck or […]


5 Ways to Market and Sell Your Poetry Book

You’ll find selling poetry much easier if you know how to spread the word! These five tips for marketing your book of poems are from published poet and freelance writer Cherie Burbach. “Happiness is sharing a bowl of cherries and a book of poetry with a shade tree.  He doesn’t eat much and doesn’t read much, but listens well and […]

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6 Ways to Promote Your Book for Free Online

These tips for promoting your book are free – but they still require effort! The right marketing tips will help you avoid paying money to PR companies and publicists – and these tips are for authors who have more time than money. First, remember: “Success isn’t always an immediate change.” ~ Dirk Matson. None of these services guarantee that your book […]


Promoting a Book – Should You Hire a Book Promotion Company?

Even before you get published, you need to start promoting your book! Should you hire a book promotion company? These five tips will help you answer these questions: What is the best book marketing service for me? Which promotion companies should I contact? How much will it cost to market and advertise my book? How can I trust the book promoters […]