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How to market and promote your books

By Jeffrey Sussman
President, Jeffrey Sussman, Inc.

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 30, 2017

Every author and every publisher wants to sell as many books as possible. Each may try a variety of tactics as well as resort to conventional means of publicity, but results often fall short of expectations. It is one reason why publishers make significant profits from only a small fraction of the books they publish. And the vast numbers of authors cannot count on royalties to support themselves. What to do?

Here are several examples that have helped publishers increase the quantity of sales and have even helped self-published authors make money from their books.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 29, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth

Accepts queries from both established and emerging authors. See agent profiles on website and select specific agent to query. Send queries by email only. See website for full guidelines.

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firstwriter.magazine Issue 31: Summer 2017

firstwriter.com – Monday August 28, 2017

firstwriter.com has just announced the launch of the penultimate issue of its long-running literary journal, firstwriter.magazine.

firstwriter.magazine has been published twice a year since 2002, making it probably one of the longest-running online journals on the internet. This 31st issue features the usual mix of quality fiction and poetry from around the world, plus the first chance to see not just the winning story from the Fifteenth International Poetry Competition, but also all ten Special Commendations. You can view the magazine by clicking here.

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Bernard MacLaverty: ‘Just try to write. You can do it better tomorrow’

theguardian.com – Saturday August 26, 2017

The novelist on the privilege of working from home, the benefits of eavesdropping and why he and his grandson love to play ‘throwing writers at the radiator’.

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YA Publisher Allegedly Tricked Best Sellers List In Scheme To Sell The Movie Rights

cinemablend.com – Friday August 25, 2017

YA novels are still big business in the publishing world, but a large part of the reason for that is the frequency with which many of them get adapted as films. It seems one new book may have tried to game the system specifically to get the movie made.This week a book almost nobody had heard of, and even fewer had read, called Handbook for Mortals, found itself atop the New York Times Best Sellers list. Now, it seems the publisher may have used questionable means to get on the list in order to secure funding for the movie version of the book.

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New Literary Agency Listing

firstwriter.com – Thursday August 24, 2017

Handles: Fiction; Nonfiction
Areas: Crime; Culture; Fantasy; Humour; Romance; Sci-Fi
Markets: Adult; Children's; Youth
Treatments: Contemporary; Literary; Popular

See website for individual agent interests and submission methods, and query one agent only, using online submission system.

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Abridged 0 – 51 Wormwood: Submission Call

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 23, 2017

What if the end does not begin somewhere above our heads, but festers in the lives of individuals. What if it will not drop down from the sky but seep out slowly from the streams that flow under our senses. What if it isn’t colossal, overwhelming and thundering, but microscopic, sneaking and silent. What if we are deafened not by a distant bang but a cancer worming deep in our cells. What if it won’t be thrown at us, in our ignorance, from far far away, but is carried around inside us in tiny electric pieces. What if it is not of some mythological or hypothetical future but of the right now. Not the threat of a coming instant but a present dragging catastrophe.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday August 23, 2017

Publishes: Fiction; Poetry; 
Areas include: Gothic; Literature; 
Markets: Adult; Professional; Youth; 
Preferred styles: Contemporary; Cynical; Dark; Experimental; In-depth; Literary; Serious

A literary magazine featuring dark, psychological fiction, poetry, and art. Started in 2017, we are a nonprofit publication. Our goal is to share literature that raises awareness of and expresses psychological issues and feelings of displacement through the literary gothic. We're open to a variety of styles, including writing that is minimalistic or that has elements of fantasy or horror, so long as it fits within our theme.

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2018 edition of Writers' Handbook now available to buy

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 22, 2017

The 2018 edition of firstwriter.com’s bestselling directory for writers has just been launched, and makes the perfect book for anyone searching for literary agents, book publishers, or magazines. It contains over 1,400 listings, including revised and updated listings from the 2017 edition, and nearly 400 brand new entries.

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Ray Bradbury’s Practical and Inspiring Writing Advice

flavorwire.com – Tuesday August 22, 2017

The late, great Ray Bradbury, a master of modern science fiction, was born on this day in 1920. Bradbury was full of wit and wisdom when it came to dishing out practical writing advice. 

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