When it comes to publishing a novel, the actual writing is only half the battle. In order to get the attention of a publisher, you have to know how to “sell” your book.
I think we can all agree that most writers are not natural-born sales professionals. So it’s easy to understand why the idea of sitting down across the desk from an editor and pitching your novel might make you break out in a cold sweat.
No worries. There are basically eight big pitfalls you have to avoid — all you have to do is navigate around them, and let your story shine through.
I’ve explained how to do it here, on Fiction University.
By Laurence MacNaughton
Dear Laurence: I recently got a request for pages from an agent that I pitched to at a conference. At the same time, I had also submitted my query to a workshop, and that editor emailed me and requested pages, too. I didn’t realize I would get this kind of response, so I was caught unprepared. What do I do? Continue reading
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Nervous about pitching your work to an editor or literary agent? Just avoid these five deal-breaking mistakes and you’ll put yourself well ahead of the competition. Continue reading
Categories: For Writers, how to write a book, how to write a novel, writing a novel
Tags: fiction writing, how to pitch, how to publish a book, how to write a book, how to write a novel, literary agents, novel writing, Publishers, sell your writing, writing a novel, Writing Tips