TODAY, Saturday, January 20th, 2018, is the Winter 2018 24-Hour Short Story Contest!

The topic is posted right here.

Letters and Comments

BookLocker is FAST!

BookLocker is FAST!

I am impressed how fast ( works. It took me five months to get a poetry book published by Amazon several years ago, and I had to do a lot of reparative work on the formatting to make it look right.…

Get Your Book Featured On Artists First!

I just recorded a podcast for Artists First, which is dedicated to publicizing “the best music you’ve never heard and the best books you’ve never read.” I mentioned a number of times as the best source for buying Waterproof Justice.…

Is This Industry A Swamp For Scams?

Angela, I drop by from time-to-time, just to see if the industry has improved. Afraid once again it seems the environment is dangerous and a swamp for scams (no pay, copyright theft, mauling of submissions to 'publishers'). I once thought things were pretty settled as to how book publishing works, but it is still the wild west. Makes you wonder how those big name guys actually succeed. Thanx for the website and your continuing efforts to help so many. Cheers, R.W. RELATED: WHO'S SCAMMING GRANNY? Snakes That Prey on Elderly Authors When Writers Contribute to a Scammer's Success Possible Scam - Smart Author Avoids Possible Dangerous Situation Top 10 Signs You've Been Scammed Into Writing for Free Great Writing Gig Or A Scam? 10 Red Flags! Authors Who Have Been Scammed by Publishers More letters:

How Can I Get A Free Issue Of The Write Markets Report?

How Can I Get A Free Issue Of The Write Markets Report?

I would like to request your free email issue of The Write Markets Report. Please, might you also send information on the cost of future reports? Thank you,
Sandra T.
Here is a link to a sample issue: The issues are monthly, and the cost is $4.95/year. See: RELATED Use Magazine Vendor Websites To Find New Paying Markets For Writers! By Robert Kingett QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments Copies of real query letters that resulted in writing assignments worth $2K and much more! 24-HOUR SHORT STORY CONTEST - Summer 2015 Instructions for the 24-hour short story contest. BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K - $100K Publishing Contracts In these pages, you'll find real book proposals that landed contracts with these publishing houses: Simon & Schuster, MIRA Books, Music Sales Corporation, Berkeley Books, Osborne/McGraw-Hill and many more! It's A Dirty Job...Writing Porn For Fun And Profit! Includes Paying Markets! Katy Terrega provides the only resource you need to learn how to write and sell erotica. Archived letters are HERE. …

Library “Gifts” And Copyright Harvesting – AUTHOR BEWARE!

Hi Angela - was reading your link from the last issue. I do agree with your advice that authors should not sign over any rights out of hand, but as a librarian who worked with a collection for print impaired students, it was difficult to obtain copyright permission for materials we transcribed into Braille, large print, or audio recordings. I have some sympathy with the gift contract from that perspective... …

More World’s Worst Book Proposals And Query Letters!

Hi, Angie. This one really got me: "I seek publisher for the attached article expressing possible disadvantages of the theory or concept of feminism." On top of everything else, does he not realize that you, a female business person, are the publisher? The sheer lunacy of these things is jaw-dropping. Just when I think I've seen it all or heard it all, I find out the abyss goes even deeper. Keep 'em coming. Regards, Marsha …

CreateSpace Complaints

BTW, you are totally correct about CreateSpace customer service -- pathetic. …

QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments

Dear Ms. Hoy, Thank you VERY much for your insight and advice! I found the information on how to send out a query for an article to be extremely helpful (I was doin' it wrong). I got my first yes! I think I will plaster IT to my wall instead of the rejections letters! Very Respectfully, Dawn RELATED: QUERYING QUERIES? What To Do When Editors Fall Silent Secure Interview Before Query or Vice-Versa? More World's Worst Book Proposals and Query Letters! Query Rejected? You May Not Have to Take No for an Answer Mining Your Family for Query Ideas

More Kudos To Booklocker’s Cover Designer!

More Kudos To Booklocker’s Cover Designer!

Just when I thought Todd Engel had created a book cover beyond my expectations, he exceeded them once again. A rock star for the ages, now and forevermore.…

Praise For BookLocker

Angela, I thought you'd enjoy seeing this plus in an article I've just written for NWA. Work hard to get your memoir published, if only as an e-book. If you can find a publisher for your memoir, more power to you. The process can be arduous and, ultimately, unrewarding for you, especially if you are a first-time author. Of course, you can always bring your manuscript to your local printer and have copies made for your family. And, you can pay to have your book published and thus, become a self-published author. Be cautious if you opt for this route, however. There are many unscrupulous "vanity presses" out there. One of the most reputable and economical is BookLocker. They will help convert your manuscript to an e-book format and will offer help with every step along the way for a very reasonable price. Regards, Marlene RELATED: BookLocker's Publishing Packages HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY Berkeley Days: The Uncensored Memoirs of an Underground Journalist Q&A - Should I Name Names in My Memoir? Do Bar Fights Count? How To Write Your Military Stories

90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book’s Daily Marketing Plan

Just finished reading 90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE. What great info.! I am not the marketing genius, but give me directions I can follow and turn me loose. Thanks for that book. I have already started tweaking my keywords, working on my (book marketing) cheat sheet, and making little changes to my websites. R. RELATED: Why Are These Books Best Sellers? One-Shot Book Marketing Does NOT WORK - But THIS DOES! Print on Demand Price Comparison How Many Book Sales Needed to Recoup Your Investment? Building Block Book Marketing

You’re a Bulldog

I loved the advice you gave last week about articles held for ransom. You are a bulldog, and I mean that with the utmost respect. You paid me for my article long before publishing. Thank you very much.…

“I Have Booklocker.Com, Inc. To Thank For Producing A First-Rate, Quality Book For Me!”

Hey, Angela! I'm excited to let you know that A God for All Seasons just won the Feathered Quill Book Awards Program Bronze Medal for Best Inspirational! The judging criteria includes Layout and Design and Production Quality. Once again, I have, Inc. to thank for producing a first-rate, quality book for me! Thank you!!! Patti Tingen A GOD FOR ALL SEASONS: Inspiration and Reflection for All Times RELATED: The BookLocker Family Rallies Together To Make Great Books! Another Happy BookLocker Author! "I Have Had So Many Compliments On (my book cover design)!!" BookLocker Did An Excellent Job! BookLocker's Cover Designer is a Rock Star!

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