Recently Answered Questions:



Q – 

Angela,

I was abused by two family members for several years. I am thinking of writing a book about my recovery to help others who have also been abused. I would tell my personal story to illustrate this subject.

One of the abusers is still living. I have no contact with that person. He is a sociopath. I would not name him in any book I would write, but I would have to refer to him as my relative.  Could this have legal consequences? Would you advise a different strategy?


A –

The abuser could (and, if he’s a true sociopath, probably would) sue. Not naming him can’t protect you from that. Anyone who knows you personally likely knows who he is. You can bet news of your book will get back to him in one way or another. You also need to be concerned about your safety. True sociopaths can resort to violent crimes to protect their past secrets.

Ways to lessen your chances of being discovered as the author are:

1. Anonymize and fictionalize the entire story (state on the copyright page that it’s fiction based on actual events). Change names, dates, locations, and descriptions of events. You can do all of this without changing the core message you want to convey to other victims (your readers).

2. Use a pseudonym (of course).

3. Never tell anyone but your publisher that you are the actual author of the book. If you tell people, word will get around and, even if you used a pseudonym and called it fiction, he could still sue. That is a risk you do NOT want to take.

I know this is discouraging but even one such lawsuit could bankrupt you in legal fees – even if you win in the end. And, the emotional damage you would be forced endure by interacting with your abuser all these years later could be devastating for you and for your family.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN AFRAID OF THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF WRITING ABOUT YOUR PAST? PLEASE SHARE YOUR ADVICE IN THE COMMENTS BOX BELOW. 

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BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K - $100K Publishing Contracts - by Angela Hoy



Peek over the shoulders of highly successful, published authors to see how they landed publishing contracts worth $10,000 to $100,000! An enticing yet professional book proposal is the key!

BONUS! Successful ghostwriter, Anton Marco, shares his secret for landing ghostwriting clients. Don’t miss Anton’s real ghostwriting contract at the end of this book! It provides an example of what he charges and the payment terms he requires from each client.

HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!





Angela Hoy's book will get you started!

  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing


Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.

The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.





Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/6712.html





Q –

Hello Angela,

You may not know the answer to this.

I rewrote my book. It’s very different from the first edition. I know I need a new ISBN and cover, etc. The problem is, I really like the title of the first edition and I want to re-use that.

Would two Amazon pages then exist for the same book title? The old one AND the new one?

I’m just wondering how I could be proactive with Amazon. Is there a way to contact them with the hopes of eliminating the confusing scenario where two listings for the same book exist?

D.


A –

Amazon won’t remove an old book page unless that book is involved in a copyright battle. They allow people to sell used copies on their site. Also, removing books from their database can cause problem with their customers’ purchase histories in the databases.  To add to the confusion, your previous edition already appears on numerous sites across the globe, and in the online archives. Nothing ever completely disappears from the Internet.

The only way to separate the two editions, and to eliminate confusion among future buyers, is to give the new edition a brand new title.

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



Peek over the shoulders of highly successful freelance writers to see how they earn thousands per article! The query letter is the key!
In these pages, you'll find real query letters that landed real assignments for national magazines, websites, and corporations.

Also includes:

  • Abbi Perrets' form letter that brings in $30,000-$45,000 annually
  • Sample phone query from Christine Greeley
  • The Six Golden Rules of Queries and Submissions...and How I Broke Them! by Bob Freiday
  • Your Rights As a "Freelancer"
  • and ANGELA HOY'S SECRET for finding ongoing freelance work from companies that have a stable of freelancers, yet never run ads for them!


BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K - $100K Publishing Contracts - by Angela Hoy



Peek over the shoulders of highly successful, published authors to see how they landed publishing contracts worth $10,000 to $100,000! An enticing yet professional book proposal is the key!

BONUS! Successful ghostwriter, Anton Marco, shares his secret for landing ghostwriting clients. Don’t miss Anton’s real ghostwriting contract at the end of this book! It provides an example of what he charges and the payment terms he requires from each client.


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Q –

Hi Angela,

(Company name removed) wants to review my book. The problem is they want more than $400. Do you know about this company and is this something you recommend?


A –

I am well aware of the company. There used to be quality, respected magazines that offered legitimate, unbiased reviews of books that they hand-picked for review. However, with the proliferation of self-publishing over the past several years, some of these publications have found a way to cash in on that growing industry.

The problem is, whether the reviews are unbiased or not, people who know a publication charges for reviews might assume those reviews are biased. It only makes sense that a reviewer being paid by an author might want to give the book a good review so the author will come back and pay for more reviews on their future books.

It is also highly doubtful that the review will result in more than $400 in book sales as a direct result of that review.

For these reasons, I never recommend paying for a book review…and certainly not several hundred dollars!

Rather, please see:
How To EASILY Get Awesome and Honest Book Reviews That REALLY Carry Weight With Readers!

HAVE YOU BEEN CONTACTED BY A FEE-BASED BOOK REVIEW SERVICE? OR, DO YOU HAVE IDEAS ON HOW YOUR FELLOW AUTHORS CAN GET LEGITIMATE BOOK REVIEWS WITHOUT PAYING HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS? PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE COMMENTS BOX BELOW!

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TRAVEL WRITING 2.0: Earning Money from your Travels in the New Media Landscape - SECOND EDITION


Completely revised edition of the ground-breaking travel writing book that provides a road map to success in the digital age. It dives headlong into the entrepreneurial world of blogging and digital books, while still acknowledging the real money to be made in declining print forms.

Drawing on interviews and survey responses from more than 100 successful travel writers and bloggers, this is the definitive guide to creating success instead of waiting for permission. Written by a veteran, award-winning writer with two decades of experience as a book author, online publisher, freelancer, and blogger.

Read more here:
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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

Q –

Angela,

I have secured a reversion of rights from the publisher of my 2014 poetry collection. The publisher has relinquished all rights and removed the book from Amazon. The content will be almost the same (just a few changes in format and a couple of line edits). The cover will be the same. I designed it originally and have the cover art. My question is: Do I need to specify an Edition for this reissue and, if so, is it 1 or 2?

– A.C.


A –

I would definitely call is Second Edition. There are very likely old listings for the first edition online and making the new one a Second Edition will help avoid confusion for potential buyers. Furthermore, I recommend adding “SECOND EDITION” after the title in the distributor and book retailer systems to further avoid confusion. Example: QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments – SECOND EDITION

Angela

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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

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



Peek over the shoulders of highly successful freelance writers to see how they earn thousands per article! The query letter is the key!
In these pages, you'll find real query letters that landed real assignments for national magazines, websites, and corporations.

Also includes:

  • Abbi Perrets' form letter that brings in $30,000-$45,000 annually
  • Sample phone query from Christine Greeley
  • The Six Golden Rules of Queries and Submissions...and How I Broke Them! by Bob Freiday
  • Your Rights As a "Freelancer"
  • and ANGELA HOY'S SECRET for finding ongoing freelance work from companies that have a stable of freelancers, yet never run ads for them!






The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing


Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.

The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.





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http://writersweekly.com/books/6712.html





Q –

I have an illustrator for my next children’s book. How do you determine how much to pay them? How does paying an illustrator work? What are the common options to make it fair for both author and illustrator?

Thank you,
Jackie


A – 

The illustrator should have his or her rates already set up. He or she will probably only offer non-exclusive rights so that he/she can continue to sell the artwork elsewhere. You can offer more money for all rights, of course. 

You can find professional book illustrators, and see samples, RIGHT HERE.

Each one of them will be happy to give you a free quote. 🙂

Angela

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HowMaster: The Writer's Guide to Beautiful Word Crafting




HowMaster is a wise choice for the writer who wants to weave words around the reader’s heart.


Author Linda M. Gigliotti shows how effective writing happens.





Author Linda M. Gigliotti draws from years of practice as a private
writing tutor in the guidebook that teaches writers how to format visceral
writing that pulls readers into their book. She explains with instruction
and samples of published works how to craft writing that come to life in the reader's mind.

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The Working Parent's Guide To Homeschooling


Dissatisfaction with public and private schools continues to grow, and with more and more acceptance of homeschoolers at colleges and universities, now is the time to encourage all those who are ready and willing, that they are able and qualified to teach their children, even and especially if they must continue working. The Working Parent’s Guide to Homeschooling answers questions such as, “How can I work and homeschool?” by showing the reader how to find what works for them.



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The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication


Practical resource outlining the self-syndication process, step-by-step. Packed with detailed information and useful tips for writers looking to gain readership, name recognition, publication and self-syndication for their column or articles.







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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing


Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.

The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.





Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/6712.html





Q –

Hi Angela,

I have a question regarding my deceased aunt’s copyrights on three books. When I googled my question, one of the first links was to your article titled When Authors Die…What Happens To Their Books?, which was basically in the same ballpark, but didn’t address my concerns.

She published each book through a different self-publisher: Xlibris, AuthorHouse, and iUniverse.

One of the big concerns I’ve had since my college years has been the effects of the 1978 and 1998 changes to copyright law that have almost guaranteed that works published since 1922 are destined to vanish into the ash heap of history as their last physical copies moulder away before they enter the public domain. What I want to do is put my aunt’s three books into the public domain now, and make them available through digital preservation efforts such as Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive. To do that, it seems I first need to prove that I actually have the right to donate them.

My aunt was never married, never had children, and left everything to her brother’s four children, (i.e. me and my siblings, who all agreed that it would be a nice tribute to preserve her books for posterity like this).

However, my sister, the executor, doesn’t know how to figure out the status of my aunt’s copyrights.

Can you tell me what I need to do to assert ownership of her copyrights, or to find out what their current status is?

J.


A –

There are a variety of reasons why someone might want to release a book into the public domain. Some are similar to yours. Another reason would be for a book meant to promote a specific company or individual. Giving away free content like this can serve as a promotional opportunity…provided the book was written to drive people to purchase a specific, and more expensive, product or service, and not to generate book sales. Some firms publish biographies of their CEO, or books about the history of a company, or even how-to books to spur readers to buy products used in those how-to projects…products developed by the firms publishing those books. 

The first step would be to contact Author Solutions, which owns iUniverse, Xlibris, and AuthorHouse (yes, they’re all basically the same company…and there are LOTS of complaints about them online, unfortunately). See if they registered the copyright. They are probably going to require proof that our aunt has passed and they will likely only speak with the executor of her estate.

If the publisher did not register the copyrights, your aunt may have done so herself so check with the Library of Congress. Go here: https://www.copyright.gov/rrc

Once there, click on Certificates of Registration.

Information on donating works to the public domain can be found RIGHT HERE.

If you need copyrighting services, check out the WritersWeekly Author Service Center.

IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCES RELATED TO COPYRIGHTS OF A DECEASED AUTHOR’S BOOKS, please share your experiences in the comments box below.

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Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

Q –

I never submitted a claim to the Oklahoma Attorney General. I read that Tate Publishing agreed to pay into a fund for their victims. Is it too late for me to get reimbursed? 

A –

Read updates on this disturbing case, and learn what you can do to be included in the Tate Publishing victims’ fund RIGHT HERE.

Are you, too, a Tate Publishing victim? Please share your story in the comments below below. 


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Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning Speed


A systematic approach to writing that generates better quality quickly!


Chock full of ideas, tips, techniques and inspiration, this down-to-earth book is easy to read, and even easier to apply. Let author Jeff Bollow take you through a process that brings your ideas to the page faster, more powerfully and easier than ever before.




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Q – 

I have a children’s book with cover and interior complete. I was going to try to publish it through Amazon’s KDP Print (previously named CreateSpace) but that has been a disaster. They can’t seem to put together the book without adding a bunch of blank pages at the end. Would you be willing to take a look at it and let me know if you would be interested in publishing it and what package you would recommend? I have an electronic version up if you would like to take a peek at it.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

-V.


A –

For books published through BookLocker, the total number of pages must be divisible by two and the last page must be left blank for the printer’s barcode and tracking info. We never add “multiple blank pages” to a book. I’m not sure why Amazon’s KDP Print is adding blank pages. Perhaps they want to pad the book so they can increase the price?

If you can submit ready-to-print pdf files, your book will qualify for BookLocker’s DIY program, which is only $78.

Step 1 of the publishing process for DIY authors is RIGHT HERE.

NOTE TO READERS: If you want to see BookLocker’s color-interior or black-and-white-interior specs, please CONTACT ME. I’ll be very happy to help. 🙂

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Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

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Q –

My publisher finally got my ebook up for sale and it looks horrible! There are broken sections of text and extra spaces all over the place. I asked them to fix it and they are refusing to do so. They said that’s the best they can do with current technology. I find that impossible to believe. Do you have any insight into this? Have you seen these types of errors before?

J.P.


A –

I was reviewing the “look inside” feature of a book on Amazon recently and I noticed lots of errors. Page after page of things were broken. It was a large, well-known publisher! I immediately felt sorry for the author, while also wondering why a huge New York publisher would allow such a mess to go up for sale.

When a Mobi file is provided to Amazon for Kindle products and software, Amazon uses that Mobi file for the “look inside” feature on their website. So, you can easily see if an ebook has distracting and unprofessional errors before you buy it. Amazon even flags some ebooks with poor design and editing so readers are warned before purchasing one of those titles.

And, if your ebook formatting is distracting to your readers, expect one-star ratings on Amazon and other sites, through no fault of your own! Yes, if your publisher has committed this horrible e-faux pas, it can, and likely will, affect your ebook ratings, rankings, and sales – across all ebook retail platforms. 

HOW DO THESE THINGS HAPPEN?

As tempting as the automatic ebook generators might be, they almost always spit out errors – lots of them. The more complex a book’s formatting is, the worse the ebook will look using those types of cheap, too-good-to-be-true programs.

There IS a way to produce high-quality, accurate, beautiful ebooks but it requires special software, which can be pricey, as well as experienced, hands-on coding for the best results. It can be less expensive and far less time-consuming in the long-run to hire a professional ebook designer. Unfortunately, too many publishers seem to take shortcuts, both in price and time, when spewing ebooks en masse out onto the market. And, they apparently don’t look for errors when putting said ebooks up for sale. Here are three examples of formatting issues that each publisher didn’t seemed to notice:

Harper Collins included 2 covers at the beginning of this ebook. Except for the sizes, they are identical. This is an obvious formatting flaw. 


Penguin Books must be VERY proud of their logo! They included it three times in a row at the beginning of this ebook – on the cover, immediately AFTER the cover (where the entire logo is as large as the cover graphic itself!), and then once again after that.


Coterie Classics erred by including the heading for Part One twice in this ebook.


How can authors avoid these and other types of embarrassing ebook formatting and conversion errors? You can find affordable, high quality ebook formatting and conversion services at the WritersWeekly Author Service Center.

And, best of all, YOU will own all rights to your ebook files! Almost every publisher claims all rights to ebook files they create. At the WritersWeekly Author Service Center, YOU own all rights to your files and you can do whatever you want with them, including listing them for sale anywhere you choose, giving free copies to reviewers, and even selling them yourself through your own website.

The ebook formats provided by the Author Service Center are Mobi (what Amazon uses for Kindle products and software), Epub (what the other ebook retailers use), and PDF, which some ebook lovers prefer because many computers, reading devices, and even phones already have PDF software installed.

You can get a FAST, free quote RIGHT HERE.

Do you have an ebook horror story to share? Please do so in the comments box below. 🙂

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How Many Copies Of Your Book Would You Have To Sell In Order To Break Even?




 

 

Q –

Hi Angela,

Thank you for all of the advice you have given us over the years. I am a single mom and I just finished my first book. I was looking for an affordable editor and I found one. It’s like really, really cheap. I contacted them and the owner emailed me back. I was kind of surprised that his email had misspelled words and pretty bad grammar. But, according to his website, he has a stable of editors who work for him. Maybe he doesn’t actually edit any English books himself? More problematic I think is that even his website has lots of errors. There’s a bullet list of services and none of the letters are capitalized and there isn’t any punctuation.

A little red flag is waving but they only charge $1 per page for editing and I’m really tight on money right now. It’s really tempting.

What do you think?

– R.R.


A –

I was once a single mother of three with no child support coming in (and I wrote a book about it). Heck, I even did almost all of my Christmas shopping at a dollar store (back when stuff was REALLY only $1.00). My kids had the cheapest crayons, coloring books, and plastic toys in town and they never once complained, God bless them.

So, I understand how desperation can lead to temptation for a really good “deal.” Unfortunately, if you pay a foreign outfit (that has errors on its website and in its emails) to edit your English-language book, you may end up with a manuscript in far worse shape than it is now. And, you will either have to fix it, or pay someone else to re-edit it for you…at a much higher rate.

Yes, the owner of that website might not be editing books himself but, if he’s charging that low rate, he probably has friends and family in his country editing the books. He might have some professional editors in that country but I would strongly advise against hiring an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) editor for an English-language book aimed at the English reading/speaking market…especially at that too-good-to-be-true rate.

I recommend requesting affordable quotes from professional editors who have experience, and whose native language is English.

Also, see:

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Practical resource outlining the self-syndication process, step-by-step. Packed with detailed information and useful tips for writers looking to gain readership, name recognition, publication and self-syndication for their column or articles.







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