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11.3.20

Avoid this massive no-no when pitching your book to publishers

Sending your finished manuscript to a publisher increases your chance of a rejection slip.

That’s right. The last thing publishers want is your full manuscript to read.

How do I know? Because publishers tell you what they want these days. Which leads me to my final tip in my series of 10 Tips to Win a Publishing Deal (find the other tips here). It is this:

#10 Follow the publisher’s pitch guidelines

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4.3.20

Have you made this rookie mistake when pitching to a publisher?

Back in my journalism days, I got regular phone calls from folks pitching story ideas (bless them). There was only one kind of pitch I would NOT listen to. It went like this:

“I saw your story last week on [blank]. I have a great story about [blank]. Would you be interested?”

So, here is my answer, which is also my penultimate tip in my series about how to win a publishing deal.

Tip #9: Don’t pitch a book about something they recently published.

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5.2.20

How to hook and land a publishing deal: Tip #5

I know that many new authors would prefer to land a publishing deal than self-publish.

So, I’ve been writing a series for you about how to outplay the publishers and win the deal you are looking for.

Tip #5: Have a message that appeals to millions of people.

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29.1.20

How to seduce a publisher

I’ve been writing a series about how to win publishing deals, which is very nice of me because I’m a big advocate of self-publishing. But if you really want a publisher, I’m providing some tips on how to win them over. There are 10 tips and you can see the full list here, and then check out tips 1#, #2, and #3 in more detail.

Which means we are up to tip #4. Be a beautiful writer.

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15.1.20

Beat publishers at their own game

Most authors prefer to be picked up by a publisher than to self-publish. Both have their advantages. I’m writing this series of 10 tips to help to demystify the publishing process for those who want to go the traditional route.

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9.1.20

Publishing: How to avoid rejection slips

If you have pitched your book to multiple publishers, and received only rejections, does it mean there is something wrong with your book? Of course not. Think J.K. Rowling and the 500 million Harry Potter book sales, which the 12 publishers who rejected her are weeping about today.

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