Monthly Archives: July 2015

Book Country at the PNWA 2015 Conference

Posted by July 14th, 2015

Book Country is headed to Seattle for the PNWA 2015 Conference at the end of this week! PNWA stands for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, a fantastic community and professional organization for writers. You might remember that I exhibited and presented at the 2013 PNWA Conference (it was my first conference with Book Country!) and I had a fantastic time meeting Book Country members, shopping for new writing guides, and picking up writing wisdom from the fabulous crop of writers hosted by the conference.

At PNWA 2015, you can find me at the Book Country table in the Exhibition Hall on Friday and Saturday. I’ll also be doing the following presentations:

  • “Treat Your Book Like a Start Up” (Friday, July 17 @ 12-1:30pm, Emerald Ballroom D)
  • “The Author Platform: Social Media Dos and Don’ts” with Andrea Dunlop, Book Country member and director of social media and marketing at Girl Friday Productions (Saturday, July 18 @10-11:30am, Emerald Ballroom E)

The full schedule for sessions at PNWA 2015 is here.

Will you be at PNWA 2015? Be sure and let us know on the discussion boards!

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Ask a Literary Agent: Amy Cloughley Answers Your Questions

Posted by July 13th, 2015

Amy CloughleyPlease welcome literary agent Amy Cloughley of Kimberley Cameron & Associates to the blog today! Amy’s in the market to acquire the following types of books: Historical; Literary; Mainstream; Mystery and Suspense (all types but NO paranormal); Thriller (legal, grounded, psychological); Women’s Fiction; Adult Nonfiction (pop culture and humor, sports, narrative, memoir–travel). Like Book Country, Amy will be at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference at the end of this week. If you’ll also be at #PNWA15, you’ll be able to find Amy at the Agent Forum on Friday, July 17, at 10:00am, and at Power Pitch Sessions A, D, & E on Friday and Saturday.

When do you need an agent?  How do you know when you are ready as a writer to take this step? – Claire Count

There are a variety of great options for publishing your work, but if your goal is to be traditionally published, your odds of success increase quite a bit if you work with a qualified agent. Although many small/mid-sized publishers will consider unagented work, most of the larger houses will not, and the publishers who do often give priority to agented submissions.

You will know you are ready to take this step when your manuscript (or book proposal for nonfiction) is your best, most polished work. Although an agent will often provide some feedback to clients, an agent is typically looking to take on projects/clients who are as close to ready for the marketplace as possible. So be sure to do your research and due diligence. What is the typical word count for your genre? Is your POV clear and consistent? Are your main characters fully developed? Is your pacing appropriate for your genre? Did you have quality beta readers provide feedback? Did you identify a few current comparable titles to include in your query? There are numerous websites such as WritersDigest or here at BookCountry, as well as countless books and classes, that cover how to prepare your manuscript for publication. Applying this information will help your manuscript get an agent’s attention. Continue reading

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Kate Atkinson Quote: “The beginning is the word…”

Posted by July 10th, 2015

The beginning is the word and the end is silence. And in between are all the stories.(Kate Atkinson Quote)

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You Can Still Sign Up for the Book Country Buddy Program!

Posted by July 8th, 2015

We’re thrilled with how many intrepid Book Country members have signed up for the brand-new Book Country Buddy Program! Matching like-minded writers to help each other write their best books has been a lot of fun.

As this is an ongoing benefit to your Book Country membership, we want to make sure you know that you can still sign up to take part. We’re looking for writers in all genres, so that we can make sure and match everyone who’s signed up with someone who’ll be familiar with what one another is writing, and can give great feedback based on that specific knowledge.

Sign up for the Book Country Buddy Program

Why join the Book Country Buddy Program?

This is a great opportunity for writers to:

  • Get valuable, detailed feedback on multiple drafts of the same manuscript.
  • Gain a like-minded writing partner and friend on Book Country. 
  • Commit to an ambitious yet attainable writing and revising plan.

You can read more about how the program works, how to sign up, and review a sample schedule here.

Don’t hesitate to write to us with any and all questions you may have about the Book Country Buddy Program. Simply email support@BookCountry.com, or post a question on this discussion thread.

 

 

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Book Country at ThrillerFest and PitchFest

Posted by July 7th, 2015

Headed to ThrillerFest X this week? So is Book Country!

ThrillerFestCome visit the Book Country table on Thursday, July 9th, between 2-5:30pm on the Ballroom Level of the Grand Hyatt NYC. We’re going to be tabling during the PitchFest event, where hundreds of thriller writers will giving their 3-minute novel pitch to dozens of agents.

ThrillerFest is the annual conference of the International Thriller Writers, a writers’ organization that represents professional thriller writers from around the world. Continue reading

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New Notifications on Book Country

Posted by July 6th, 2015

You’re probably seeing a lot more activity on your logged-in homepage on Book Country this week. That’s because we’ve just launched several new notifications on Book Country that are designed to help you stay in the loop on all the exciting news happening within the Book Country community.

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New notifications in the Book Country News Feed

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New notifications in your Book Country Notification Center

Here’s a list of all the notifications you’ll get on Book Country:

  • When you have a new connection or connection recommendation
  • When your book in peer review has a new review
  • When there is a comment on a review of your book in peer review
  • When there is a new comment on a review you’ve written for another member
  • When a member follows your book in peer review
  • When a member uploads a new draft of a book you have reviewed
  • When a book you’re following has a new version uploaded or receives a new review
  • When a connection uploads a new book or a new draft
  • When a book you are following is submitted to be published

If you have questions about notifications on Book Country, send us an email at support@bookcountry.com.

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