What’s a Book Writer to Do?


I’ve had five novels published professionally, through an internationally-distributed publishing house. I’m contracted for one more, which will be hitting stores next Summer. And like all good authors, knowing that there’s an end in sight to my current contract, I’m on the hunt for a new one. After my first three books, getting a second contract for three more was easy. My books weren’t bestsellers, but they sold enough to turn a profit for my publisher, so getting a new contract was a no-brainer. Yet now, suddenly, after almost six published books under my belt, landing a new contract is [Read more…]

Book Writing and Publishing FAQ

If you want to write a book and have it published by a reputable traditional publisher, then you need to demonstrate to an agent and publisher that your book will sell, and there is one very specific piece of information that you need to share in order to help prove your worth in terms of generating revenue. That one thing is different for nonfiction authors than it is for fiction authors, and of course, there are a lot of other aspects of your writing and experience that play into an agent or publisher’s decision to offer you a contract or [Read more…]

Book Writing and Publishing FAQ – What Should the Title of My Book Be?


You have an idea for a great book or you’ve already written your manuscript and need to create the perfect title.  That title needs to appropriately convey the tone of your book but also catch the attention of a literary agent, publisher and readers.  That’s a tall order! My best advice when it comes to choosing a title for your book is this — don’t let it stress you out completely.  The reason is simple — no matter what you name your book in your manuscript, the publisher has the last word on what the title will be, and that [Read more…]

Book Writing and Publishing FAQ – How Long Should My Fiction Book Be?

Last week, I wrote about how long nonfiction books should be in the Book Writing and Publishing FAQ series.  Today, I’m going to tackle fiction.  Before I dive in, I want to remind you that there are exceptions to every rule and the word counts provided here are simply suggested guidelines. In order to offer word count targets for your fiction book, you need to consider two things: your book’s genre and the current market trends.  In other words, there are acceptable word count targets for young adult fiction that are not the same as the word count targets for [Read more…]

Book Writing and Publishing FAQ – How Long Should My Nonfiction Book Be?

A very common question among aspiring writers is related to how much they actually need to write before their nonfiction manuscript can be considered complete.  In other words, how long should a nonfiction book be? Unfortunately, there is not a simple answer to that question.  However, the reason is simple — the publisher usually determines the word count that they want for a nonfiction book. The publisher determines this number by weighing production costs against projected sales numbers.  The publisher also reviews the competitive market to see what else is already available and how those books are selling.  In other [Read more…]

Pricing Book Writing Services


I received a question via the Freelance Writing Jobs contact form today that is probably fairly common among freelance writers.  A seasoned journalist sent me the following note: “An opportunity has been presented to me to write a book. The problem is I have no idea how to price such a venture.” How much should writers charge to write a book for a client?  There are a few things to consider in order to know what the going rate is to write a book. First, you need to know who is publishing the book.  If a major publisher asks you [Read more…]

The Brave New World of Writing


Nearly ten years ago, iTunes forever changed the music industry. The familiar business model of buying CDs made up of ten tracks or more was replaced by the ability to download individual songs. The record industry was thrown into turmoil and it took years for executives to figure out how to do business in this brave new world. Today, the publishing industry is going through the same digital revolution, thanks to the advent of ebooks. Just weeks ago, a big name literary agent decided to bypass traditional book publishers to work directly with Amazon.com and its Kindle ebook reader, giving [Read more…]

Book Writing and Publishing FAQ – Do I Need to Write My Book Before I Try to Get an Agent or Publisher?


While I certainly don’t claim to be an expert about book writing and publishing, I have had 6 books published by major publishers, and I’m writing my 7th.  Therefore, I feel like I can answer at least some questions about book writing and publishing. Keep in mind, if you ask 20 authors, agents, or publishers the same question, you’re likely to get a wide variety of answers.  With that in mind, my answers to the questions in the new Freelance Writing Jobs Book Writing and Publishing FAQ Series are my opinion and based on my own research and experiences.  Different [Read more…]

Introducing the Writing Life of Susan Gunelius


As a follow up to my post yesterday, Introducing the Professional Life of Susan Gunelius, today I’m going to share my writing life with the Freelance Writing Jobs community, so you can get to know me better. Here goes… Like most writers, I have always loved to write.  I’d rather take an essay test in school than multiple choice any day of the week.  English was a natural choice for my minor in college, and when I started my corporate marketing career, writing became a key part of my role.  It was through my work in Corporate America that I [Read more…]

Writing a Book: The Beginnings

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As mentioned in other posts, I’m writing my first book. This has always been my dream, but I’ve never actually taken the steps to write a book because I find the process so intimidating.  I decided however, that this would be the year. I also decided that I would blog the book process so that those of you who wish to experience this will know what to expect. If I make mistakes, perhaps you can learn by them. If something I do works, perhaps that will work for you as well. Book Writing So Far I already have my outline [Read more…]

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