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Pitchapalooza Success Stories

We are proud of yet another crop of Pitchapalooza winners and participants who have books coming out this spring.

Child please: How Mama’s Old-School Lessons Helped Me Check Myself Before I Wrecked Myself by Yolonda Caviness, Tarcher/Penguin, May 2015. 

Pieces of My Mother: A Memoir by Melissa Cistaro, Sourcebooks, May 2015.

Sparrow Migrations by Cari Noga, Lake Union Publishing, May 2015.

Deadly Design by Debra Dockter, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, June 2015.  

The Cake Therapist (book one in a two-book deal) by Judith Fertig, Berkley/Penguin June 2015. 

Upcoming Events

NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza 
Now through March 31, 2015 
11:59PM, PST 

Tucson Festival of Books
March 14-15, 2015
Tucson, AZ

San Antonio Book Festival 
April 11-12, 2015
San Antonio, TX 

New England SCBWI Conference
April 24-26, 2015
Springfield, MA

South Dakota Festival of the Book 
Sept. 24-27, 2015
Rapid City, SD

James River Writers Conference
October 17-18, 2015
Richmond, VA 

Recent Press About and by The Book Doctors 

Pitchapalooza Winner Judith Fertig: How Did You Get a 2-Book Deal for Your Debut Novel? 

NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza Winner Gets 3-Book Deal with Random House

Huffington Post Interview with Cathy Camper on Graphic Novels, Low Riders and Diversity
Huffington Post Interview with Lee Wilson on Memoir, Ballet, Broadway, Editors and Choreographers  
Huffington Post Interview with Jackson Michael on Bart Starr, Frank Gifford, Bob Griese and the Men who Made the NFL Great

Huffington Post Interview with Cari Noga on Self-Publishing Literary Fiction: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Author Profile = Publishing Success

As we freeze in a winter wonderland (or a frozen wasteland depending on your point of view) and dream of spring springing, we are positively jubilant that we’ve turned in the final draft of the Third Edition of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published. So we thought we’d give you a little preview. If you want to get successfully published, then this info is a must read and one of our most important updates in the new edition.
Many authors neglect to put crucial information in their author profiles on social media platforms, if they even put up profiles at all.  “You only get so many owned or controlled presences online,” says Peter McCarthy, of the Logical Marketing Agency, a digital marketing company for the publishing industry. That’s why you want to make sure to have in-depth and well-thought-out profiles on Google Plus, Amazon, Goodreads, and LinkedIn. Not only do you get to decide what to put in these profiles, but you also get to take advantage of the fact that Google ranks these sites highly for searches. So let’s say, someone is looking for a book on how to get published. If I have profiles on all these sites with well-chosen keywords and phrases on this very subject, The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published is likely to come up higher in this person’s search than someone else’s book on the same subject. And the higher up you can get on Google searches relating to your book, the more books you’re likely to sell.

But don’t put up the exact same profile on all four sites. Differentiate slightly among them so that you can broaden the number of searches that might find you. Within Amazon, for example: Because people visit Amazon to buy stuff, your profile should facilitate those transactions. You want to be much more specific in describing the types of books you write. On LinkedIn, which is mostly for professional networking, you want to be more focused on credentials: Why should a reader trust you on your area of expertise? On Goodreads, which is more social in nature, you can be more informal and talk about your kids, your dog, and the books (preferably within your subject area/genre) you love and admire. On Google Plus, where biographical data help Google identify you in searches, it’s just the facts ma’am.

Find out more about profiles and check out the rest of the updates we made in our new edition in May!


5th Annual Online Pitchapalooza

We are thrilled to be teaming up again with National Novel Writing Month for our annual online PitchapaloozaWriters have until March 6th to get their pitches in.  The 2013 winner, Stacy McAnulty now has a 3-book deal

Upcoming Webinar: 

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY

It’s the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways now to get published than ever before. Yes, it’s great to have so many options, but they’re all so confusing.  That’s where The Book Doctors come in, with a prescription for making your book a rousing success.
Watch for more information coming soon. 


How to Self-Publish an EBook by Chandra Steele 
"It is possible to expend no cash and little time in your pursuit of becoming an ebook author. We're going to show you the simplest and cheapest ways to get your ebook on the digital shelves of the major ebookstores—Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, and more."

The Future of the Book from The Economist 
From Papyrus to Pixels: The Digital Transformation Has Only Just Begun 
"Almost as constant as the appeal of the book has been the worry that that appeal is about to come to an end." 

Where's Our WGA? The Union Situation for Freelancers by Sarah Jaffee
"Union workers in all industries make more money than non-union workers—according the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly $200 more per week."
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