Thursday, October 27, 2011
Interview with Nicole Langan of Tribute Books- What She Wants to Publish in 2012.
Please welcome Nicole Langan from Tribute Books. She has graciously agreed to answer some questions about submitting your book to Tribute and what it takes to get published in the YA genre.
I am more than happy to answer your questions. We are excited about 2012 and what Tribute offers.
1. What advice do you have for writers wanting to find a traditional publisher?
Develop a well-written, well-crafted story. Establish an eager fan base for your work. Have your manuscript professionally edited before submitting it to a publisher. Learn the ins and outs of book promotion before seeking publication. Build a social media platform by devoting the time and energy necessary to run a well-followed blog, Facebook page and Twitter account.
2. What types of subjects and genres are you looking for at Tribute Books?
We're looking for ebook submissions for the young adult genre. Our preference is for damn good writing, the particular topic is secondary in importance. However, ebooks written with a series in mind or those that delve into the paranormal will have a slight edge.
Manuscripts that have already been professionally edited will receive greater consideration. Our preference is to work with authors who have already been published through a royalty-paying press and who know the ins and outs of book promotion. An established social media platform is a must, and we will not consider writers who do not have a well-followed blog, Facebook page or Twitter account.
Interested authors can submit their manuscripts via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be no charge for the authors we select to work with, and they will receive 50% of the net profits of their ebook sales in quarterly royalty payments. We're looking for Microsoft Word documents with a maximum of 350 pages of text with no photos, charts, illustrations, graphs, etc.
My hope is that we are able to recruit some talented writers of well-written, well-crafted stories in order to develop an eager fan base for the titles we publish. We want readers to be excited about the ebooks we produce. Young adult authors have the most devoted fan followings out there, and we'd like to introduce that audience to a whole new host of talent.
3. Do new writers always need an agent to get a traditional publisher interested in their book?
For a small independent publisher like Tribute Books, we accept submissions directly from qualified authors. However, if the end goal is to break into one of the big New York publishing houses, then an agent is absolutely necessary to breach the gatekeepers.
4. What does your average writing day look like?
I thoroughly enjoy a good young adult novel and review many on my blog at http://tributebooksreviews.blogspot.com/. I try to keep an active online presence with the Tribute Books web site (http://www.tribute-books.com//), Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Archbald-PA/Tribute-Books/171628704176), Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/TributeBooks) and blog (http://tributebooks.blogspot.com//).
5. What do you see as the best marketing advice for an author and how can that work to help the publisher?
I am a big believer in the power of social media. I even conduct monthly blog tours for outside publishers and authors in order to help them increase the online presence of a book. Book bloggers are a powerful force in the book industry. With more and more book stores closing and book review columns being cut from major newspapers, readers are depending on bloggers to help them find the books they want to read. They are turning to the internet as a reference point to fill this information gap.
In my opinion, social networking is the bread and butter of any author's promotional efforts. Without it, it's like trying to paddle upstream without a canoe. Readers want to connect with the person who wrote the book. They crave interaction with an author. Nothing beats getting a writer to comment on a blogger's book review post or getting a personalized thank you tweet from your favorite author. The days of authors being isolated from their fans is over. They're now able to build an online following and receive instant feedback for their work. They have the opportunity to take part in creating their own literary community.
Thanks for agreeing to host me. It has been fun. Here is more information on Tribute Books and what we are looking to do for 2012.
Beginning in 2012, Tribute Books will become solely an ebook publisher of young adult titles.
We're looking to work with authors who are savvy with social media - those who blog, tweet and update their Facebook status on a daily basis.
Our preference is for authors who already have a book(s) published through a royalty-paying press. We want to work with those who are familiar with the ins and outs of the publishing process. We seek those who have experience having their work edited and know the effort required for successful book promotion.
There would be NO charge for authors, and those selected would receive 50% of the net retail price in royalties.
To begin, we're looking to work with 12 authors in 2012, publishing one per month.
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