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Janey Burton

PUBLISHING CONSULTANT

Editor & Contracts Negotiator

6 Ways to Help You Show Writer’s Block the Door

6 Ways to Help You Show Writer’s Block the Door

by Alexa Tewkesbury There can’t be many people – even among those who don’t write – who haven’t come across the term ‘writer’s block’. While it might be thrown casually into conversation when writers are having a difficult writing day – accompanied by the back of a...
Why Do Book Categories and Book Genres Matter?

Why Do Book Categories and Book Genres Matter?

I talk about book categories and book genres all the time, especially to urge writers to know well the categories in which they write. That’s because, in order to allow readers to find your work, it’s essential to know where in the publishing landscape your book fits....
Older Writers: Why Being Over 40 Might Make You a Better Writer

Older Writers: Why Being Over 40 Might Make You a Better Writer

by Sarah Tinsley It’s hard to believe that youth isn’t the key to everything. We’re sold the idea that looking as young as possible equals beauty. That staying in touch with the things young people find important will keep us relevant in society. For older writers, it...
3 Basic Things Literary Agents Look For From a Savvy Author

3 Basic Things Literary Agents Look For From a Savvy Author

What do literary agents look for in the authors they want to represent? Contrary to some popular misconceptions, it’s not necessary to be famous, have thousands of followers on social media, or be a personal friend of some grand poobah of publishing in order to get a...
How Long Should My Book Be?

How Long Should My Book Be?

There’s no one answer to the question of how long a book should be, because books come in at different lengths depending on their category and intended audience. Longer isn’t necessarily better – in fact, a short book is sometimes exactly what’s wanted to achieve the...
7 Tips for Effectively Researching Your Book

7 Tips for Effectively Researching Your Book

Research, whether for a non-fiction book or a novel, is an important aspect of writing a book. Ideally, research will provide you with the depth and detail a really good book requires, and at the very least, it will help you avoid the kind of howler that undermines...
6 Excellent Reasons Your Self-Published Book Isn’t Selling

6 Excellent Reasons Your Self-Published Book Isn’t Selling

Audience Competition Marketing Your book just doesn’t look good The price isn’t right Unrealistic expectations The way forward Self-publishing a book has become so easy to do that sometimes it seems everyone is doing it, and that might not be far from the truth:...
A Practical Guide to the 3 Stages of Editing a Book

A Practical Guide to the 3 Stages of Editing a Book

Before a book is ready to submit to a literary agent or publisher, or to be self-published, it is usually edited to a high standard. Unedited or poorly edited books won’t get book deals. Readers avoid low-quality self-published books. Increasingly, editors at...
Do I Need a Writing Coach or a Ghostwriter?

Do I Need a Writing Coach or a Ghostwriter?

By Nicole Johnston The short answer is no: you need neither a writing coach nor a ghostwriter. Why? Because ‘need’ is a loaded word. You can do it without any help. You can learn what you need to know to become a writer, and even a good one, without them. Writers are...