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Janey Burton

PUBLISHING CONSULTANT

Editor & Contracts Negotiator

Everything You Need to Know About Manuscript Assessment

Everything You Need to Know About Manuscript Assessment

What is a manuscript assessment? Who is the manuscript assessment service for? Which book categories do you work with? What additional information do you need? How long will the manuscript assessment report be? What will be in the report? Do you follow a manuscript...
Will a Traditional Publisher Republish my Self-Published Book?

Will a Traditional Publisher Republish my Self-Published Book?

Make sure you have retained your publishing rights Can you show strong sales of your self-published work? But a traditional publisher would be able to market the book better! But 50 Shades of Grey was self-published and then republished, and it wasn’t good! Can a case...
Interpreting 3 Kinds of Rejection by Agents and Publishers

Interpreting 3 Kinds of Rejection by Agents and Publishers

Don’t take it personally when it isn’t personal What to do if you receive a form rejection Try and put yourself in their shoes What to do if you receive a semi-personal rejection Recognise encouragement where you find it What to do if you receive a personal rejection...
Everything You Need to Know About Mini Consultations

Everything You Need to Know About Mini Consultations

What is a mini consultation? How is a mini consultation different from a consultation? Is a mini consultation like a ‘power hour’ or a ‘1-2-1’? Why have I created a mini consultation service? Who is the mini consultation for? Who is the mini consultation NOT for? How...
Do I Have to Read to be a Good Writer? 3 Tips for Reading More

Do I Have to Read to be a Good Writer? 3 Tips for Reading More

‘If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: Read a lot and write a lot.’ Stephen King It’s difficult to contribute to an artform you don’t like or understand Read the classics if you enjoy them Read a variety of books Read shorter books ‘You...
Do I Really Need A Literary Agent?

Do I Really Need A Literary Agent?

  What does a literary agent do? How does a literary agent get paid? Who needs a literary agent? What’s the alternative? This is such a common question, it’s really worth spending some time trying to get clear. First, let’s establish what a literary agent does,...
Self-publishing, Hybrid Publishers & Vanity Presses: A Simple Guide

Self-publishing, Hybrid Publishers & Vanity Presses: A Simple Guide

Contents Self-publishing, hybrid publishers and vanity presses: a simple guide Self-publishing vs traditional publishing What is a hybrid publisher? What is a vanity press? What is a self-publishing service provider? I see it happen far too often: A writer has been...
5 Reasons You’re Not Ready to Hire an Editor

5 Reasons You’re Not Ready to Hire an Editor

5 Reasons Why You’re Not Ready to Hire an Editor You have an idea for a book … and that’s all You’ve just finished the first draft of your first book What you really need is some writing classes What you really need is to learn a bit about the industry You’re...
How Long Should My Book Be?

How Long Should My Book Be?

The question of how long a book should be is a common one. But it also seems to be an increasingly confused one, as self-published books don’t necessarily follow the same conventions as traditionally published titles, and challenges like NaNoWriMo suggest at least the...