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Janey Burton

PUBLISHING CONSULTANT

Editor & Contracts Negotiator

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...
6 Essential Terms of a Book Publishing Contract

6 Essential Terms of a Book Publishing Contract

You made it! You got a book deal and now here are the terms – the publishing contract. The publisher is asking you to read it, sign it and send it back. Some of it is a bit confusing, but … I mean, they know what they’re doing, so it’ll be fine to just sign it,...
15 Questions to Ask an Editor Before Hiring Them

15 Questions to Ask an Editor Before Hiring Them

When should I hire an editor? What training and experience do you have? Which categories of books do you work with? What services do you offer? How much will an editing service cost? Do you do sample edits? Can I have a reference from other authors you have worked...