The coronavirus is irking me. I saw the initial excavation of a hospital for five thousand beds and it reminded me of North Koreans marching to the Bee Gees. The trucks and diggers looked like ants swarming a toilet bowl. I have relatives in China, doing covert missionary stuff, very dangerous, and they weren’t allowed to leave the country. I hear it has spread as far as Afghanistan. My step father thinks he has it, and I told him he would be dead already, but he told me it doesn’t kill you, just gives you pneumonia. Why all the fuss, it’s like the koalas are being wiped out again.
The image of North Koreans marching to the Bee Gees, oh my, was it Night Fever or Staying Alive? lmao. I can see them all now in their bright white 70s suits throwing dance moves ala John Travolta. Priceless.
So, you’re getting published. Your agent has persuaded a publisher to take on your book – job done, right? Wrong (and a good thing too, otherwise this blog post would be woefully short)!
There are a lot of people involved in turning your manuscript into a book – and to make sure that your book sells. One of the departments that you might not know much about is the publicity department.
I’m privileged to have a PR director from Penguin Random House as a mentor, and I’d like to share with you 5 things every author needs to know about book publicists.
1) They help to determine whether your book is brought on-board.
Before purchasing your book, a publishing house will hold an acquisi
We at Jericho Writers know how important it is to spend some quality time with your significant other this Valentine’s day…and by significant other, we do of course mean your ever-dependable manuscript. After facing one another across a dimly lit table (it’s surprising how much light laptops can create), you might find that the passion you’ve been holding onto will reignite and boldly take the form of poetic prose.
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