Archives: Novels

Marketing your book is almost as vital to your success as writing it. Unfortunately, adequate marketing practices often come at an unfriendly price if not backed by a publishing house with a big budget.  Luckily, an industrious few have begun to investigate new ways to spread the word about their work and reduce personal expenses.

PubSlush, a startup modeled after Kickstarter (but for books only), aims to help self-published authors achieve the financial resources to get their projects off the ground. (Another up-and-comer to watch is Publishizer.) Today, Pubslush’s Development Director, Justine Schofield, shares a few star examples of crowdfunding campaigns, with some takeaways for how other writers can use the model successfully.

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Today we are announcing the publication of a heartbreaking, morally provocative, and finally optimistic new novel by internationally renowned author Douglas Kennedy. Already a bestseller in England and Ireland, you can see a full summary of FIVE DAYS below. For those who read it, in book clubs or independently, we’re eager to hear what you think!

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“With FIVE DAYS, Douglas Kennedy has crafted a brilliant meditation on regret, fidelity, family, and second chances that will have you breathlessly turning pages to find out what happened in the past and what will happen next. At once heartbreaking and hopeful, it is a powerful new work of fiction by an internationally acclaimed writer at the height of his powers.”

— Will Schwalbe, author of THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB

Laura spends her days looking at other people’s potential calamities. She works in the radiography unit of a small hospital on the Maine coast, bearing constant witness to the fears of patient after frightened patient. In a job where finding nothing is always the best possible outcome, she is well versed in the random injustices of life, a truism that has lately been playing out in her marriage as well. Since being downsized, her husband, Dan, has become withdrawn, his emotional distance gradually corroding their relationship. With a son in college and a daughter soon due to leave home, Laura has begun to fear that the marital sounds of silence will only deepen once the nest is truly empty.

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ON SHELVES NOW

Nichole isn’t just a lovely and generous person – she runs Beyond the Margins, a great books community and promotional avenue for fellow writers – she’s also the author of this novel, which on the basis of the jacket alone, made us want to run to the beach with it. That is, if a beach were anywhere in the cards for this August.

Just know that it’s not purely a “beach read,” but smarter and more literary, with more depth, that lovers of Claire Messud (whose Emperor’s Children was also set against a post 9-11 backdrop) to Allison Winn Scotch will enjoy. Maybe even a little Elizabeth Strout inspired. Here’s a short synopsis:

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There’s a question authors ask, around which there’s alot of hype and not alot of clarity: “What can I expect for my book advance?

It’s a perfectly reasonable question to ask an agent after several conversations and a verbally understood agreement of representation; not recommended to ask upon preliminary conversation.

Why should an author be cautioned against asking this question at the get go, however important it is to know?
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 I’ve just started a series called Book Jacket of the Week. Every week, I’ll pick something that catches my eye, and you can comment if you agree or disagree. Here is the first: do you recognize it?

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