Thursday, June 13, 2013

Looking For A Literary Agent?

Check these sites out to help you find the right literary agent:

Also consult magazines such as Writer’s Digest, The Writer Magazine, and Publishers Weekly.

Many directories can help you, such as the Literary Market Place; Jeff Herman’s Insider’s Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, and Literary Agents; and The Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR).

Curious About Speech-To-Text Devices
I see my son talking to his Nexus and then his mini tablet spits out the typed version, more or less, of what he just uttered.  How reliable are these devices and could one dictate whole books using such technology?  A recent NY Times article noted something called Dragon Dictation, a simple speech-to-text app, is free and “probably the best known.”  The paper of record also noted Paperport Notes, “a more sophisticated notes management app that can also handle embedded photos and hand-scribbled notes.”

Digital Overload
According to the NY Times (April 17), the size of the digital universe in 2020 will be 40 trillion gigabytes.  In 2005 it was just 130 billion gigabytes.  That means the online world less than eight years ago will be a three-hundredth of what it will be in less than seven years from now.

Time To Teach A Class?
If you want to offer instruction to others on a topic you write about, you can conduct a webinar or podcast or use YouTube, eHow and other sites to get a message out.  Then there are bigger companies like Udacity, CourseRA,, udemy, dec,, and CreativeLive.  You can explore how to teach courses on these sites to help sell your books, products and consulting services.

US Wealth Grows
The Great Recession is now behind us, though the recovery is slow.  But the number of millionaires is growing steadily.  In 2008, 6.7 million households were worth between one and five million – excluding the value of their primary residence. That number grew by more than 35% in just four years, to 9.2 million households.  If your book appeals to the wealthy, your customer base just exploded with growth.  

Reading Is Fundamental
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Marketer Wipes Up Ad Money
Could there be gold found in the bathroom? One upstart marketing firm in Ann Arbor, Star Toilet Paper, thinks so.  It sells ads and coupons printed on sheets of toilet paper.  Will they get paid per wipe or flush?

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2013

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