Tag: author help

  • The Combined Book Team August 4, 2015

    You wrote your novel, you’re excited to start editing but then you notice something is off: your word count is too low! Below is a guide of word count by genre as well as the “sweet spot” where your word count should ideally fall. Via the Jennifer Represents blog which can be read in full here. PICTURE BOOK: 0-1,300 words. Sweet spot: 300-550* EARLY READER: 100-2,500 words. Sweet spot: (depends on level)* CHAPTER BOOK: 4,000-13,000 words. Sweet spot: 6,000-10,000 REALISTIC MIDDLE GRADE: 25,000-60,000 words. Sweet spot: 30,000-45,000 FANTASY MIDDLE GRADE: 35,000-75,000 words. Sweet spot: 45,000-65,000 REALISTIC YA: 35,000-75,000 words. Sweet spot:…
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    The Combined Book Team December 12, 2014

    Author Signing or Event Services – CBE Authors Central Author events such as signings and book readings can be a great way to connect with readers and reach another audience. But how do you get your own author event? There are several options, whether you can spend money on a dedicated are at a major trade show or fair, or you want to set up a smaller local signing or event, there are many avenues to choose from if you know where to look. I’ve done signings at trade shows like American Library Association Annual, conventions like NY…
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    The Combined Book Team November 13, 2014

    Blog Tour – Services Back in the day, when a new book came out the author went on a multi-city book tour. That is no longer financially feasible for most new (or even mid-list) authors. Now, we have blog tours. A blog tour is virtual tour where an author promotes their book on many different blogs. Book promotions companies charge $150 to $500 for a blog tour. When it came time to promote my debut novel, The Land Uncharted, I wanted to see if I could organize a blog tour myself. Here is what I learned: It…
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