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Take Your Picture with This Guy and Win a Free Book!

[caption id="attachment_27219" align="aligncenter" width="474"] John G. at the SCWC #SCWriters[/caption]   Attendees of the Southern California Writer's Conference have the chance to win a free copy of Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro!   What  to do: Take a picture of yourself with this guy ^^ and tweet it at @KPickett_Editor.   What you'll get: The first 5 people to tweet their picture will receive a free copy of Perfect Bound shipped to their house! Everyone else gets 20% off when purchased from Hop On Publishing!   “All the resources and professional insights needed to take your book from ‘written’ to ‘published.’” --Midwest Book Review   Learn more about Perfect Bound, including reviews, a sample chapter, and author resources, at HopOnPublishing.com.   Happy Hunting!...

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30-Review Challenge

Help us reach 30 Amazon reviews by March 1 MARCH 6!   So, you've read Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro. Now you have the chance to tell the world what you really think about it. And if you do it by March 1, you can save 10% on any future editing service from me.   Follow this link to review Perfect Bound on Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Bound-Navigate-Publishing-Process/dp/0991499115/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410108724&sr=8-1&keywords=perfect+bound   Here's the deal. I want to help authors all across the country who need to better understand what it takes to publish a quality and highly marketable book. The problem is, to reach the most people, we need lots of great reviews on Amazon.   Why? Because many book marketing sites and local book festivals and national and international writing conferences decide whom to feature based...

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Copyright Tips and Tidbits: How and When to Register, How to Format Your Notice, and What Not to Do

Self-publishers, take note: While it’s true that you hold an inherent copyright to your work just for the fact that you wrote it, should anyone try to infringe on your copyright you will be best served by registering with the US Copyright Office (www.copyright.gov). That may sound intimidating, but it is actually a fairly straightforward process.   How to Register Start by going to the US Copyright Office website. The Copyright Office accepts both online and paper applications, and the applications come with easy-to-understand instructions. The filing fee (as of 2015) is $35 for online registration and $85 for hard copy.   In addition to the application and the filing fee, you will be asked to provide a copy of the “deposit” -- what the Copyright Office calls the work to be registered. If you...

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Defining Success: My Interview on Today’s Leading Women

In October I was interviewed by Marie Grace Berg of Today's Leading Women. The interview went live last week, and you can listen to it here: http://todaysleadingwomen.com/katherine-pickett/   In preparing for the interview, I was thankful I received advance notice of what we would discuss, as it gave me a chance to consider (1) what my top three tips are for those looking to start a business, (2) what new resources I would recommend, and (3) how I balance work, family, friends, and health,* among other questions.   One of the hardest questions for me to answer was, Who is your hero? I don't follow superheros nor am I enamored with Oprah or other television personalities, so I had to turn elsewhere for a role model. I finally settled on one of the leaders...

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Beta Readers Aren’t Editors; Editors Aren’t Beta Readers

If you have spent any time in the writing community over the past five to ten years, you've probably heard about beta readers. These are unpaid people who read your manuscript and give you feedback. The type, quality, and extent of feedback you receive depends on the readers you have enlisted to help you. Editors, of course, are professionally trained and educated to correct a wide range of problems in a manuscript to get it ready for publication. Although beta readers can greatly enhance the revision process, they do not replace editors. Similarly, an editor should not be thought of as a paid beta reader.   Beta Readers Are Not Editors   The feedback you get from your beta readers can be hugely helpful for identifying and resolving problems with plot, characterization, pacing, or...

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Perfect Bound for $0.99? It Must Be Christmas!

For the next 12 days, you can get Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro for 99 cents! From now until January 2, e-books are just 99 cents through our website.   At that price you could buy a copy for everyone on your shopping list and keep another for yourself. But here's a secret: You don't have to do that. Perfect Bound is shareable!     Although many e-books are DRM protected, we at Hop On think that's silly. You can share a print book, so why not an e-book? That's why we chose not to protect Perfect Bound. So share and share alike! Now isn't that the spirit of the holidays?   Sale ends January 2 and it's only good through our website, so don't delay. Get your e-book for...

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Four Kinds of Editors: In Brief

  Editors go by many different titles. Here are job descriptions of the four main types of editors you will come across, along with their alternate names and how much you can expect to pay when you hire them (based on industry averages).     Book coaches   Manuscripts in progress. Focus your writing and shape the overall direction of the book. May work with you from inception. Can guide you through the publishing process or for just a few months until you have your writing on track. Also called book shepherd.   Average rates: $100 to $300 per 1.5-hour session     Developmental editors   Very big picture. Shape the content of the book. Review organization of the book as a whole as well as organization within chapters; highlight areas that need work, need rewriting, require expansion, stray from topic. May overlap...

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Book-Publishing Talk and Signing This Saturday!

Marylanders, take note: If you missed my book launch event earlier this month, you have another chance! And this time, there's a freebie involved.   This Saturday, September 27, I will be at Novel Books (23330 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871)  speaking about Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro and the state of book publishing today.   Stop by and you could win a seat at my November workshop for you or a friend. The event starts at 10 a.m. All are welcome. I hope to see you there!   ...

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The Wrap-Up: Launching Perfect Bound

THANK YOU to everyone who made the launch of Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro such a success!  Although not everything went according to plan, we had little to complain about.   The big bang we were hoping to make on September 1 was more like the sound of a pop gun, but we made up for it on the 2nd. The publication of two meaty articles (on the websites Live Write Thrive and Publishing Perspectives) garnered us some much-appreciated attention, and at 11:30 on Wednesday night, we discovered we had hit the Amazon bestseller list for Editing Reference!   [caption id="attachment_1173" align="alignright" width="300"] Speaking at Kensington Row Bookshop, Sept 5, 2014[/caption] Two other articles that were expected to publish by then had not yet surfaced, and it turned...

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Why You Should Buy a Book at a Book Launch Instead of Online

I'm preparing for a book launch in St. Louis, and several friends have asked where they should buy the book so that it is most beneficial to me. On strictly a monetary basis, that's through the Hop On website. But for those who are going to be at the event, purchasing through the hosting bookstore is better for everyone. I'd argue this is particularly true for self-publishers. Here's why:   It shows support for the author. The people who have asked me about this, although they also want the book, are mostly trying to support me as a new author. This is accomplished no matter how the book is obtained, short of borrowing it from a friend.   It keeps the bookstore in business. I could list the many benefits of helping keep bookstores...

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