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As President and Founder of one of New York's most successful literary agencies, Langtons International Agency, I have recently developed Book Marketing International to help writers navigate through the changing world of the publishing industry. 
 
Book Marketing International can help you develop your ideas into a finished book by guiding you through the editing, publishing, and marketing process.
 
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Company News
2013 Highlights
Guidelines for Authors
Industry News
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December 13, 2013
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 

We would like to thank you for your interest in reading our newsletter and for your valuable feedback.  We really appreciate hearing from you.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a joy-filled Holiday Season and a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. We look forward to seeing you again in the new year!

Highlights of Our Year

Langtons International Agency and Book Marketing International have had a great year! Thank you to all who have supported us during 2013! 

 
This year has been full of achievements! We have had an author's book nominated for the National Jewish Book Award--Menachem Begin: A Life (Yale University Press, 2012).  We have had seven books published by commercial publishers this year, and in the latter part of 2013 we designed and produced six self-published books with two more in production for 2014.  Langtons International Agency contracted over a dozen new authors and have film and TV interest in three True Crime titles, two of which have been on Amazon's Best Seller List since their release.  
We are incredibly proud of the success of our authors, and we look forward to an even better year going forward! 

Use Your Holiday Vacation to Work on Your Book!

Let this time be an inspiration to move forward with your book. Whether it's a novel for the commercial publishers, a business book or a memoir for self-publishing, this is a great opportunity to take your project to the next stage. Let us help you with some simple editing and publishing tips. 

 

Editing Tip: Are Your Adverbs Telling, Not Showing?

One of the things we always tell our authors when reviewing their manuscripts is make sure your book "shows" the reader your story instead of "telling" it. An easy way to help fix this problem is to get rid of adverbs. 

Here is an example of what exchanging your adverbs for action could look like:

She flung her arms around her sister, almost knocking her to the ground. "I'm getting married!"

-------instead of-------- 

"I'm getting married!" she said excitedly.  


Consider the Avenue of Self-Publishing For Your Book

The self-publishing industry has grown exponentially over the last few years. But what makes the choice to self-publish the right one for you?

1. If your book is too narrow in interest for commercial publishing.

2. If you have a specific, limited, or niche market that you know exactly how to reach.

3. If you need to get your book into the market quickly--self-publishing can be completed in as little as two weeks, whereas commercial publishing can take up to nine months.

4. The ability to choose your front cover and layout of your book.

5. You keep 100% of the royalties.

Whether you self-publish or commercially publish your book, you must build your own platform to gather followers and readers and be prepared to market your book yourself.

Industry News 

National Library of Norway to Digitize Every Norwegian Book

The National Library of Norway is digitizing their entire holdings, even copyrighted works, over the next ten years.  Will America soon follow suit? More Information.  

Baker & Taylor to Deliver Simon & Schuster Imprints to Classrooms  

The Axis 360 platform allows students to borrow and read ebooks and audiobooks of award-winning Simon & Schuster titles.  More Information. 

25 of Top 100 Kindle Books on Amazon Are Self-Published Authors

Victory for start-up authors in Amazon's latest statistics release.  A quarter of leading Kindle titles are "indies" - and those titles are now equally billed alongside leading publishing houses.  More Information.
 Upcoming Events 

Taran Killam Book Signing, Monday, December 16 at 12pm at Midtown Comics, Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 

Meet Taran Killam, star of Saturday Night Live, and get your copy of The Illegitimates signed. More Information

NY Writers Coalition Drop-In Workshop, Monday, December 23 at 3:00pm at Central Library - Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY

Free community workshop for writers of all genres to get friendly feedback.  All levels of experience welcome.  More Information.

Thank You for Reading, and Happy Holidays!

 Linda Langton, President.
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