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Book Marketing International is the Number One consultancy for book publishing. 

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.
 
I truly believe that everyone has a book inside them and we are here to help and encourage to make that book a reality.
 
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Guidelines for Authors
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November 15, 2013
Company News
  
Welcome, Joe Edd Morris, Ken McAdams and Synthia Andrews to Langtons International Agency!

Linda extends a warm welcome to Joe Edd Morris, author of Return to Freedom Summer, a novel about the relationship between three children, one white and two black, who bond in the fifties. They are split up by forces beyond their control, and ten years later, they find themselves strangely reunited in "The Movement" in Mississippi in 1964 and at the center of two grizzly murders.

Joe Edd Morris is the author of the award-winning novel, Land Where my Fathers Died (Context Books, May 2002), and his short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is a retired United Methodist minister and currently spends him time writing, divided between Lake Junaluska, North Carolina and Tupelo, Mississippi.  

 

Linda would also like to welcome Ken McAdams, author of Grand Deceptions! This novel, which is based on real events, answers the question of why President John F. Kennedy was shot in November of 1963. Grand Deceptions explores the vast network of corruption in Washington, DC and fills the void of the "why" and "who" of the Kennedy assassination. 

Ken McAdams is a Yale University graduate and was a Chief Pilot of two Pan Am divisions after he qualified as a Marine Corps jet fighter pilot. He is also a published author of Bon Courage (Moyer Bell, June 2010). He is married to the celebrated painter, Marian Bingham, and they live in Greenwich, Connecticut. 

 

Linda also warmly welcomes Synthia Andrews, author of
Dreaming Bluea middle grade novel based on a young girl who moves to rural Michigan. The book follows Corey's friendship with Blue, a broken down, dirty grey defeated horse. Corey discovers many of the town's mysteries, and she and Blue work together to heal old wounds and prove to themselves, and the world, that they are indeed "more than just their circumstances."
Synthia is a licensed Naturopathic Physician and energy intuitive. She is the published author and co-author of six non-fiction books on spirituality, consciousness and the paranormal. She currently resides on a small farm in rural Connecticut with her husband and two horses.  
Spotlight On Our Authors 

New Book Release, November 11, 2013!

Invisible Killer: The Monster Behind the Mask

by Diana Montane and Sean Robbins (TitleTown Publishing) is now available! This incredible book is the true story of the gruesome crimes committed by serial killer, Charlie Brandt, spanning over twenty years. The book has already reached #4 on Amazon's Hot New Releases and continues to climb! Find your copy here.
Co-author Sean Robbins was also featured in the Dayton Beach News Journal, which covers more about the book release. For the full article, click here

 

Heroes to Heroes Featured on Fox News!

Heroes to Heroes is an organization started by Judy Schaffer, which takes veterans suffering from PTSD to Israel where they connect with other soldiers and learn how to recover. Judy Schaffer teamed up with Margaret Price, and together they wrote Brother Soldier, which covers the incredible journey of these soldiers who have fought for our freedoms. 
Heroes to Heroes was recently spotlighted on Fox News. To view the full video and to learn more about this organization, click here. Langtons International Agency has the privilege of being the agent for Brother Soldier.
 
Allen Baron Featured on Filmmaker Magazine!
Allen Baron's new memoir, Blast of Silence, self-published through Book Marketing International, has been featured on Filmmaker Magazine! In this article, Allen shares how he was a high school drop out taxi driver in New York and then two years later found himself driving through 20th Century Fox Studios. To learn more about his outstanding career and to read the full article, click here.  The Filmmaker Magazine article was immediately picked up by Studio Systems News and was featured as their number one article! 
Allen wrote, directed, and starred in the 1960s film noir, Blast of Silence, which upon the DVD release in 2008, the New York Times said it, "Stands out for its elemental style and relentlessly bleak vision." Congratulations, Allen.
 

Praise From Our Authors

Thank you, Ian Greenleigh, author of The Social Media Side Door: How Social Media Has Rewritten the Rules of Access and Influence (McGraw Hill, September 2013) for your kind words! 
"I was thrilled with the quick response Linda was able to get from top-tier publishers, and by the fact that she was able to generate enough interest to trigger an auction among them within a week of sending out my book. Her guidance during the negotiation phase was similarly valuable, as is the support she's lending me now, as I complete my manuscript and move on to the marketing phase of my book release." To find your own copy of Ian's book, click here. 

What It Means to Build a Platform

 

If you have any publishing industry experience, you've heard the word "platform" many times. Publishers aren't buying books, they're buying platforms. But what does that mean exactly? Let us help. 

 

A platform can consist of:

1. The size of your email list

2. Your media exposure

3. Your public speaking experience

4. How much traffic you get on your website or blog

5. Existing client or customer base

6. Your social media

7. Having promotional partners 

 

Platforms are important if you are commercially publishing your book, since publishing houses' marketing budgets are limited, authors are expected to be their own primary promoters. But they are also extremely important if you decide to self-publish, since you will be your own driving force behind your sales. And the time to start is now! By the time you finish your book, you want to have your platform already in place. Buy a URL, make connections, and start building! 

Industry News 

Tweeting Photos Enhancing Traffic for Publications

Twitter's new design aims to capitalize on Instagram and Pinterest's popularity.  Multiple publications seeing increased traffic and user engagement when tweets include art or photographs. More Information.  

Amazon Now Offering Personalized Kindles  

Amazon launches a new service to customize your Kindle, with a huge array of stock images, exclusive designs, film and television graphics, and the ability to upload or create your own unique cover.  More Information. 
Google Wins Book-Scanning Legal Battle 
Long-running courtroom drama results in judge declaring book-scanning fair use due to its "highly transformative" nature. Appeals likely to continue. More Information.
 Upcoming Events 

Shakespeare's Othello Reading, Saturday, November 16 at 11am at the Hudson Park Branch of the New York Public Library, New York, NY 

Come enjoy the reading of Shakepeare's Othello, performed at the New York Public Library on Saturday. Admission is free. More Information

Tribute to C.P. Cavafy, November 18 at 7:30pm at The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St, New York, NY

PEN American Center presents A Tribute to C.P. Cavafy, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth!  More Information.

Happy Birthday, Mark Twain, November 30th!

Happy birthday to Mark Twain on November 30th!  He would have celebrated his 178th birthday! Born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, legendary Mark Twain wrote Tom Sawyer and The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn, as well as many short-stories. 

Thank You for Reading!

 Linda Langton, President.
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