5 Tips to Hiring an Editor

5 Tips to Hiring an Editor

5 Tips for Hiring a Freelance Editor

by: Jacquelin Cangro

Freelance editors are not cut from the same cloth. Before you entrust your prose to just anyone, consider these tips for hiring a freelance editor:

 

TIP #1: Know the editor’s specialities. Not every editor can help you with any type of book. Editors may work in several genres, but most specialize. For example, I would not be a the right editor for you if you’re working on a script or with material for a highly technical textbook, but I love working with memoirs and novels. Also, some editors will happily review book proposals and query letters, while others won’t tackle these kinds of materials. An editor may be able to recommend a colleague to fit your needs.

 

TIP #2: Request a test edit. It can be expensive to hire a freelance editor. Before you do, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask for a 2-5 page test to get an idea of what you can expect in terms of notes and manuscript work.

 

TIP #3: Make sure the rates and terms are agreed upon before the work begins. Depending on the type of editing services you need, the rates are usually hourly for proofreading / content editing and standardized for query letters or book proposals. Once an experienced editor takes a look at your manuscript, she should be able to give you an estimate of how long it will take to complete the editing. This is just an estimate of course, but a good editor will communicate with you if she determines that it will take longer than expected. Most editors request that payments be made in two installments: the first 25% (or 50%) when you submit your work and the balance upon completion. If you need your pages returned in a hurry, an editor may be able to accommodate a quick turnaround for a extra rush fee.

 

TIP #4: Make sure you and your editor are on the same page (figuratively speaking). This tip is two-fold. First, understand what you need from an editor. Take some time to think about what kind of assistance would most benefit your manuscript. Is your grammar lackluster? Does the plot seem to falter around page 200? Are the character’s motivations feeling flat? Knowing where an editor should focus her energy can be especially helpful in addressing specific concerns. If you need a book proposal or synopsis review, it’s a good idea to find an editor who has written one herself (like me!) or who has experience in pitching them (such as a literary agent-turned-editor). Second, find an editor with whom you have a connection. This isn’t to say that you and your editor need to be best friends, but you are likely turning over work that is very precious to you. You’ve spent hours upon hours writing it, fretting over it, and tweaking it just so. You and your editor should be on the same team. That leads me to…

 

TIP #5: Be prepared for honesty. Even though you’re teammates, your editor’s job is to be truthful (and blunt when necessary) when it comes to your work. If it’s not ready for publication or an agent, she should tell you so. You’re paying for an honest evaluation of the work that needs to be done to make your manuscript the best it can be. That said, comments should never be mean-spirited. Also, keep in mind that it’s not your editor’s job to rewrite your pages. For example, if your editor suggests that the character of Sally is flat, she may provide suggestions on how to make Sally a more well-rounded character, but she won’t reinvent Sally for you. As the author, that’s your domain.

 

If you have questions or would like to inquire about hiring Jacquelin Cangro to edit your manuscript, please use the contact form here to get in touch.  Or call Elite 1(832) 572-5285 to get access to our Ghostwriters & Editors.

It’s a Writer’s Market: Digital platforms have emerged

It’s a Writer’s Market: Digital platforms have emerged

It’s a Writer’s Market

Digital platforms have emerged to serve midlist authors.

Bloomberg Businessweek
May 26, 2016 — 1:56 PM MDT
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For Greg White, the last straw came when his publisher forgot to ship copies of his book to the launch party last October. It was just one in a series of lost marketing opportunities, says White, co-host of the Food Network show Unique Sweets. So he decided to take his book back. After getting his contract canceled, he turned to the editorial marketplace Reedsy to redesign The Pink Marine, his memoir about life as a gay serviceman. The author, who lives in Santa Monica, Calif., formed his own imprint, AboutFace Books, and cut a distribution deal with Ingram Content Group. “Five years ago, self-publishing was a scar,” White says. “Now it’s a tattoo.”

A new generation of online editorial services and self-publishing platforms is fueling that change in perception. The upstarts offer skills and services that used to be available only through traditional publishing, plus favorable royalty splits. They also allow authors to retain the copyright to their work. The array of offerings is spurring some writers to leave their publishing houses—particularly midlist authors whose books receive scant marketing support. Some are also using the new services to put out e-book versions of their out-of-print titles.

Janice Graham used Amazon.com’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform to release digital versions of her five novels, including 1998’s Firebird, a New York Times best-seller. For a novel in progress, she hired an editor through Reedsy and plans to self-publish unless a publisher offers her a good deal. “I’m not so interested in the prestige of being published by a traditional publisher at this point,” says Graham, who lives in Florence, Italy. “What I’m interested in is maximizing sales.”

Reedsy is a community of about 450 handpicked publishing professionals available for hire. The two-year-old London-based company offers software that allows authors to collaborate with editors without having to e-mail manuscripts back and forth. Reedsy co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Nataf says he had an epiphany when he got his first Amazon Kindle e-reader: “The barriers to publishing had been removed.”

Self-published titles account for almost half of all e-book purchases in Amazon’s Kindle store, while e-books from the five largest publishers represent just a quarter, according to the website AuthorEarnings. Still, demand for digital titles has weakened somewhat: E-book purchases—which average $4.95, compared with about $15 for trade paperbacks—peaked in 2014, when they made up 36 percent of the publishing market. They’ve since declined, as consumers with digital fatigue return to print, according to Peter Hildick-Smith, founder of Codex-Group, a consulting firm in New York City. “I believe the market is now in more of a steady state,” he says.

To compete against traditional publishers, self-publishing platforms target specific niches and offer authors terms their old-line competitors can’t match. Pronoun, formed last year by a merger of three companies, is free for authors to use, distributes their e-books to Amazon and other online retailers, and doesn’t take a cut of their sales. (Traditional publishers typically keep 75 percent of an e-book’s net profit.) Pronoun only negotiates revenue-sharing agreements with authors who use its editorial and marketing support. “Where publishers make guesses, we run the numbers,” says Josh Brody, CEO of Pronoun, based in New York City. “We apply advanced data science and analytics to help authors price their book competitively, get it into retailer categories that provide the highest visibility, and tag their books so they show up in the most popular and relevant reader searches.” (Pronoun was acquired by Macmillan Publishers for an undisclosed sum after this article went to press.)

Leanpub gives technology writers the ability to publish in-progress works. That way, they get feedback from readers and earn royalties while they’re writing. The company, in Victoria, B.C., takes a 10 percent cut plus 50¢ on each sale through its online store. “If you’re writing about an area that changes quickly, your only hope of being relevant is to publish quickly,” says Leanpub co-founder and author Peter Armstrong.

Meredith Wild, an author of erotic fiction based in Destin, Fla., snagged a $6.25 million advance from Grand Central Publishing’s Forever imprint last year for five novels—four of which she’d already self-published. Forever had sold about 500,000 copies of the books through January, compared with 1.5 million Wild sold before the deal through her own aggressive marketing. That differential is one reason she’s gone back to publishing her work—along with that of other writers in the genre—under the imprint Waterhouse Press, which she started in 2014. “It’s more of a personal investment of time and money to have my own team,” she says, “but at the end of the day, I like being able to call my own shots.”

Self-publishing isn’t for everyone. “It’s definitely like running your own business, and not everyone is up for that,” says the author, who uses the e-book creation software Vellum. “For those who are, it’s a great way to publish on your own terms.”

The bottom line: A number of self-publishing platforms are wooing established authors by rewriting the industry’s contract terms.

Amazon now allows creators to post content on its platform

Amazon now allows creators to post content on its platform

NEW YORK — First Amazon launched its own monthly video streaming service — separate from Prime — to rival Netflix.

Now it’s taking on YouTube with the launch of a new “self-service program for creators and storytellers to make their video content available to Amazon customers.”

NEW YORK — First Amazon launched its own monthly video streaming service — separate from Prime — to rival Netflix.

Now it’s taking on YouTube with the launch of a new “self-service program for creators and storytellers to make their video content available to Amazon customers.”

Amazon Video Direct (AVD), which launches Tuesday, gives creators the opportunity to earn royalties based on minutes streamed.

“It’s an amazing time to be a content creator,” Jim Freeman, Vice President of Amazon Video, said in a statement. “There are more options for distribution than ever before and with Amazon Video Direct, for the first time, there’s a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service.”

 

That uploaded content will be available to Amazon Prime’s tens of millions of members. The platform is currently available in the United States, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom and Japan.

Videos can be made available to rent or own, to view free with ads, or packaged together and offered as an add-on subscription, Amazon said in its release.

At a glance, the list of perks is similar to YouTube’s.


A handful of entertainment companies, news publishers and brands — including Mashable, Conde Nast Entertainment, HowStuffWorks, Samuel Goldwyn Films, the Guardian, Mattel, StyleHaul, Kin Community, Jash, Business Insider, Machinima, TYT Network, Baby Einstein, CJ Entertainment America, Xive TV, Synergetic Distribution, Kino Nation, Journeyman Pictures and Pro Guitar Lessons — have already partnered up with Amazon to test out the new offering.

Also launching Tuesday is the “AVD Stars program.”

This gives creators a monthly bonus from a $1 million fund based on the top 100 AVD titles offered in Prime Video.

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Where do you Self Publish Your Books?

Where do you Self Publish Your Books?

In order to see your book all over the web, you should publish your book for Print and Ebook!
We use Createspace for our Book Distribution!

Expanded Distribution offers you the opportunity to access a larger audience through more online retailers, bookstores, libraries, academic institutions, and distributors within the United States. Expanded Distribution will also improve discoverability of your book across all the channels. Regardless of whether or not you include your title in Expanded Distribution, all CreateSpace titles can be distributed through the Amazon.com, Amazon Europe and eStore channels.

How does it work?

Most online retailers, bookstores, and libraries find books through purchasing relationships with large distributors. If your book is not listed with these distributors, some retailers may not be able to buy your book, even if a customer specifically requests your title. Through Expanded Distribution you can distribute and make your title available for order (this does not guarantee that your book will actually be ordered) through the following channels:

  • Bookstores and Online Retailers – make your book available to online and offline retailers such as Barnes & Noble and to distributors such as Ingram and NACSCORP.
  • Libraries and Academic Institutions – make your book available through Baker & Taylor to libraries and academic institutions.
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CreateSpace is always looking for ways to improve the distribution opportunities for our members so, from time to time, we may add or change the channels available through Expanded Distribution.

To publish your book as an ebook we publish it to the following:

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iBooks (for iPad)

Sell your eBook on Apple’s iBooks, the premier eBook destination for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch owners in over 50 countries around the globe. Readers can purchase your eBook through the iBooks app, available for free through iTunes.

Amazon (for Kindle)

Reach millions of readers by publishing in Amazon’s Kindle store. Amazon is the largest online retailer in the world and the Kindle is by far the most popular eReader on the market. Your eBook will be available for sale in just a few days, and able to be enjoyed on the Kindle and many other readers through the Kindle reader app.

Barnes & Noble (for NOOK)

Barnes & Noble is the largest retail book retail chain in the United States, with over 650 bookstores throughout the country plus another 700 college bookstores. Your eBook will be available on their website BN.com and easily purchased by millions of NOOK owners around the world.

Kobo

Publish your book in the Kobo eBook store and get additional distribution in 12 more major international outlets including WH Smith (UK), Libris (NL) and BookWorld (AUS). Kobo owns about 20% of the worldwide eBook market, behind only Amazon, and is the leading eBook retailer in many countries, including Canada and Japan.

Copia

Sell your book on Copia and its growing list international eBook website. Powered by new stores including BookTique (Singapore) and Submarino Digital (Brazil), Copia allows customers to add comments to eBooks that can be read by the Copia community for a truly unique and social reading experience. Copia customers can also join or start group conversations about the books they’re reading.

Gardners Books

Want to find readers in the European Community? Sell your eBook on Gardners Books, Britain’s leading book, DVD, Blu-ray, and music CD wholesaler. Gardners’ network partner (Hive.uk.co) distributes your eBooks to an additional 80+ retail outlets including Tesco (UK) MIBOOK (Denmark), and LAIE (Spain). Gardners also provides an eBook lending model UK libraries.

Baker & Taylor

Baker & Taylor is a leading distributor of books, videos, and music products to more than 36,000 libraries, institutions and retailers in more than 120 countries. Through its own retail outlet BLIO plus 3 manufactuer stores including Dell, HP, Toshiba, T-mobile and Intel, your eBook will be available alongside 1.5 million other titles, from current hits to time-honored classics.

eSentral

Authors are finding great new audiences in emerging eBook markets and publishing on eSentral means your book will be available for sale in three of the largest eBook stores in Southeast Asia. eSentral has eBook stores in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, and will be expanding in more countries in Southeast Asia soon.

Scribd

Scribd has been called “the Netflix for books.” Their cloud-based catalog includes stories, essays, academic papers, and books from nearly 1,000 publishers, worldwide. Your book will be available to Scribd users via direct purchase or through their new monthly subscription model.

Ciando

Ciando is one of the leading eBook retailers in Germany , now offering distribution through 5 websites, 60 regional libraries and direct relationship with over 1300 German bookstores. Ciando has been selling “books by download” since 2000, long before the eBook revolution — and they’ve remained at the forefront of digital book retail ever since. Ciando’s catalog consists of over 800,000 eBooks, from thousands of publishers worldwide.

NEW! EBSCO

Through BookBaby’s partnership with EBSCO, your eBook will be available to libraries and research institutions around the globe. As the world’s largest intermediary between libraries and publishers, EBSCO will help you expand the reach of your eBook content.

NEW! Vearsa

Vearsa blazes new trails for  NEW authors. Within a few weeks of publishing, your eBook will be available in 23 major regional eBook retail outlets across a wide variety of territory and genre-specific stores including Waterstones (UK), eChristian (Intl.) and eBooks.com (Intl.) with more stores and libraries added in the coming months.

Elite will help you self publish your book all over the web and in Stores – Contact them today at 1(832) 572-5285

BOOK WRITING WORKSHOP in TX and UT

BOOK WRITING WORKSHOP in TX and UT

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Every author has a great story they’re trying to tell

Every author has a great story they’re trying to tell

Every author has a great story they’re trying to tell

One is Josh Evans a sales executive and entrepreneur. His recent book, Enthusiastic YOU!: Rediscover Your Passion & Energy: Tools For Success in Your Daily Life is getting

5 star reviews on Amazon. Josh could easily have gone the traditional publishing route. However he chose Elite Online Publishing because of the flexibility he found in choosing the publishing package that fits his needs.

Elite Online Publishing’s book publishing methods gives authors control of the publishing process to carry out their unique vision for their book.

What options are right for your book?

  • Learn what features are standard with all of our publishing packages
  • Compare benefits across all four of Elite Online Publishing’s all-inclusive packages
  • Consider what level of editorial, marketing and distribution support you need for your book

All of these packages include a number of standard features you won’t find with many other publishers.
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• Access to Special Elite Author Marketing & Promotional packages
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  • Creating & Writing your Book (6 one on one sessions of Strategy and Writing Your Book)
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New Journals to Pair with our Story Starters

New Journals to Pair with our Story Starters

Story Starter Journals

We now have journals to pair and use with our story starters.

 

 

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Welcome to your journal to record memories and thoughts about your childhood years, teen years, young adulthood, and later years to help track your life story and leave a legacy. This journal is a place to preserve memories and discovers hidden aspects of yourself and your journey that will encourage and inspire others with your stories. This journal was created to work in tandem with the workbook How to Write Your Life Story and Leave a Legacy: A Story Starter Guide & Workbook to Write your Autobiography and Memoir. By Jenn Foster and Melanie Johnson

Success Journal & Story Starter

Welcome to your journal to record your goals, motivation, planning, and lessons from mentors that helped your journey of your accomplishment and success. This journal offers an excellent means to preserve memories and discover hidden aspects of yourself and your journey. This journal was created to work in tandem with the workbook How To Write Your Story of Accomplishment And Personal Success: A Story Starter Guide & Workbook to Write & Record Your Business or Personal Goals & Achievements. By Jenn Foster and Melanie Johnson.

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New Book Release – The Minority and Woman-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts

New Book Release – The Minority and Woman-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts

LINDARAWSONBOOK3DIntroducing the NEW BOOK by Linda Rawson!  The Minority and Woman-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started takes the complication out of getting started in government contracting when you are a small business. Don’t learn the hard way and utilize the steps outlined in this book to navigate through the massive amount of paperwork.

The author, Linda Rawson, CEO, and Founder of DynaGrace Enterprises started her company initially called Sensory Technology Consultants, in 2006. DynaGrace Enterprises (DGE) is 100 percent Women-Owned Small Business and is SBA 8(a) certified and has done over $1 billion dollars of DoD government contracts. Linda shares her knowledge of government contracting to help you get started.

In this book you will learn:

• Why you would consider obtaining government contracts to help your business be profitable
• How to get started in government contracting including government systems that you need to register on
• How to correctly set up your accounting system to ensure proper classification of revenue and expenses
• How to apply for and obtain socioeconomic status to get government contract set-asides
• Documented examples of how to search for government work with step-by-step instructions
• How to market the federal government including marketing artifacts and social media strategies
• A brief overview of how to respond to government contracting opportunities
• Some excellent human resource tips

The Minority and Woman-Owned Small Business Guide to Government Contracts: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started helps you understand the steps required to begin obtaining government contracts.

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editor big sexy wordsLinda Rawson, CEO, and Founder of DynaGrace Enterprises started her company initially called Sensory Technology Consultants, in 2006. DynaGrace Enterprises (DGE) is 100 percent Women-Owned Small Business and is SBA 8(a) certified and has done over several billion dollars of DoD government contracts.

Linda was born in a small farming community in Utah and raised by a single mom raising five children. Of her family, Linda is the only one to dream of owning her own business and the only one to have pursued higher education, thus breaking from the family mold and becoming a success in the business world. She has exceeded expectations and never let various challenges and obstacles associated with being a woman impede upon her path to success.

Although very passionate about what she does she is often accused being a workaholic. She finds balance in her life by being very close to her family and spends time with them as much as possible. She also finds pleasure in life by traveling and participating in outdoor activities.

Today DGE is thriving multi-million dollar business, and Linda chooses to share her knowledge and experience with other entrepreneurs.

Follow Linda at:

Web: www.LindaRawson.com
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Linda Rawson is available to speak at your events and consult with you or your company. Contact her today!

New Book Release – Life Story Starter

New Book Release – Life Story Starter

New Story Starter Released Today on Amazon.com Write your Life Story by answering the questions in this book.

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How to Write Your Life Story and Leave a Legacy: A Story Starter Guide & Workbook to Write your Autobiography and Memoir (Elite Story Starter 2)

With over 50 guided questions organized into sections about your childhood years, teen years, young adulthood, and later years to help track your life story and leave a legacy. This journal offers an excellent means to preserve memories and discovers hidden aspects of yourself and your journey. Here is the tool to help you write your life history, to encourage and inspire others with your stories.

 

What Being A “Bestselling Author” Really Means

What Being A “Bestselling Author” Really Means

There’s a big difference between being an author and being a bestselling author. Whether you are a business owner, a speaker, or a full-time author, being able to call yourself a bestseller dramatically increases your credibility. But what does that really mean?

To become a bestseller, you must appear on a bestseller list. Of course, The New York Times is one of the most famous of these lists, but there are many others, including: ABA IndieBound (ABA), The New York Times (NYT), Barnes & Noble (BAN), Publishers Weekly (PBW), The Boston Globe (BOG), USA Today(USA), The Denver Post (DPO), The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), The Los Angeles Times (LAT), WalMart.com (WAL), BN.com, and Amazon.com.

To draw from a personal example, some of my books have been on the Top 100 Amazon Bestselling Teen List and the Top 100 Amazon Bestselling Hot Releases in Teens. One of my books has a ranking in the 300 range for overall books sold on Amazon, while three have been in the 400s out of over 1 million books. (For more details, here is a complete breakdown of my Amazon bestsellers.)

What does this mean? It means that my books, because of the rankings they received at one point on Amazon, were popular enough to be on the bestseller list. For a book to rank #300 on the overall Amazon ranking means that, out of over 1 million books on Amazon, only 299 sold more copies.

However, the New York Times bestseller list is different. Not to better or worse…just different. It’s a different metrics system. No one knows exactly how this is compiled, but large publishers know certain things about getting onto the list, and that’s why you find many of the large publishers’ books on there. It is a well-known fact among publishers that the New York Times gets its book sales data from a scattered few bookstores (like the Nielsen’s) and it doesn’t take into account the actual sales of the books (which Amazon.com does in order to rank), but how many books were shipped to these particular sampling of stores in anticipation of sales.

The New York Times list heavily counts sales in select brick-and-mortar stores, so if your books aren’t in these particular bookstores, then chances of making the New York Times bestseller list are minimal. And being not as comprehensive as Amazon.com in the amount of titles overall (typically brick-and-mortar bookstores can only carry within each store itself on the average 175,000 titles) versus the 1 million plus titles Amazon.com carries, these brick-and-mortar bookstores are not able to carry all book titles to compare sales. Just last year, the New York Times began counting online sales along with books that are in brick-and-mortar. According to certain publishers and industry insiders, it takes about 20,000 books ordered during a week at these select bookstores to have a chance at the New York Times bestseller list. Savvy publishers, usually the top ones, know which bookstores. The rest of us have to guess. However, to many authors, including myself, who have sold well over 20,000 books (for me, just the Frost Series alone was over 20,000) on Amazon alone, that is a surprisingly low number. It’s nothing to sneeze about, but when you think New York Times, you typically think the book must have sold more than anyone else in all avenues, including the number one book on Amazon.

Another important difference is in the timing, as the New York Times compiles their list based on a week’s performance of a book, while the Amazon list is compiled by the hour.

Does being on Amazon.com’s bestselling list actually mean you are selling more than being on a New York Times list?

In some cases, yes. It boils down to Actual Sales (Amazon.com) vs.Anticipated Sales from select bookstores (New York Times).

While it is wonderful and prestigious to be called a New York Times bestselling author, and I applaud any author who does become one, it doesn’t mean that authors on other bestselling lists are not bestselling authors as well.

It simply means their books did not ship enough or fast enough to one of the bookstores The New York Times pulls data from.

John Locke and Amanda Hockings sold over a million books on Amazon.com. While John Locke made the New York Times list (he had the #1 bestselling book, Saving Rachel, for weeks on Amazon.com, and the rest of his series were bestsellers, he made the New York Times list, too. He also had paperback books out in stores, which can explain why he made the list). Amanda Hockings is an Amazon.com bestselling author, who did not make the New York Times bestselling list (despite selling over a million books. I know a lot of New York Times bestselling authors who are friends, and they didn’t come close to selling 1 million books like Amanda Hockings did).

So you see, the New York Times list is not always a reliable indicator of book sales.

The publishing and book world are facing some changes and challenges these days. Amazon.com is thriving. Bookstores are closing, which is very sad for many of us who grew up with a bookstore in every neighborhood.

Perhaps those who have a bias against Amazon.com and BN.com should rethink that bias and realize Amazon.com and BN.com are doing something right in this new age of publishing and reading. Savvy literary agents and publishers realize when scouting for their next big author star to look towards Amazon’s self-published authors. Amanda Hocking was discovered that way, as well as Colleen Houck, whose Tiger’s Curse books were Amazon bestsellers.

A lesson learned from watching and observing bestseller lists for anyone, including those who are writing non-fiction business books, is to take what you read, including New York Times lists with a grain of salt, as opposed to other lists.

But of course, if my books or any of my friends’ books make the New York Times bestseller list or the Amazon lists, it’s a cause for celebration.

 

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