Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The World's Top-Earning Authors

Do you wonder sometimes how much money really successful authors make? So does the staff at Forbes, and once a year, they try to figure it out… Brian
, Forbes magazine, Sept 8, 2014. 
Watch out Danielle Steel and Stephen King – the kids are coming. The world’s top-earning authors list includes three newcomers who made more than $9 million each in the last year  and were born after 1970. 
In a ranking long-dominated by stalwarts like crime writer James Patterson (b. 1947) and romance author Nora Roberts (b. 1950), these fresh ink spillers, two of whom write young adult fiction, rank thanks to the increasing commercial appeal of teen literature for readers of all ages.
Young adult author Veronica Roth‘s ranks 6th on account of her Divergent trilogy which sold a combined 6.7 million copies in 2013, earning her around $17 million from print and ebook sales between June 2013 and June 2014. She also benefited from the book’s 2014 film adaption, which grossed $270 million at the global box office. At just 26, Roth is the youngest newcomer on the ranking, and one of seven women on the 17-person list.
37-year-old newcomer John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars propelled him to an estimated $9 million yearly paycheck before taxes and fees. The YA love story, which follows the trials of two cancer-stricken teens, has sold well over 1 million copies in the U.S. and spawned a weepy summer blockbuster.
{Actually in the first half of 2014, The Fault in Our Stars sold 4 million copies in the States, plus he sold 1.45 million copies of his earlier books, so Green is doing even better than Forbes thinks he is.}
And here’s the list of this year’s top-earning authors:
James Patterson $90 million
Dan Brown $28 million
Nora Roberts $23 million
Danielle Steel $22 million
Janet Evanovich $20 million
Jeff Kinney $17 million
Veronica Roth $17 million
John Grisham $17 million
Stephen King $17 million
Suzanne Collins $16 million
JK Rowling $14 million
George R.R. Martin $12 million
David Baldacci $11 million
Rick Riordan $10 million
El James $10 million
Gillian Flynn $9 million
John Green $9 million
 
Kelley Armstrong
P.S. I’m leading “How to Write a Bestseller” workshops with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong on Saturday, Nov 22, in Burlington (see here) and Saturday, Dec 6, in London (see here). And I have “Writing for Children & for Young Adults"workshop on Saturday, Nov 8, in Guelph (see here).

 See my full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Literary agents Genevieve Nine and Katie Reed of Andrea Hurst & Associates seek YA and MG fiction and fiction and nonficiton for adults

Andrea Hurst & Associates

At Andrea Hurst & Associates, Genevieve Nine has recently been promoted to agent and is seeking new authors. Her tastes are eclectic, ranging from the classics to quirky. She’s drawn to the fantastic, the curious, and the unexpected. 

Genevieve is looking to represent authors who weave layered tales with well-developed worlds and characters who threaten to burst from the page. She appreciates smart and original plots with well-crafted twists. And no matter how zany or diabolical, every character should be undeniably human at heart.

Genevieve joined Andrea Hurst Literary Management as an intern in 2012. She has a background in professional editing and gets great satisfaction from developing authors. She’s a Creative Writing MFA candidate at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, holds a Certificate in Children’s Writing from the University of Washington, and graduated with honors and a B.A. from the USC School of Cinema & Television. 

Genevieve’s primary focus is young adult and middle grade fiction.
She’s looking to acquire: 
  • Fantasy (open to all subgenres except game-related)
  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Historical Fiction
  • Retellings (classics, fairy/folk tale, myth)
  • Contemporary Realism (especially with elements of humor) 
She also represents the following adult and new adult categories:
  • Mystery (detective/PI, amateur, cozy, historical, comic, caper)
  • Thriller (supernatural, historical, disaster, ecological)
  • Gothic/Hauntings/Quiet Horror
  • Historical Fiction
  • Retellings (classics, fairy/folk tale, myth)
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Magical Realism
  • Food Memoir
  • Travelogue/Travel Memoir 
Query Genevieve at: querygenevieve@andreahurst.com
Include “Query: Book Title” in the email’s subject line and paste the first ten pages of manuscript below your query.

Katie Reed is also looking for authors. Katie represents all areas of young adult and adult fiction and nonfiction, with a special interest in YA and fantasy. 

Katie’s Wishlist:

All areas of YA fiction, particularly:
Commercial, with a compelling hook and a protagonist who battles real life teen issues
Science fiction (soft)
Fantasy

Commercial and Literary Adult Fiction in the following genres:
Book Club Women’s Fiction
Science Fiction (soft)
Fantasy
Suspense/Thriller
Contemporary Romance

Nonfiction in the following genres:
·                     Memoir/Biography with a strong platform
·                     Self-help
·                     Crafts/How-to
·                     Inspirational
·                     True Crime (I would prefer to avoid this unless it is high profile and current)
·                     Parenting

Query Katie at: katie@andreahurst.com
No attachments. Do not send proposals, sample chapters or manuscripts unless specifically requested by an agent. Please indicate if you are simultaneously submitting to other agents. Expect Katie to take some time to respond—in busy periods this may take several weeks.

Full submission guidelines here.

Carolyn Forde
of Westwood Creative Artists
Brian Henry will lead “How to Get Published" workshops in Oakville on Saturday, Sept 27, with literary agent Carolyn Forde (see here) and in Niagara on the Lake on Sunday, March 1, with literary agent Olga Filina (see here).

He has a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults" workshop Saturday, Nov 8, in Guelph (see here).

Other upcoming workshops, include: “Writing & Revising,” Saturday, Sept 20, in Toronto (see here), and “How to Write a Bestseller" with New York Times #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, Saturday, Nov 22, in Burlington (see here) and Saturday, Dec 6, in London (see here). 

But the best way to get your manuscript ready for publication is with a weekly course. This September, Brian still has space in his
 “Welcome to Creative Writing" on Tuesday mornings in Burlington and “Writing Your Life & Other Personal Stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Burlington.

See details of all six courses starting in September here.

“The Next Step in Creative Writing” and “Intensive Creative Writing” courses starting this month are full. But email to be put on the waiting list in case someone drops out or to reserve a spot for the winter session. Come January, Brian will be offering an Intensive course on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington, and Next Step courses on Wednesday evenings in Burlington, Thursday afternoons in Mississauga and Thursday evenings in Georgetown.

To register or for more details of any course or workshop, email brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.


Monday, September 15, 2014

You're invited to a book launch for The White Oneida by Jean Rae Baxter

The White Oneida by Jean Rae Baxter
from Ronsdale Press
Hello, Brian.
I have two book launches coming up for my new historical YA novel, The White Oneida. Everyone’s invited!
Jean Rae Baxter
P.S. Some great early reviews already.

Wednesday Sept 17
7:00 p.m.
Bryan Prince Bookseller
1060 King Street West, Hamilton (Map here)

And

Wednesday, October 1
7:00 p.m.
The Novel Idea Bookstore
156 Princess Street, Kingston (Map here)


See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Love Letters ~ Where your fellow writers are getting published

Congratulations, Jennifer!
Hi, Brian.
I'm very pleased to share that I've signed a contract with Scholastic for my first book. SPEECHLESS is a middle grade novel about Jelly who decides that this is the year he's going to win the speech competition at school, in spite of his morbid fear of public speaking and the connivings of his classmate who thinks the prize is rightfully hers.
I started this in one of your “Welcome to Creative Writing” classes, and I'm grateful for all the help and support given by you and the fantastic writers I met in your sessions.
Cheers,
Jennifer Mook-Sang
Burlington
Note: The next “Welcome to Creative Writing” class starts Tuesday, Sept 23, in the mornings (see here). I also have a “Writing your life and other personal stories” class starting Tuesday, Sept 23, in the afternoons (see here). And I have a “Writing for children & Young Adults” workshop on Saturday, Nov 8 (see here). ~ Brian

Hi, Brian.
Two of my speculative fiction stories were just published in a new anthology from the Houston Writer's Guild called Tides of Possibility. It's available in both print and eBook formats on Amazon here.
Would you be able to help spread the word?
 Thanks,
Brandon Crilly
P.S. Brandon is looking for someone to review Tides of Possibility for Quick Brown Fox. If you’re interested, please email him at brandon.c.crilly@gmail.com
Please copy me, too, so that I know a review will be coming at: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

Congratulations, Wilma!
Hi, Brian.
My short story “Spynx” has been published by Perspectives Magazine on line and in print form in August.
Best regards,
Wilma Seville
Check out the August issue of Perspectives here.

Sarah Heller
Hi, Brian.
Good news: I signed with Sarah Heller of the Helen Heller agency. 
Sara Walker
For information about submitting to the Helen Heller Agency, see here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Leaf’s Wish in Fall by Cecilia-Anca Popescu


I wish I could be
a red golden leaf
that falls from the tree
looking for relief.

To let go in air
on my lifeless float,
every single fare
in life that I wrote.

I wish I could be
a red rusty leaf,
that falls from the tree
to forget the grief.

If you find me soon
kiss me, to uncover
spells of full moon
and I’ll be your lover.

Cecilia-Anca Popescu left Romania in 1993, shortly after the Revolution. Today she is managing a chemical lab in her country of adoption. Burdened with the nostalgia of every Romanian immigrant, Cecilia-Anca Popescu writes about the drama of the expat, about her life experiences, and sometimes about her cats.


See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

Friday, September 12, 2014

How to Write Great Dialogue workshop, Saturday, November 1, in Ottawa

“How to Write Great Dialogue”
~ The writer’s most important tool ~
Saturday, November 1, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nepean Sportsplex, Hall F1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario (Map here.)

Accessible to beginners and meaty enough for experienced writers, this workshop will show you how to use dialogue to make your stories more dynamic and dramatic.  

Whether you’re writing fiction or memoir, you need to be able to write great dialogue and need to know how to mix your dialogue and narrative so that your characters come alive.  Come to this workshop and learn both the basics and the best tricks of the trade so that you'll never write a lifeless scene again.

Workshop leader Brian Henry has been a book editor and creative writing instructor for more than 25 years. He publishes Quick Brown Fox, Canada’s most popular blog for writers, teaches creative writing at Ryerson University and has led workshops everywhere from Boston to Buffalo and from Sarnia to Charlottetown. But his proudest boast is that he has helped many of his students get their first book published and launch their careers as authors.

Clint Eastwood gets some of the best lines
Fee: 40.71+ 13% hst = 46 paid in advance
or 43.36 + 13% hst = 
49 if you wait to pay at the door

To reserve a spot now email: brianhenry@sympatico.ca

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.