Nicole Evelina - How to Know If Your Book Idea Will Sell in Today’s Market

Learn how to know if your book idea is likely to appeal to traditional publishers and whether your self-published book is likely to reach readers from an author who has published in both ways. Topics will include gatekeepers in traditional publishing, genre trends, perennial bestselling topics, the importance of platform and how to find an idea that not only appeals to you but fills a gap in the marketplace. For those who write, this session will provide insights into getting published, whether traditionally or independently. For those who work with independent authors as coaches, editors, proofreaders, etc., the session will help you guide your clients in their publishing decisions.

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Nicole Evelina is a USA Today bestselling author and biographer who writes historical fiction, nonfiction and women’s fiction. Her six books have won more than 40 awards, including four Book of the Year designations. She was named Missouri’s Top Independent Author by Library Journal and Biblioboard as the winner of the Missouri Indie Author Project in 2018 and has received the North Street Book Prize and the Sarton Women’s Book Award. One of her novels, Madame Presidentess, was optioned for film.

In addition to her self-published works, Evelina has three new books under traditional contacts: the first-ever biography of suffragists Virginia and Francis Minor, set to be published in March 2023 by Globe Pequot, and two nonfiction books due to be published in 2022 and 2023/24 by Rowman & Littlefield: Sex and the City: A Cultural History and Fierce Females of Television: A Cultural History. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, The Hill, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Independent Journal, Curve Magazine, and numerous historical publications. Evelina’s fiction tells the stories of strong women from history and today, with a focus on biographical historical fiction, while her nonfiction focuses on women’s history; both share the stories of unknown or little-known figures. She is represented by Amy Collins of Talcott Notch Literary.

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