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Betty Sargent

Founder & Editing Expert  |  New York, New York  

Betty Kelly Sargent is the founder of BookWorks, the Self-Publishers Association, and writes a monthly column on self-publishing for PW Select. She is a member of the Independent Editors Group (EIG) and has spent more than 30 years in the traditional publishing business, most recently as editor-in-chief of William Morrow, where at one point she had three books on the New York Times best-seller list at once. She has also been executive editor at HarperCollins, executive editor at Delacorte Press, Fiction and Books editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, and book reviewer for CNN. She is the author of seven traditionally published books and one self-published book. She moderates panels and workshops in New York City and Los Angeles and is passionate about helping indie authors learn to navigate the ever-changing landscape of self-publishing.

Dear Editor: What Are the Rules for Caps, Italics & Exclamation Points?

(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly) BookWorks founder and CEO, Betty Kelly Sargent, is a veteran...
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Dear Editor: Is My Character Too Weak and Whiny?

(Originally appeared in PW Select's BookLife.) Many of you may not be aware that BookWorks...
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Creative Writing 101: Writers’ Workshops, Retreats & Residencies

(Originally appeared in Publishers Weekly digital publication on Dec 19, 2016) Can Creative Writing be...
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New Year, New BookWorks – What’s Coming in 2017

As we get ready to welcome in 2017, we asked our founder, Betty Kelly Sargent,...
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Expert Advice for Indie Authors Inside “The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide-2016”

Expert Advice from Self-Publishing's All-Stars Do you know how to spot a shady vanity publisher—one...
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The New Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide – 2016

Call it shameless self-promotion, or an attempt to deliver indie authors the resources they need...
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Translation and Translators for Indie Authors

We live in a global economy.  Everybody knows that. The big question for indie authors...
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Amazon’s New Bookstore and the Future of Bookselling

Breaking News—Amazon launched its first brick-and-mortar bookstore last week in Seattle. In fact this is...
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Three Top Publishing News Sites For Indie Authors— Everything You Need To Know, Every Day

It’s crazy out there.  Every day new websites pop up for self-publishers, new service providers,...
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What Good Book Editors Do and Where Indie Authors Can Find Them

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s editor, Maxwell Perkins said, “Just get it down on paper, and then...
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Tell Your Story: How Indie Authors Can Write a Memorable Memoir

“A good memoir requires two elements -- one of art, the other of craft,” says...
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Great News for Indie Authors at BookWorks

We’ve been busy at BookWorks, very busy—and I’d like to use this blog, dear members,...
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Does Amazon’s New Way of Paying Indie Authors Make Sense—or No Cents?

On July 1, 2015, Amazon changed the way it pays its indie authors who are...
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Polish Your Elevator Speech: Sell More Books

I first heard the expression “elevator speech” when I was studying to become a certified...
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The Inside Scoop On Book Publishing: Where To Find It

This week I’d like to tell you about a few of my favorite book publishing...
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