Author Archives: Kelly Schuknecht

About Kelly Schuknecht

Kelly Schuknecht works in publishing and book marketing. As an avid reader and blogger, Kelly posts book reviews at Read & Tell Reviews ( and writes here about writing, publishing and book marketing here.

Author Question: How to find an agent [historical fiction]

In that past I have not been very good about keeping up (or responding) when people have contacted me through my blog.  I didn’t mean to ignore any of those messages, I just wasn’t paying attention like I should have.  I received an interesting message today that I thought I would share here and see if my followers have any good advice for this writer.

Here’s the message I received:

Hi Kelly

I have completed my first novel about my Grandfather working for Al Capone in Chicago in the 1920’s. The book is a work of historical fiction and some family facts. The Book is titled Capone’s Wolff, Grandfather Wolff Schneider…

I have had over 60 contacts (read family and business associates) pay to read the new book and overwhelming response is very positive.


Now I need to learn how to engage a larger audience I would be interested in how I connect to an agent who has a love to market historical fictions?

Any thoughts?



Here is my response to Keith.  If you have anything to add, please do so in the comments below.


I will say that I work in the self-publishing industry, so my experience is not in traditional publishing (which sounds like the route you want to take).  I have posted your question here to see if any followers can chime in with some guidance for you.  I also recommend you join the #WritePubChat community on Slack where you can connect with other writers and ask questions like this at any time.

Best of luck to you in your publishing project!  Please come back and share with us about your journey.

Kelly Schuknecht



[Series] Promoting Your Book on Twitter

Here are four posts related to promoting your book on Twitter.  The list below includes summaries and quick links to each of the posts:

  1. Tweeting for Book Promotion — a few ideas of what you might want to tweet as an author to help promote your book.
  2. Decoding the Twitter Language —  a few of the common acronyms and symbols to know as you get started on Twitter.
  3. 10 Tweep Authors Should Follow for Book Marketing Tips and Opportunities — If you’re an author on Twitter, you may want to follow these people on Twitter who will provide you with tips on writing, publishing and book marketing.
  4. The Dos and Don’s of Twitter — a few etiquette (or “twittiquette”) tips to keep in mind as you build your community on Twitter.

If you have other thoughts on how to promote a book on Twitter, please share them in the comment box below! 

Connect with other writers on Slack!

Do you love to talk with other writers about what you’re working on or hear about what they’re working on?  Do you like to swap writing prompt ideas?  Do you have questions about how to publish a book?  If you said yes to any of these questions, join the WritePubChat community on Slack!  WritePubChat is a community just for people like you (and me!) who want to discuss the things we love (writing, publishing, book marketing) with other writers.

What is Slack?

Slack is a real-time messaging app that has recently become all the rage.  It is typically used by businesses for instant messaging and is replacing email communication for many, but Slack is also being used for community building for people with common interests.  Visit SlackList for an extensive list of Slack communities.


WritePubChat is a new Slack community for people who are interested in networking and discussing all things related to writing, publishing and book marketing. If any/all of these things interest you, we’d love to have you join us!

Join the WritePubChat Slack community by simply filling out your information in this Typeform.  Let’s chat!