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How to Think Like a Businessperson–Even If You Don’t Want to

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Recently I attended an onstage interview conducted by a San Francisco cookbook writer of Ina Garten, whom some of you know by watching her cook on The Food Network or via her nine, wildly popular …

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How to Be a Publishing Authority in One Step

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

You might not think of yourself as an authority, but lots of other folks do if one thing is true of you: You’ve published a book.

With one book under your belt you can get workshop …

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Is your project ready to submit?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Recently I received two queries that I thought held promise. So I asked to see the proposals and first chapters. On close inspection, I found both projects weren’t ready to be submitted. As I list the …

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What’s Your Writing Style?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

The other night I watched a novelist’s TV interview on a crime novel he had written. John Banville is a respected Irish novelist, known for the literary quality of his work. But he decided to try …

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How to Know Your Book’s Audience

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Sometimes a book idea is born out of awareness of your reader’s need that you can meet. The audience is probably a lot like you, or your platform is developed around these folks.

But often, when …

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When to unveil your book cover

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Book covers are the most effective tool in an author’s marketing arsenal, but I continue to be confounded by how often authors misfire with the unveiling of their covers. The mistake is understandable since, if you …

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3 Steps to Building an Author Web Site

Janet Grant

Guest Blogger: Kelli Standish

Note from Janet: One of my clients asked me what were key elements for her to have on her author website. She has a book releasing in May, and she wants to provide a stellar spot

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3 flaws in your query that shout “beginner”

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Few experiences are more instructive about what-not-to-do in your writing than working your way through the queries and proposals editors or agents receive. I can’t make my stack of reading available to you, but I can …

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New publishing clashes with old

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I wanted to entitle this blog “New Era Meets Dinosaur,” but I went a slightly different route. Still, that’s how this past week felt to me. While the Internet’s activity board lit up in response to …

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5 ways for a writer to be more business savvy

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

When you think about your writing, does your mind slip into business mode or artistic mode? For most writers, the artistic side looms large. Of course they know that publishing is a business, but that doesn’t …

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