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What Did You Learn on Your First Job?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Labor Day seems like the perfect day to ponder what your first job taught you. For me, my first job was–wait for it–bun-dabber at an A&W Root Beer Stand. I don’t recall if that was my …

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Connecting vs. Engaging

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Recently Wired ran an article on the effect Millennials are having on advertising. You can read it here. Contained in the article is this statement,

“Many times brands think that by reaching out to Millennials

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Judge Books by–You Guessed It–Their Covers

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I recently stumbled onto a blog post that got me thinking about the process I use to choose the next book I’ll read. Emily Gatlins’ post was a recap of books she chose over a 90-day …

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Four Elements That Make a Book a High Concept

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

If you had 1-3 sentences in which to convince someone to buy your book, what would you say?

Your answer reveals your manuscript’s high concept. High concept is a phrase used in the film industry for

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Why Sales Numbers and Platform Aren’t as Important as Publishers Think

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Wendy apologizes that you aren’t reading a blog post from her today. She’s traveling and posting blogs, remembering what day it is, that sort of thing, flitted right out of her brain. She’ll be back next …

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6 Qualities That Make an Agent Say Yes: Finding Literary Representation

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Our agency receives at least one hundred queries every week, which, when you think about it, means more than 5,000 per year. Plus we agents hear somewhere between 50-100 pitches when we attend writers conferences. For …

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11 Grammar Mistakes That Label You “Amateur”

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Editors tend to come by good grammar naturally. And certain grammar mistakes constitute the proverbial nails scraping on a blackboard for them. When you’re trying to put the best face possible on your submission, don’t sabotage …

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3 Ways to Brand Your Covers

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I’m an inveterate bookstore lurker, slipping into any shop along my path to peruse the aisles. On a recent trip, I checked out a Hudson News store in an airport and was taken aback when I …

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Turn Libraries and Museums into Promo Spots

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Last week, Judy Christie gave us the lowdown on how to connect to major book clubs and local bookstores as places to promote our books. You can read that post here.

This week, I asked …

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2 Promo Ideas and How 1 Author Used Them

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Authors are always on the lookout for ways to effectively market their books. This week and next I’ve asked two of my clients to showcase avenues they turn to that let readers know a new book …

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