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Reversing the Deadly Effects of Long-Term Sitting

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

A few years ago, I was shocked when a friend said, “Sitting is the new smoking.” What!? I spend my days…sitting. Once I land at my desk, I forget to move. It doesn’t even occur to …

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How Vivid Verbs Transform Your Writing

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Most writers who have been working at the craft for any length of time know that verb choice can make the difference between bland writing and standout writing. I recently read the novel Longbourne and loved …

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Ever Newer Ways to Read Books

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

In June I wrote about several initiatives exploring how to make book subscriptions work for authors, publishers and readers. You can read it here. In the brief time span since then, several new developments have occurred …

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How Fear of Failure Holds You Back

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I’ve been pondering an article I read recently entitled, What Children Can Teach Us About Risk, Failure, and Personal Growth.It brought to the fore an aspect about myself I like to keep tucked away: …

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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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