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What You Need to Know about Facebook’s Latest Revamp

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

If you’re like me, when you head to a social media site and discover it’s been revamped once again, you feel your blood pressure rising. Partly because you’re weary of how often changes occur but also …

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Publishing’s Dysfunctional Buying Habits: A Parable

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Do you ever wonder why publishers seem to binge buy? Suddenly suspense is big, and it’s what all the editors want to talk about at writers conferences. But historicals are out.

How can an entire, standard …

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Writers: How to Find True Ideas in Your Noisy Head

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

My client’s mind must be awash with conflicting ideas about her manuscript. Here’s what happened: I love Marissa’s novel and received nice enthusiasm for the idea when I pitched it to editors. But this is the …

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Why You Should Read Bad Books

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

While we readers are constantly on the hunt for the penultimate book that satisfies to the core, we spend a lot of time reading books of a lesser nature. I wonder if we’re garnering as much …

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Twitter Abuse

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

If you don’t “get” Twitter or aren’t seeing the results you’d like from it, this blog is for you.

As tweets stream down my Twitter home page, I often see entries like these:

“I posted a …

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Writing a Smart Query

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Writing a standout query remains one of the greatest challenges for a writer hoping to snag an agent’s or editor’s attention. I often describe those of us who receive a barrage of queries every day as …

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How to Make Your Book Cover Stand Out

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Here’s the good news for authors: Nowadays every book cover is face out…online.

Now the bad news: Every book cover is face out.

Most of us readers used to discover books in bookstores. I can recall …

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Think Like a Bookstore Retailer

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

The other day I almost flipped past the page of Christian Retailing Magazine with the title “How to Plan Profitable Product Assortments for Your Store.” Then I paused. It occurred to me that by reading the …

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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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