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Why an Agent’s List is Never Full

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Any writer who wants an agent knows how hard acquiring one can be. Online discussions at times suggest an agent acquires new clients only periodically, when he finds his list isn’t full. But that isn’t true.…

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Art vs. Accuracy

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

On today, Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, I want to invite you to consider with me a sort of heady question: How much should an author (of either fiction or nonfiction) bend true events for the …

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What’s Your Favorite Read from 2014?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I don’t know about you, but I’ve lost track of how many Best Books of 2014 lists were published in December. Now, here’s your chance to tell us what your favorite book was in 2014. It …

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Is “Branding” a Four-Letter Word?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Grant

Our office is closed for the holidays so we can spend the holidays with our families. This post is from our archives, and is one of our “Best of.” We’ll return with new posts when the office …

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Your Publisher Is Your New Best Friend. Not!

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Grant

All of our agents have slipped out of the office to spend the holidays with their families. We’ve picked from previous posts “The Best of” for your reading pleasure and pondering. Our office opens on January 5, …

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How to Find and Keep Readers for Your Blog

Janet Grant

Janet Kobobel Grant

Last week a client who is just beginning to blog asked me how he could improve his work. As I responded to him via email, it occurred to me that each person who blogs has learned certain …

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How to Talk to Your Publisher About Your Marketing Plan

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

This past week I participated in a number of marketing phone calls that included, among other participants, my client, the publishing house marketing director, the publicist, and the social media marketer. Each call was to discuss …

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What I Wish Publishers Would Do Differently

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

We’ve all heard over and over again what traditional publishers bring to the table that self-published authors can’t generally access. Just to recount, lest we forget, the primary assets publishers cart into the equation are: curation …

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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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