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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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When a book surprises you–for better or worse

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Remember when you were a kid and cereal boxes regularly offered you prizes tucked inside? Sometimes those prizes were terrific–like a glittery ring or a miniature of an action hero. Other times, the surprise was so …

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Will Readers Attend a Book Convention? Would You?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

The problem of connecting readers with books continues to nag at publishing, but two book trade shows are trying to aid making “matches.” Organizers for the general market’s national convention for industry professionals (BEA) have tried …

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Books via Subscription: A Growing Trend?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I recently received a letter sent to all agents with clients at Simon & Schuster from Carolyn Reidy, S&S’s president, announcing the publisher’s decision to offer backlist titles through ebook subscriptions services. S&S is the second …

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Why the Amazon-Hachette Battle Matters

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

You might have heard about the pitched battle between two giants in our book economy–Amazon and Hachette Book Group–on television news, in newspaper articles, through blogs or other online sources. Last week both parties took their …

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A Day of Remembrance: Recalling a Writerly Memory

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

While today we memorialize those who sacrificed their lives for our country and recall other loved ones who have passed away, I thought this would also be a good day to remember a touchstone writerly memory. …

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Are Fragmented Novels a Fad?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

The last four novels I’ve read all have one thing in common: The structure for each is fragmented. In other words, the stories aren’t told in a linear fashion and often are told from multiple points …

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