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What Is Your Patience Quotient?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

According to the dictionary, quotient is a mathematics term defined as “the result of division; the number of times one quantity is contained in another.” For the purposes of our quiz today, I’m adapting the definition this …

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Do Writing Contests Help Your Career?

Mary Keeley

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Recently, one of my clients emailed that two of her stories had placed near the top in a writing contest and would be included in an upcoming anthology. An editor’s note soon followed confirming that all three …

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Your Hook: the On/Off Button in Your Proposal

Mary Keeley

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After at trip to the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS), Christian publishing’s version of the general market’s Book Expo America (BEA), which Rachelle Gardner reported on here, I served on the writers track at SpeakUp, …

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3 Tips to Enhance Your Marketing Efforts

Mary Keeley

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With so much competition for readers and still only 24 hours in a day, writers have to find ways to maximize their efforts to increase their name recognition and their book’s discoverability. I’m going to give you …

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5 Tips for Writing a Synopsis that Shines

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Last week some of you commented about your love-hate relationship with writing a synopsis. Some authors say they enjoy it. More often, though, I hear writers express uncertainty. It doesn’t have to be a dreaded task if …

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What Your Proposal Says about You

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Writers communicate volumes of information between the lines and paragraphs, in what is there and in what is missing in their proposals. Today, I’ll let you in on some of the first things agents and editors notice.…

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3 Tips for Your Marketing Campaign

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Several authors have commented recently that they wish they could just write and leave the marketing and promotion of their book to the publisher. It’s with gentle understanding that I repeat the reality: those days are gone. …

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Patience Is the Operative Word

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

A while ago I blogged about extending grace and kindness to other writers when you’re at a writers conference here. Today I want to extend the conversation to the many opportunities to exercise patience and grace …

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Benefits for Your Readers

Mary Keeley

With the exception of novelists who learn about their characters and the storyline as they unfold in draft stage, most writers have a well-developed concept for their book before you sit down to write. At this stage you’re at least …

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3 Tips for a Happy Author-Publisher Relationship

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Whatever route you take to publishing, traditional, Indy, or self-publishing, following a few tips can position you for a successful author-publisher relationship.

I’m going to use the author relationship with a traditional publisher as my case study …

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