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10 Tips for a Clean Manuscript

Mary Keeley

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As September approaches, your thoughts might be turning toward the final push of the year to get your book ready for submission. While you’re consumed with fixing craft issues or articulating convincing solutions for your nonfiction topic, …

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You Need Mail

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Email, that is. In our efforts to keep you up to date on industry news that affects your writing career, I’ve read several articles in the last few months that offer fresh evidence for the value of …

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Writing on a Full Tank

Mary Keeley

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My well-being tank is full. A week away with family has done it for me. And now I’m eager to be back at work. Likewise, writers need to take regular breaks to recharge. Writing on a full …

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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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You Know You’re a Dysfunctional Writer When…

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

This week I’m rushing to send out proposals to editors and cross off as many other things as I can on my self-propagating to-do list. So much to do before going on vacation tomorrow for a week. …

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Do Writing Contests Help Your Career?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

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

Blogger: Mary Keeley

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

Blogger: Mary Keeley

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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