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Maundy Thursday and Beyond

Mary Keeley

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Thursday of Holy Week—Maundy Thursday—is a day when Christians prepare our hearts for what tomorrow through Sunday signifies for us. I can think of nothing more important to blog about today.

The word “Maundy” is derived from …

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Conference Graces

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Mount Hermon ushers in the busiest writers conference season from now through autumn, and many of you will be making your way there today. Be sure to introduce yourself to Janet and Wendy when you see them. …

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The Author-Agent Partnership: Finding the Right Fit

Mary Keeley

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What should a writer look for in an agent? What does an agent look for in a client? It’s tempting for a writer to go with the first offer of representation because it means you’ve crossed the …

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Book Proposals Mean Business

Mary Keeley

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Last week I blogged on three criteria agents use to assess your readiness for representation (here). Today let’s focus on what goes into the first of these: your proposal. The following tips will be …

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What Makes You and Your Proposal Impressive?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

The fact there is more competition for fewer publishing slots makes the goal of getting your book published by a traditional publisher more challenging. So let’s address that elephant in the room right off the bat. My …

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3 Attributes for a Successful Writing Career

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Magnificently written books that readers dive into and remember long after they turn the last page are the goal of all committed writers. But the road to that destination is almost always bumpy and loaded with detours …

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2 FAQs about the Road to Publication

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Publishing is a complex business, and there is no end to the questions that arise along a writer’s career journey. Many of those I’m asked fall into two categories. 

Why is involvement in social media so important?

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Word Count Confusion

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Did you know that every little detail you include–or leave out–in your book proposal reveals something about you? That’s why we stress on this blog that you need to put as much effort into preparing it as …

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Permissions, Releases, and Copyright…Oh My!

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

The editor of a manuscript I received last week alerted me that the author had quoted a portion or the whole of two articles the author found on the Internet. This author did give the sources of …

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Sometimes a Good Laugh Is What’s Needed

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

When was the last time your day…or week…was turned completely upside down? I mean…totally. That was my experience this week, and it was a good reminder to be patient and hang onto (okay, clutch tightly) a peaceful …

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