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You’ve Got the Power

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Authors working with a traditional publisher can sometimes find themselves in situations they feel are out of their control. Fortunately when you have an agent, you’re NOT powerless. You have someone to whom you can turn—someone who …

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10 Things to Know About Speakers Bureaus

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

If you’re a speaker or trying to become one, then your most immediate challenge will be, “How do I get speaking engagements?” In your quest to get bookings, you’ll probably want to know whether you need to …

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13 Ways to Impress an Agent

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

You’ve been trying to crack the code for getting an agent’s attention, whether in a query or a face-to-face meeting. You’ve been searching high and low for the secret to making an agent sit up and say …

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Write Emails that Don’t Drive People Crazy

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Have you noticed that email volume is reaching crisis proportions? The ease of email causes people to be careless about how they use it. Apparently businesses lose billions of dollars a year due to loss of productivity …

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When Comparison is Good

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

When you’re trying to interest an agent or publisher in your book, you’re often asked to provide “comps” — other books that could be compared to yours, or books that might compete with yours. A good book …

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How to Find an Agent

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I asked readers on my Facebook page for questions they’d like me to answer on the blog. It seems many are dying to know the secret to getting an agent.

Stephanie asked: What is the single most

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How to Respond to Alarming Changes

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

This week I read a couple of online articles about the plight of the contemporary writer. In “Farewell to the Golden Age,” legendary author Philip Yancey summarizes the changes in publishing, both from his personal …

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7 (Bad) Habits of Highly Successful Authors

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

We spend a lot of time on this blog giving you tips on becoming a successful author. But what if you have a few… shall we say… weaknesses? Can you have a few bad habits and still …

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Trouble Hitting Send?

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

A writer emailed me:

The novel is finished, the query letter is drafted, the synopsis is as tight as I can get it, and I still can’t bring myself to hit that darned “send” button. I’m sure

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You’re Only as Good as Your Worst Book

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

You may have noticed that there are now far more books available to readers than ever before in history. The rise of digital publishing has led to a tenfold increase in the number of books published each …

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