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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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The Gift of Insecurity

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I frequently field phone calls from clients who are going through a rough patch in their frame of mind. It turns out being a contracted and published author doesn’t automatically fill you with self-confidence and unending affection …

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Back from the Front Lines

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I’ve just come from BEA (Book Expo America) in New York and I’m all energized about books! BEA is the biggest annual event for the publishing industry, attended by industry professionals from all over the U.S. and …

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11 Questions for Crafting a Fiction Pitch

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

As a writer, you’re always going to find it necessary to “sell your stuff.” To do that, you need to create those all important sales materials for your book: The one-sentence summary. The query. The pitch paragraph. 

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