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12 Keys to Connecting with Readers

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

The whole idea of building a platform and marketing your book is to get people to read what you’ve written. Whether you’re traditionally or self-published, connecting with potential readers is crucial. There are many good ways to …

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Confusing Agent Behavior

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Reader Laurie wrote: A friend of mine has an agent interested in her first novel, but the agent has not made an offer of representation.  Instead she has asked my friend to hire a book editor (done),

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Platform Isn’t Enough

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Most people understand that it’s difficult to promote a book without first having a platform. However…

A platform is not enough.

To sell copies of your book, you have to actually promote the book.

Shocking, huh?…

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You Asked, We Answer

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I receive countless questions every day through the blog, email and Twitter. Here are a few of them, and my quick answers.

I have queried multiple agents. One agent has requested a full manuscript and three

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Should You Write the Whole Book?

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Classic wisdom for unpublished authors seeking traditional publication has been that if you’re writing a novel (fiction), you need a complete manuscript. If you’re writing non-fiction, you need a book proposal plus two or three sample chapters. …

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What’s Changed and What’s Stayed the Same

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I began blogging as an agent in January of 2008, and it’s remarkable to look back over my past posts and notice how much has changed in six years. When I started, I didn’t even have a …

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All in a Day’s Work

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I enjoyed Wendy’s post yesterday about how agents spend their time. She did a great job of describing how agents work on their clients’ behalf, and I wanted to add my own two cents to further explain …

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Comparing Books and Music

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

One of the recurring themes of this blog is how publishing is evolving, and you probably know that for the last few years, people have been comparing our current situation to the music industry’s revolutionary changes over …

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Lessons from Reality TV

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I’m often struck by the similarities between the competition reality shows on TV these days, and life in the publishing environment. The programs bring together hopefuls in an endeavor—baking, fashion, business, movie makeup, singing—and pit them against …

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Think of Your Muse as a Puppy

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

One of the difficult things about being a writer is having those days when you’re lacking inspiration, the words aren’t flowing, and you feel stuck. Pile enough days like that on top of one another and pretty …

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