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Touch Your Readers’ Deepest Needs

Mary Keeley

Last week my husband brought home a movie he thought I would enjoy.  Gene Shalit called the movie “unforgettable.” We settled in to enjoy this “passionate and heartwarming story,” but not even the impressive cast could overcome the disappointment we …

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This Post is For the Ones You Love

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I frequently hear from writers who are working hard to make their publishing dreams come true—but their significant others are not quite on board. These writers are being persistent, learning the craft, and building their platform. But …

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Down Payment on a Dream

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I’m rereading Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge for the third time. Yes, it’s only been out for a little less than two years but this book is worth reading and rereading even …

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Writing a Smart Query

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Writing a standout query remains one of the greatest challenges for a writer hoping to snag an agent’s or editor’s attention. I often describe those of us who receive a barrage of queries every day as …

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TV Shows and Movies Inspiring Reading

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

So many of the shows and movies we watch are based on books and sometimes we don’t even know it! I was able to go see Gone Girl last week and I just finished the last season …

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Optimism Is Contagious

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

I try to keep up with publishing trends in order to advise clients knowledgeably and report new developments to all of you. For some time news updates have been sobering. But we won’t rehash. Today is a …

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6 Tools to Make Your Life Easier

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

This age of technology can be overwhelming sometimes, but I find the best way to deal with it is to find as many ways as possible to use technology to make my life easier. I thought I’d …

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Bad Advice

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

PET PEEVE: People giving or passing along bogus career advice. I know. I know. It’s a  symptom of our culture to dispense advice, wanted or unwanted, and some of us can’t help ourselves. After all, what is …

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How to Make Your Book Cover Stand Out

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Here’s the good news for authors: Nowadays every book cover is face out…online.

Now the bad news: Every book cover is face out.

Most of us readers used to discover books in bookstores. I can recall …

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Seven Years as an Agent

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

October marks the 7th anniversary of when I became an agent with Books & Such! When I first started, I’d go to conferences, and people would remark on how young I looked. I don’t hear that much …

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