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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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Timing Book Promotions

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

We talk a lot about the importance of writers promoting your books and advise that this becomes your full-time job when it releases. Equally important is timing book promotions to reap the greatest return for your effort. …

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The Changes Go Beyond Publishing

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I occasionally hear from disillusioned and even sometimes angry writers. “Why doesn’t the publisher promote my book? Why can’t they sell it without requiring so much of ME?”

The big pubs are under the gun to vastly …

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Not This One

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the most difficult words for a writer to hear from an agent or from editors who’ve looked at his or her manuscript is, “Not this one”.

I can almost see the words running through the …

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