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Just Try It! Discovering New Social Media

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

During our Books & Such retreat this week, there was lots of talk about marketing–and of course a major part of marketing involves social media these days. We saw charts showing how Facebook is still the #1 …

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Create a Professional Persona

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

I’m away at our agency’s bi-annual client retreat and won’t be able to respond to your comments today. But I hope this topic on how to create a professional persona for industry professionals will generate lots of …

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Who’s Your Ideal Reader?

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I gave a brief little talk on book promotion at our agency retreat yesterday. I was discussing the idea of moving from a “self-promotion” mindset, to thinking about gathering a community of readers. This is an excerpt.…

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Retreat

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

As this blog goes live the agents and a good portion of the clients of Books & Such Literary Management are attending the fourth biennial retreat at the gorgeous Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa on Cannery Row …

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Twitter Abuse

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

If you don’t “get” Twitter or aren’t seeing the results you’d like from it, this blog is for you.

As tweets stream down my Twitter home page, I often see entries like these:

“I posted a …

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Is Your Writing Getting in the Way of Your Reading?

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule

Sitting in for Rachel Kent and the rest of the Books & Such agents as they prepare for our biennual writer’s retreat next week.

I’m not reading the same way I used to. How about you?

Has …

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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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