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The Work/Family Balance: Getting rid of the guilt

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time feeling guilty. I’m either not working hard enough, or I’m not a good wife, or housekeeper, or mother, or dog owner. I’m actually a terrible …

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The Perfect Title

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

An editor contacted me this week to inquire about a client’s proposal. The editorial team is interested in the author’s nonfiction book but asked if she’d be willing to tweak her approach slightly and give it a …

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You’ve Got the Power

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Authors working with a traditional publisher can sometimes find themselves in situations they feel are out of their control. Fortunately when you have an agent, you’re NOT powerless. You have someone to whom you can turn—someone who …

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Curated Books

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Curated books. That’s how we discover books we love. Let me explain.

In this day, discoverability of books is the issue everyone in the publishing community is discussing. With the avalanche of books available today from the …

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Judge Books by–You Guessed It–Their Covers

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I recently stumbled onto a blog post that got me thinking about the process I use to choose the next book I’ll read. Emily Gatlins’ post was a recap of books she chose over a 90-day …

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A Manuscript’s Finishing Touches

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule,

filling in for the camping Rachel Kent

Following up on Mary’s blog from yesterday, now your manuscript is clean, how to put on the finishing touches!

It can be hard to know when you’re done, but …

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10 Tips for a Clean Manuscript

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

As September approaches, your thoughts might be turning toward the final push of the year to get your book ready for submission. While you’re consumed with fixing craft issues or articulating convincing solutions for your nonfiction topic, …

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10 Things to Know About Speakers Bureaus

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

If you’re a speaker or trying to become one, then your most immediate challenge will be, “How do I get speaking engagements?” In your quest to get bookings, you’ll probably want to know whether you need to …

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Is Your Agent Too Busy?

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I had a phone meeting yesterday with a client. She said, “I hate to bother you. You seem so busy.” Hmmmm. A few weeks ago my brother called me up short on the same subject. He said …

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Four Elements That Make a Book a High Concept

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

If you had 1-3 sentences in which to convince someone to buy your book, what would you say?

Your answer reveals your manuscript’s high concept. High concept is a phrase used in the film industry for

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