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Poetry and Springtime

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I know many of you are still digging out of the snow, but Spring is just around the corner! :) We have had glorious Spring days here in Northern California, but we do still need rain to combat …

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Demographics and Diversity Present Opportunity

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

The challenging events in the publishing industry oblige authors and publishers to think differently about how they can reach new readers. Two studies offer insights that may stimulate ideas for books and marketing for those willing to …

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When a Writer Becomes a Target

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Once you’re a published author, you’re going to have a target on your back. You will offer up your words to strangers, and not everyone will like what you write. You’ll be naked and vulnerable in front …

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Writers Write Through

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Yesterday one of my clients posted a note on her Facebook page, sharing that she was sick– really feeling lousy– with a migraine on top of a cold. She sounded like she wished she could just go …

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Why This is the Wrong Time for Publishers to be Risk Averse

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Trends spring out of seemingly thin air. Who would have guessed that these books would become New York Times best-sellers and start trends that went on for years: Left Behind, Harry Potter, 90 Minutes in Heaven

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Overcoming Your Distractions

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of experience with distractions! I have had to find ways to work around mine and put them into their proper places and I have some tips to …

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Genre Glue

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

This has been a puzzling week. Conversations with authors revealed that a few of them were brainstorming new book ideas in a different genre. Tremors in the industry or the feeling of being stuck may have precipitated …

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When You’re Missing the Mark

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Recently a blog reader wrote and asked: I was wondering, what if I get an agent and she tries to sell two or three of my novels, all in the same genre, and nothing sells. What would

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Books That Surprise Me

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I read many books. Pre-published books, published books, bestsellers. But there’s nothing that delights me more than books that surprise me. Let me talk about a few.

Several years ago I was in an airport with my …

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What Happens When a Bookstore Chain Declares Chapter 11?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Last week the Family Christian Store (FCS) chain announced it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In the press release, the chain stated that no stores would close and no employees (they have approximately 4,000) …

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