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Why Sales Numbers and Platform Aren’t as Important as Publishers Think

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Wendy apologizes that you aren’t reading a blog post from her today. She’s traveling and posting blogs, remembering what day it is, that sort of thing, flitted right out of her brain. She’ll be back next …

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6 Qualities That Make an Agent Say Yes: Finding Literary Representation

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Our agency receives at least one hundred queries every week, which, when you think about it, means more than 5,000 per year. Plus we agents hear somewhere between 50-100 pitches when we attend writers conferences. For …

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Watch out for writing ruts

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Some of you may remember that I wrote on this topic long ago, but I have recently come across quite a few ruts in manuscripts I’ve been reading and I thought it might be appropriate timing to …

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What Is Your Patience Quotient?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

According to the dictionary, quotient is a mathematics term defined as “the result of division; the number of times one quantity is contained in another.” For the purposes of our quiz today, I’m adapting the definition this …

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When Comparison is Good

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

When you’re trying to interest an agent or publisher in your book, you’re often asked to provide “comps” — other books that could be compared to yours, or books that might compete with yours. A good book …

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What About Ghostwriting

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

So. . . what about ghostwriting, anyway?

Last week when I wrote about strategies for reinventing oneself as a writer several of you asked questions about ghostwriting and I promised you a blog dedicated to the subject. …

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11 Grammar Mistakes That Label You “Amateur”

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Editors tend to come by good grammar naturally. And certain grammar mistakes constitute the proverbial nails scraping on a blackboard for them. When you’re trying to put the best face possible on your submission, don’t sabotage …

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Agent Triage

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

You know what I hate? That there are only 24 hours in a day! I find myself needing more time all the time and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

As an agent, I could spend …

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You Know You’re a Dysfunctional Writer When…

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

This week I’m rushing to send out proposals to editors and cross off as many other things as I can on my self-propagating to-do list. So much to do before going on vacation tomorrow for a week. …

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How to Find an Agent

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I asked readers on my Facebook page for questions they’d like me to answer on the blog. It seems many are dying to know the secret to getting an agent.

Stephanie asked: What is the single most

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