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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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Reinvent Yourself

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Last week I addressed several ways to potentially jumpstart your stalled writing career. Sometimes, however, a jumpstart simply will not turn the engine over and get things moving. What’s a writer to do?

Let me give you …

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3 Ways to Brand Your Covers

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I’m an inveterate bookstore lurker, slipping into any shop along my path to peruse the aisles. On a recent trip, I checked out a Hudson News store in an airport and was taken aback when I …

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Book Research

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I just finished reading a brand new historical romance by a client of mine–it’s not the final draft–and sprinkled throughout the manuscript are little research notes for bits and pieces of history that she still needs to …

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Do Writing Contests Help Your Career?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Recently, one of my clients emailed that two of her stories had placed near the top in a writing contest and would be included in an upcoming anthology. An editor’s note soon followed confirming that all three …

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