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12 Keys to Connecting with Readers

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

The whole idea of building a platform and marketing your book is to get people to read what you’ve written. Whether you’re traditionally or self-published, connecting with potential readers is crucial. There are many good ways to …

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The Best of the Worst

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the things you may not know about me is that I won the infamous Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest in 1999 for the worst first line in children’s literature.

My line read:

The greedy schoolbus crept through

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How to Think Like a Businessperson–Even If You Don’t Want to

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Recently I attended an onstage interview conducted by a San Francisco cookbook writer of Ina Garten, whom some of you know by watching her cook on The Food Network or via her nine, wildly popular …

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Stepping Out in Faith

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Location: Kirkland, Washington for the Northwest Christian Writers’ Renewal Conference

Because I’m at the conference today (Listening to pitches! Fun for me, and hopefully not too scary for those doing the pitching.), I won’t be able to …

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Conference Graces

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Mount Hermon ushers in the busiest writers conference season from now through autumn, and many of you will be making your way there today. Be sure to introduce yourself to Janet and Wendy when you see them. …

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Confusing Agent Behavior

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Reader Laurie wrote: A friend of mine has an agent interested in her first novel, but the agent has not made an offer of representation.  Instead she has asked my friend to hire a book editor (done),

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You Deserve a Break Today

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Many of you are either smack dab in the middle of Spring break or getting ready for it. If you have school age children you are even more aware of this pause in our regular schedule. For …

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How to Be a Publishing Authority in One Step

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

You might not think of yourself as an authority, but lots of other folks do if one thing is true of you: You’ve published a book.

With one book under your belt you can get workshop …

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Finding New Book Ideas

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I’ve been chatting this week with a few clients about new projects that they are working on. I love talking about new ideas and giving input. There’s something so exciting about a new, fresh book idea. I’m …

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The Author-Agent Partnership: Finding the Right Fit

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

What should a writer look for in an agent? What does an agent look for in a client? It’s tempting for a writer to go with the first offer of representation because it means you’ve crossed the …

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