Awards

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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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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Professional Jealousy: Immunize Yourself from Its Bite

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

At one point or another we’ve all been bitten by that green-eyed monster, otherwise known as professional jealousy. Ever hovering, seeking whom he may devour, he attacks by surprise at an unfortunate moment when defenses are weakened.…

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How to Set Your Writing Goal for 2013–and Achieve It

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

You’ve heard the axiom, plan your work and work your plan. Sound advice but so often glossed over or under-applied. Now is the time to begin thinking . . . and preparing. You have three months …

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Why Awards Are Important but No Guarantee of Sales

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Book awards–even being a finalist–are an honor to receive, a reward for an author’s research, toil, and dedication to creating a gripping story or compelling nonfiction book. Award banquets provide authors the opportunity to gather and celebrate …

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2012 Christy Award finalists: How many have you read?

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

As many of you know, Monday night the 2012 Christy Award winners were announced at the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando. My clients, Anne Elisabeth Stengl and Melanie Dickerson were both finalists in different categories. I’m …

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Every Author Just Wants to Be Liked

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Pretty much everyone just wants to be liked, right? Why, we’ve all taken to heart one sentence from Sally Fields’ earnest Academy-Award acceptance speech: “You like me, …

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Best-Sellers: Two Writers Weigh In

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule

Location: Home Office, Santa Rosa, CA

We’ve already talked about a nefarious way to break onto The New York Times best-seller list by buying copies of your own book, but what about writing a best-selling book. Is …

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Best-Sellers: The New York Times and Me

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule

Location: Main office, Santa Rosa, CA

Those of you who have been following my writing saga on the Books & Such blog may be interested in hearing the latest wrinkle. After releasing on September 1, 2011, A

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Book Show: The Christy Awards!

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Location: From ICRS, Atlanta

Sunday– Four Meetings plus the Annual Books & Such Brunch. Plus the Baker-Bethany-Revell Dinner.

Monday– Ten Meetings plus the Gala Christy Awards

Condition: Totally Exhausted (but happy)

After a full day on the …

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