Contests

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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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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5 Ways to Increase Visibility Through Goodreads

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Every author and/or publisher who has attempted to publicize a book knows that the greatest challenge  is that title’s being “discovered.” Since we readers seldom stroll through a bookstore’s aisles any more, we aren’t snared by …

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Q & A–A Novel Idea

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

We’re always looking for fresh promotional ideas for books but, unfortunately, there’s very little “new under the sun.” That’s why I perked up when I discovered a brilliant multi-author project–The Trust Chronicles. I asked my client, Amanda …

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Backdoor to Literary Representation

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

So. . . you need a literary agent. You know you’ve got a knock-em-dead manuscript but now you have to find an agent willing to represent you. You’ve done everything right. You’ve gone to the agency website …

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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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Why Do Readers Connect with You Online?

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Twitter and Facebook Tips

I think many authors need to be reminded why a reader connects with him or her beyond the book, especially through social media. I’ve recently seen such a focus by authors on promotion …

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Are Book Awards Important?

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Springtime is book awards time. Finalists are being named; winners are being announced. Does winning a contest or an award make a difference in a writer’s career?

My basic answer is: Yes, it does make a difference …

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One Writer’s Journey: Waiting

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule

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

One of the most frustrating aspects of the publishing life is all the waiting around you have to do. Over on my personal blog, I recently wrote about …

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Library Insider: How Has a Library Touched Your Life?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

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

First things first, let me announce the winner from yesterday’s contest, in which each person who made a comment was entered the win the drawing. The winner …

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