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Competing for Readers

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the parts of the proposal that often stymies writers is the competitive analysis section. That’s where the writer is asked to tell what books are similar to his, while highlighting why his offers a different …

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The Value of a Book

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

If you have a moment, take a look at this video:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/11/maria-keller-books-1-million_n_4086011.html

It’s the story of 13-year-old Maria Keller who has gathered and donated more than 1 million books to needy children (and adults) all over the …

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How have your reading habits changed?

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

In the past few years, I’ve been drawn to books that I wouldn’t have been interested in when I was in my early-to-mid twenties. When I started as an agent with Books & Such, I was primarily …

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Your favorite 2013 book

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I’d like to cast one last look over the shoulder at 2013. Let’s talk about the best book each of us read last year.

At the beginning of 2012, I asked this question, and your answers …

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Does it make sense to publish digital only?

Janet Grant

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-print-book-e-book-old-vs-new-media-image19604894Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Various traditional publishers and self-publishing venues offer digital-only options to authors, but does it make sense to go that route?

Obviously the answer will differ for each writer’s particular circumstances, but as I read the most …

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Are We Done with Free Yet?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I’ve never bought into the idea of offering books for free. To quote Wendy Lawton, “Free is not a business plan.” But I’ve gone along with publishers’ proposals to offer clients’ titles for free for a …

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Reading Style–Deep or Wide?

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

A week or so ago I was discussing the reported across-the-board sales slowdown for newly released novels. Apart from buying habits of the chains and big box stores my theory is that front list is suffering because, …

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Fragmented fiction: A new kind of novel?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I read a fascinating blogpost this week entitled “The Rise of the Fragmented Novel” in which the author, Ted Giola, posits we’ve entered into a new era of a novel’s structure. Rather than a smooth narration, …

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The Fifty Shades of Grey Effect

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I’ve politely ignored Fifty Shades of Grey, dismissing it as erotica, which I neither read nor represent. But this past week, I startled myself into taking note of the book. After all, any series that …

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The best writing book

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

So many writing books exist that a writer could lull away many an hour reading about writing. Why, it’s the perfect way to avoid doing any actual writing! Today let’s help each other sort through the …

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