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Create a Professional Persona

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

I’m away at our agency’s bi-annual client retreat and won’t be able to respond to your comments today. But I hope this topic on how to create a professional persona for industry professionals will generate lots of …

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Optimism Is Contagious

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

I try to keep up with publishing trends in order to advise clients knowledgeably and report new developments to all of you. For some time news updates have been sobering. But we won’t rehash. Today is a …

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Seven Years as an Agent

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

October marks the 7th anniversary of when I became an agent with Books & Such! When I first started, I’d go to conferences, and people would remark on how young I looked. I don’t hear that much …

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A Writing Entrepreneur

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

We talk often talk about the craft of writing and aspects of the writing life here on the Books & Such blog. Today, I want to view you as a writing entrepreneur and talk about what that …

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What Did You Learn on Your First Job?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Labor Day seems like the perfect day to ponder what your first job taught you. For me, my first job was–wait for it–bun-dabber at an A&W Root Beer Stand. I don’t recall if that was my …

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Getting through a Creative Dry Spell

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Our greatest desire for this blog is to provide fresh information and perspective on the life and business of writing. It’s no small task to do this consistently. Occasionally, okay speaking for myself, more often than you …

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Why Sales Numbers and Platform Aren’t as Important as Publishers Think

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Wendy apologizes that you aren’t reading a blog post from her today. She’s traveling and posting blogs, remembering what day it is, that sort of thing, flitted right out of her brain. She’ll be back next …

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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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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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Restart a Stalled Writing Career

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Five years ago I blogged about the much-dreaded stalled writing career. The market has become even tougher since then so I want to revisit this. Today I’m going to give you some tips for getting back on …

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