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Genre Glue

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

This has been a puzzling week. Conversations with authors revealed that a few of them were brainstorming new book ideas in a different genre. Tremors in the industry or the feeling of being stuck may have precipitated …

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Test Your Observation Skills

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

We make assumptions all the time. Writers sometimes jump to conclusions about their audience. Or about an inference from an agent or editor. Agents sometimes have a false hunch about a potential client. Test your observation skills …

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The Fifty Shades of Grey Effect

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

In 2013, I wrote the blog below about how the book Fifty Shades of Grey
affected publishing and reading habits. Now, with the upcoming release of the film, and therefore, more readers rushing out to buy

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The Writing Prompts Doors to Open

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Someone mentioned in a recent blog comment that they appreciate the variety of topics we blog about here. That’s our goal. We strive to offer a well-rounded blend of insights on new topics or a fresh slant …

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Your Inner Author Nagging

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

An email a few days ago explained the alert beeping in the back of my mind that I’ve been dismissing since the holidays. We all have these nigglings from time to time that hint something is awry. …

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The Authorpreneur

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Experts have posted a horde of prognostication-type articles in the past several weeks. It’s always like this at the beginning of a new year. I’ve read a lot of them, not only those directly associated with publishing …

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3 Tips for Your Marketing Campaign

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Our office is closed for the holidays so we can spend the holidays with our families. This post is from our archives, and is one of our “Best of.” We’ll return with new posts when the office …

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Establishing Your Unique Author Brand

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Last week I blogged on identifying your unique brand, and we had a lively discussion. Picking up on that interaction, this week I’ll offer tips on establishing your unique brand once you have defined it clearly.…

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Placing Debut Projects: A Joy of Agenting

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

One of my favorite things to do is to call a debut client to tell him or her that we received an offer. It’s such a delight to share in the moment when that author’s dreams become …

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2015, A Year for Hope

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Inevitably, December sneaks in through the back door while we’re still cleaning up the dining room after Thanksgiving. Rude, isn’t it. In another week, editors will cease entertaining submissions and focus on finishing current projects before taking …

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