Success

How to Know Your Book’s Audience

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Sometimes a book idea is born out of awareness of your reader’s need that you can meet. The audience is probably a lot like you, or your platform is developed around these folks.

But often, when …

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3 Attributes for a Successful Writing Career

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Magnificently written books that readers dive into and remember long after they turn the last page are the goal of all committed writers. But the road to that destination is almost always bumpy and loaded with detours …

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Wild Possibilities

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Publishing professionals often snicker when they hear authors dream about the day their book becomes an Oprah Pick. Or the jaded roll their eyes to hear that an author has created a list of actors to cast …

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5 ways for a writer to be more business savvy

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

When you think about your writing, does your mind slip into business mode or artistic mode? For most writers, the artistic side looms large. Of course they know that publishing is a business, but that doesn’t …

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Why 10,000 hours of practice isn’t enough

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Most of us have heard that, if we want to succeed at any activity, the best way to do so is to practice that activity for 10,000 hours. The title of this post suggests that 10,000 …

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Stop worrying about how to keep your job

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

At the Digital Book World Conference held in New York earlier this month, one presenter made a comment that I think is a guiding light to everyone engaged in the publishing industry. “Stop worrying about how

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Tips to help you have a successful 2014

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I loved Mary’s post from yesterday about how important attitude is for success. It’s always so hard to start back to work after a vacation without any grumbling, but Mary’s blog really helped me to see how …

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Launch 2014 Prepared for Success: It’s All about Attitude

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

The 2014 winter Olympics begins in five weeks. Athletes have overcome all sorts of competitive odds to land them a trip to Sochi, Russia for their ultimate chance to win a medal. Winners will be determined by …

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How to get to “yes”

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I recently discovered the #1 hardback New York Times best-seller, Humans of New York. The author, Brandon Stanton, began the book quite without a plan to create a book. He was new to NYC, didn’t …

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Are you afraid to succeed?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I’ve been thinking lately how often we choose not to succeed, despite our seemingly unending efforts to succeed. What’s with that?

I’m not just thinking about individuals but also about institutions.

Take publishers, for example. Here …

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