Writing Life

Is Your Writing Getting in the Way of Your Reading?

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule

Sitting in for Rachel Kent and the rest of the Books & Such agents as they prepare for our biennual writer’s retreat next week.

I’m not reading the same way I used to. How about you?

Has …

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This Post is For the Ones You Love

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I frequently hear from writers who are working hard to make their publishing dreams come true—but their significant others are not quite on board. These writers are being persistent, learning the craft, and building their platform. But …

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Bad Advice

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

PET PEEVE: People giving or passing along bogus career advice. I know. I know. It’s a  symptom of our culture to dispense advice, wanted or unwanted, and some of us can’t help ourselves. After all, what is …

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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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Not This One

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the most difficult words for a writer to hear from an agent or from editors who’ve looked at his or her manuscript is, “Not this one”.

I can almost see the words running through the …

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When Doubt Niggles

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

You know the feeling. You’re plugging along feeling like you’re doing okay, and then a disruptive thought pops forward from the back of your mind, haunting, accusing: This isn’t good enough. What were you thinking? The Bible …

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The Legend of the Movie Deal

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

If you’ve written a novel or memoir, chances are you’ve dreamed of it becoming a movie. It’s so visual, you think. So dramatic! It’s even better than [insert name of box office hit].

Hey, I agree …

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Reversing the Deadly Effects of Long-Term Sitting

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

A few years ago, I was shocked when a friend said, “Sitting is the new smoking.” What!? I spend my days…sitting. Once I land at my desk, I forget to move. It doesn’t even occur to …

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Goals and Long-Range Planning

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

I have a confession to make. Today’s blog is an update of a post I did last year at this time. I realized about midnight that the blog I had scheduled for today is too similar to …

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Be Diligent and Let Your Agent Do the Talking

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Publisher mistakes happen. Oversights occur. Disagreements with your publishing team take place. Delays cause negative ripple effects. Any one of these can have a detrimental, sometimes devastating, effect on your book during the production process. Not if

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