Writing Life

A list of publishing items to take your time on.

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

We’re always in such a hurry. Running the publishing race and jumping its many hurdles. Getting things done and doing them quickly is great, but there are certain areas where it’s a good idea to slow down …

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Are You a Lone Ranger Writer?

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

In publishing, we’re constantly asking writers—typically a rather introverted bunch—to get involved, to engage, to network, to join groups and go to conferences. I often find myself wondering how many of you cringe every time you hear …

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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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Identifying Your Unique Brand

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Often I talk to writers who are confused about the necessity of author branding and what goes into determining their unique brand. The quick answer is that the best way to guard your author identity is to …

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Slow and Steady

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I just walked in the door from accompanying Julie Klassen, one of my authors, on a week-long book tour. One of the best things about spending time in bookstores is that, among all the readers there to …

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Balancing Writing and Family During the Holidays

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

We are well into the holiday season already! Wow. I’m still shocked that it is December and we have 20 days until Christmas! The holidays are a time to refresh and recharge before we all jump into …

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Develop a Business Mindset

Rachelle Gardner

Recently we had a Books & Such gathering in which several guest speakers spoke to our authors about marketing, social media, and the business of publishing. It all probably seemed a little overwhelming, and finally a writer asked, “What is …

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3 Steps for Making Copy Edits Less Dramatic

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule

Filling in for Wendy Lawton, who is traveling on business today.

When I finished writing my first  novella,I felt proud about completing it several weeks before the deadline. I tweaked it a bit here and there, used …

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Looking for Opportunities

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I love the story of Arthur the stray dog! Perhaps you’ve seen it in the news, too? Arthur joined a team racing 430 miles in the Amazon jungle after he was fed a canned meatball by …

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Happy Thanksgiving

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Despite the death of roughly half the Pilgrims during the first harsh winter of the Plymouth colony, the grieving survivors celebrated several days of thanksgiving to God for his care and bountiful harvest the next year. Though …

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