Writing Life

The Perfect Title

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

An editor contacted me this week to inquire about a client’s proposal. The editorial team is interested in the author’s nonfiction book but asked if she’d be willing to tweak her approach slightly and give it a …

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You’ve Got the Power

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Authors working with a traditional publisher can sometimes find themselves in situations they feel are out of their control. Fortunately when you have an agent, you’re NOT powerless. You have someone to whom you can turn—someone who …

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Four Elements That Make a Book a High Concept

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

If you had 1-3 sentences in which to convince someone to buy your book, what would you say?

Your answer reveals your manuscript’s high concept. High concept is a phrase used in the film industry for

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Writing on a Full Tank

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

My well-being tank is full. A week away with family has done it for me. And now I’m eager to be back at work. Likewise, writers need to take regular breaks to recharge. Writing on a full …

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Write Emails that Don’t Drive People Crazy

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Have you noticed that email volume is reaching crisis proportions? The ease of email causes people to be careless about how they use it. Apparently businesses lose billions of dollars a year due to loss of productivity …

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When Comparison is Good

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

When you’re trying to interest an agent or publisher in your book, you’re often asked to provide “comps” — other books that could be compared to yours, or books that might compete with yours. A good book …

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You Know You’re a Dysfunctional Writer When…

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

This week I’m rushing to send out proposals to editors and cross off as many other things as I can on my self-propagating to-do list. So much to do before going on vacation tomorrow for a week. …

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How to Find an Agent

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I asked readers on my Facebook page for questions they’d like me to answer on the blog. It seems many are dying to know the secret to getting an agent.

Stephanie asked: What is the single most

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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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Do Writing Contests Help Your Career?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Recently, one of my clients emailed that two of her stories had placed near the top in a writing contest and would be included in an upcoming anthology. An editor’s note soon followed confirming that all three …

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