Writing Life

What has built your confidence as a writer?

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Every writer is on a journey and most author journeys are full of ups and downs. For you to have come to the place that you call yourself a writer, read publishing blogs, and let other people …

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Let the Juggling Begin

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

This week my daughter emailed a photo of our dear grandchildren forming the dough for our family’s most cherished Christmas cookies. My first thought when I saw it was, Really . . . you’re that on top

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Think YOU Don’t Like Pass Letters?

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I don’t like pass letters any more than you do. Here’s a look at some that have hit my inbox:

“It felt like a class research paper at times.”

“I like the plot and hate the execution.”

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Creativity & Cleaning Toilets

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I’m feeling inspired and ready to creatively tackle a complex project I’ve needed to tackle for a long time. My muse, you ask? Why I spent the weekend cleaning out storage units, reorganizing the pantry and cleaning …

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When Critiques Conflict

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

What do you do when one critique partner loves your book and the other just doesn’t get it? Or when two editors at different houses ask you to change different parts of your manuscript and you aren’t …

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The Publishing Roller Coaster

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Just when we think the industry might be settling down for a while, we learn of another publishing house acquisition here or discontinuation of a line (usually fiction) there. Add staff changes and career re-directions to the …

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Wishing I Didn’t Love Krispy Kremes

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Do you enjoy reading memoirs? I’m a huge fan—I enjoy reading stories about people’s lives, books like Wild (Cheryl Strayed), Brain on Fire (Susannah Cahalan), and Carry On Warrior (Glennon Melton). I’m fascinated by the diversity and …

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Why You Should Read Bad Books

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

While we readers are constantly on the hunt for the penultimate book that satisfies to the core, we spend a lot of time reading books of a lesser nature. I wonder if we’re garnering as much …

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Create a Professional Persona

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

I’m away at our agency’s bi-annual client retreat and won’t be able to respond to your comments today. But I hope this topic on how to create a professional persona for industry professionals will generate lots of …

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Retreat

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

As this blog goes live the agents and a good portion of the clients of Books & Such Literary Management are attending the fourth biennial retreat at the gorgeous Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa on Cannery Row …

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