Writing Life

Maundy Thursday and Beyond

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Thursday of Holy Week—Maundy Thursday—is a day when Christians prepare our hearts for what tomorrow through Sunday signifies for us. I can think of nothing more important to blog about today.

The word “Maundy” is derived from …

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12 Keys to Connecting with Readers

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

The whole idea of building a platform and marketing your book is to get people to read what you’ve written. Whether you’re traditionally or self-published, connecting with potential readers is crucial. There are many good ways to …

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Conference Graces

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Mount Hermon ushers in the busiest writers conference season from now through autumn, and many of you will be making your way there today. Be sure to introduce yourself to Janet and Wendy when you see them. …

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Confusing Agent Behavior

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Reader Laurie wrote: A friend of mine has an agent interested in her first novel, but the agent has not made an offer of representation.  Instead she has asked my friend to hire a book editor (done),

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You Deserve a Break Today

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Many of you are either smack dab in the middle of Spring break or getting ready for it. If you have school age children you are even more aware of this pause in our regular schedule. For …

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The Excitement (and Commitment) of Novel Research

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule, substituting for Rachelle Gardner who is on the road today

(Note: Some readers will think all the Books & Such Agents are fanning out across America to clean house as per the April 1 post. Joke! The …

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Is your project ready to submit?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Recently I received two queries that I thought held promise. So I asked to see the proposals and first chapters. On close inspection, I found both projects weren’t ready to be submitted. As I list the …

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Platform Isn’t Enough

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

Most people understand that it’s difficult to promote a book without first having a platform. However…

A platform is not enough.

To sell copies of your book, you have to actually promote the book.

Shocking, huh?…

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Interview with Rachel Kent

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I am looking forward to the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal Conference in April, and I was asked to participate in an interview as a personal introduction for the conferees. Kirk Kraft, the interviewer, told me that I …

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You Asked, We Answer

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I receive countless questions every day through the blog, email and Twitter. Here are a few of them, and my quick answers.

I have queried multiple agents. One agent has requested a full manuscript and three

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