Writing Life

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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How to Respond to Alarming Changes

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

This week I read a couple of online articles about the plight of the contemporary writer. In “Farewell to the Golden Age,” legendary author Philip Yancey summarizes the changes in publishing, both from his personal …

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Restart a Stalled Writing Career

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Five years ago I blogged about the much-dreaded stalled writing career. The market has become even tougher since then so I want to revisit this. Today I’m going to give you some tips for getting back on …

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7 (Bad) Habits of Highly Successful Authors

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

We spend a lot of time on this blog giving you tips on becoming a successful author. But what if you have a few… shall we say… weaknesses? Can you have a few bad habits and still …

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Which College Major Prepares Me to Write?

Wendy Lawton

 

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I received the email below a couple of weeks ago. As I began to answer this I decided I should tackle the answer here and then let you chew on this with me and help me …

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Unusual Places for Plotting Ideas

Michelle Ule

 

Blogger: Michelle Ule, filling in for Mary Keeley who is traveling this week.

Where do your best plotting ideas come from?

I, for one, get some of my best plotting ideas while sitting in the pew at church.

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