Writing Life

Be Diligent and Let Your Agent Do the Talking

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Publisher mistakes happen. Oversights occur. Disagreements with your publishing team take place. Delays cause negative ripple effects. Any one of these can have a detrimental, sometimes devastating, effect on your book during the production process. Not if

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A Winning Strategy

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Agents often remind writers to be patient during the journey to representation. But it doesn’t stop there. We continue to remind our clients on their journey to publication…or re-publication…as well. This isn’t only wise advice or a …

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How Fear of Failure Holds You Back

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I’ve been pondering an article I read recently entitled, What Children Can Teach Us About Risk, Failure, and Personal Growth.It brought to the fore an aspect about myself I like to keep tucked away: …

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A Writing Entrepreneur

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

We talk often talk about the craft of writing and aspects of the writing life here on the Books & Such blog. Today, I want to view you as a writing entrepreneur and talk about what that …

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Keeping Yourself Motivated to Write

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

What motivates you to keep writing? We are all faced with the ups and downs that come on the roller coaster of publishing, but when we get discouraged it can be tempting to just give up. Here …

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Getting through a Creative Dry Spell

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Our greatest desire for this blog is to provide fresh information and perspective on the life and business of writing. It’s no small task to do this consistently. Occasionally, okay speaking for myself, more often than you …

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Setting My Own Yardstick for Success

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

I had an interesting revelation recently, regarding the topic of comparison. I was going to meet someone I hadn’t met before, at their house, and I was nervous. Will their house be more beautiful than mine?

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False Promises

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Once in a while we will lose a client due to false promises or false praise offered by another agent or industry professional. It’s easy to fall for these and other false promises:

  • You shouldn’t be wasting
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The Work/Family Balance: Getting rid of the guilt

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time feeling guilty. I’m either not working hard enough, or I’m not a good wife, or housekeeper, or mother, or dog owner. I’m actually a terrible …

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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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