Writing Life

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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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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