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Quit Writing to Stop Procrastinating! Huh?

Procrastination is a demon in any writer’s life. So why quit writing to avoid it? Here’s a 5-step “Quit” trick that will find you writing more productively. Procrastination comes in many guises, but here are two that I see often…
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Tricks to Killer Query Letters

Need a killer query letter for agents or publishers? Queries can be tough! Try these tricks so you can connect with publishing professionals to get a “Send more now!” response. First, realize that the statistics on queries are dreadful for most writers—rejection after rejection is…
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Is This the Definitive Way to Find YOUR Agent?

In my last post I offered the first rung of tried-and-true methods to find an agent.  Here are two alternative (and opposite) ways to land an agent–one may be the perfect to get one step closer to your book deal! Agents have…
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Can Writers Really Trust An Agent?

Are you about to take the “finding an agent” path? Are there any drawbacks to getting an agent to represent your book? Sure there are! Every opportunity involves potential problems. There are good reasons to seek an agent: A good agent can open…
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Alert: The Gamble AFTER Readers Buy Your Book—and How to Be a Winner

What happens to your book AFTER it’s purchased? Huh? Why should you care? Publishers now DO care—and make decisions on marketing based on how readers read books!  Too many writers concentrate only on: a colorful cover  clever title and hot action on…
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When Do Weak Characters Spell Publishing Success?

Is your protagonist charming? Uh-oh! That may seem good, but then why is it many successful protagonists are weak, sad or, at least to a degree, miserable characters? How come? Many books and movies focus on the little kid who needs…
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