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Are Writers Being Shorted with the new James Patterson approach?

What’s this “the shorter the better” all about in publishing these days? James Patterson jumped on that bandwagon–and is racing off! Publishers are also seeking shorter books. Short fiction is no longer ONLY a testing ground for new writers–here are the facts.

Writers: Is Your Window Open?

People often have specific experiences or unique perspectives they want to share with the world. Yet something holds them back. The fact is: People WANT to hear what you have to say. Writing your story, in your way, with your unique flavor, is the freshest breath of air you’ll ever experience. Open that window on your life and share!

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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Your Writer’s Blog to Book Ecosystem

Take a lesson from Harvard Business—without attending classes—and you can have a leg up on your writing competition. Writers need to know what to do BEFORE they write. Becoming a writer is more than just learning the steps to writing…
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