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Five Tips for Brainstorming the Perfect Title

Research titles in your genre. Zoom by Amazon and take a look at your genre’s bestseller list. What do the top twenty titles have in common? Write down the ones that particularly pop out at you and note the elements … Continue reading

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Things to Avoid for a Pristine Query Letter

 We are selling our work when we approach any gatekeeper, an editor, an agent, a contest judge. Here are little things to avoid so you’ll look like the professional you are.  Don’t tell the gatekeeper you always wanted to write. … Continue reading

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Don’t Get Rejected Before Publishers Even Read a Word

People who work in book publishing always have a ridiculous amount of reading to get through. I once worked on what is pejoratively termed the “slush pile” in the HarperCollins fiction department, where I would often be the first reader. … Continue reading

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Your Query Letter

Basic red flags that all publishers despise… 1. Formality—you’d be surprised to hear that simply how the query looks hugely affects the reader’s opinion of whether or not the project is worthy. Besides just basic letter formatting, even in e-mail … Continue reading

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New Guest Blog

Beginning this week, Friday, May 22, I will have a guest blog about writing and/or publishing. These blogs, by invitation only, will be carefully vetted for content applicability and author background.

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Query/Pitch/Synopsis

Queries, pitches and synopses are different things. A query is a one-page letter that explains what you’ve written, who you are, and why the agent should represent you or publisher should consider your book. In a query letter will be … Continue reading

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