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Book Review: The Yoga of Max’s Discontent by Karan Bajaj

@KatieMcCoach About the book: In this captivating and surprising novel of spiritual discovery—a No. 1 bestseller in India—a young American travels to India and finds himself tested physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Max Pzoras is the poster child for the American Dream. The child of Greek immigrants who grew up in a dangerous New York housing […]

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Why You Should Work with an Editor Before Pitching an Agent

Sending your manuscript out to agents and editors for possible representation and publication is exciting, but mostly terrifying. You hope that your query will make a good enough impression and that an agent will be intrigued and request the full manuscript! How do you guarantee yourself the best chance of hooking — and then landing […]

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How An Editor Sees It (#10queries)

I am taking part in an awesome event for writers called Pitch to Publication. It’s run by Samantha Fountain, and she’s amazing for setting this up. In short, this event matches writers with editors and agents with the goal of selling a manuscript at the end. The first part of this event is the selection […]

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How To Feel Like Writing Again

Guest post by Ryan Lanz We’ve all felt it at one time or another. The story loses its shine and you’re left with a half-completed story. Why does this happen, and how do you continue? For a lot of writers, this is the mid-point of the story, but truly, it can happen at any point. […]

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What Makes a Reader and Character Connect

Guest post by Ryan Lanz How does a reader connect with a character? This is a well-debated question, and one that many authors have asked themselves. It can mean the difference between a novel’s life and death. “Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more […]

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