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15 Things I Learned After Reading 100 Query Letters

15 Things I Learned After Reading 100 Query Letters A few weeks ago was the submission review period for the annual RevPit contest. During this review period, each editor has one week to review submissions from authors in order to make their final pick to work on one manuscript for the next five weeks. The […]

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Practical Tips for Rewriting your Novel: Free Workshop

Practical Tips for Rewriting your Novel: Free Workshop Finishing even a single draft of a book is a huge accomplishment. But now you must see your manuscript through multiple revisions and drafts. No one writes the perfect book in one shot. You must open yourself up to making changes, listening to feedback, and understanding critiques if […]

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5 Reasons You Need an In-Depth Critique

5 Reasons You Need an In-Depth Critique Criticism is something many of us shy away from. Who wants to hear what they are doing wrong? Praise is where it’s at! Right? Maybe not. Criticism, in the most constructive way, makes us stronger—makes our writing, our voice, and our stories stronger. Before I give you five […]

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Hook ‘em Hard (Part Three)

A 3-Part Series on the Book Selling Process Hook ‘em Hard (Part Three) This is a three-part series on getting a reader to buy your book. Be sure to read part one and part two.  As you’ll recall from our last blog post, the third thing that sells a reader on your book is the […]

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NaNoWriMo is Done. Now What?

Guest post by Nikki Busch National Novel Writing Month, known as NaNoWriMo, is over. Whether you completed all 50,000 words or made it halfway, be proud! Now that the challenge is done, there’s hard work ahead. Take Your Time The month of November likely flew by, but the time you take to revise your draft […]

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Self-Publishing or Traditional: Which One is Right for You?

@KatieMcCoach FOR THOSE WHO are planning to self-publish a book, you may have heard by now that self-publishing is a business. It’s your business, and treating your business with professionalism and enlisting in the required help will help your business (books) succeed. For those seeking agent representation, this idea also holds true, however a publisher […]

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