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CONTENT

To help the author develop and create the best book possible. Material that has both commercial appeal and long-term value.

CAREER

To help the author determine the next best step in their writing career. Giving counsel regarding the subtleties of the marketplace as well as the realities of the publishing community.

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To help the author secure the best possible contract. One that partners with the best strategic publisher and one that is mutually beneficial for all parties involved.

Recent Posts

Writing Contests: Panacea or Waste?

At a recent conference, a lovely writer who had finaled in a contest but wasn’t chosen as the winner asked if she could still submit a proposal to me. I told her “Yes! Of course!”

Her question brought to mind the role contests play in a writer’s career. I’m asked questions about contests at least once a month. I’ll try to answer two key questions here.

Should I Enter?

When considering whether to enter a contest, think about your career goals. Does the contest make sense for the type of book you write? A quick look at past winners may give you a clue as to the value of the particular contest for you.

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News You Can Use – Oct. 11, 2011

Inside Scoop on Publishing – Three editors bring a fresh take on the subject of today’s market

Your Book Still Has to be Amazing – Literary Agent Scott Eagan makes a strong case. He is right on the money.  I quote“…this is probably the biggest change we are seeing right now in publishing. It isn’t the fact that we see the e-reader technology taking over, but a change in the way the readers are finding the books.”

Free Audio Lectures on Lit! – This is an amazing resource. Hear Tony Reinke discuss the material behind four chapters from his new book Lit!: A Christian Guide to Reading Books.

How Publishing is Like a 7th Grad Dance – Brilliant post by Mary DeMuth.

Issues Facing a Digital Transition – Excellent, but all to brief, interview with Tom Bozeman about some of the complex things publishers must deal with.

Author Philosophy 101 – Katie Ganshert asks some great questions.

15 Frequently Confused Pairs of Verbs – Are you guilty? I see this more than you care ever imagine.

Marketing for Insecure Writers – Don’t be afraid to admit you read this one.

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Fun Fridays – Oct. 7, 2011

What is Your Favorite Candy?

Need a break from a tough week? Play the Candy Smackdown game. Then tell us both your final four and your ultimate winner in the comments below.

In case you are wondering, last year’s overall winner “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup” has been retired from the competition (placed in the Candy Hall of Fame) to insure there are no repeat winners.

Either click the picture below or go to this link for the larger PDF file: 2011 candy-smackdown-bracket

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Conference Proposal Requests

The recent ACFW conference (attended by nearly 700 writers and industry professionals) has writers, agents, and editors in overdrive as we all attempt to follow up on conference proposal requests. Writers are working feverishly to get proposals to editors. Some are thinking, “Surely the editor who seemed so excited about my proposal is checking email at least once or twice a day looking for it. I must, must, must get the proposal out today!”

Not so fast

Our word is our bond, and we feel responsible when we promise to submit a proposal as soon as we can. Accountability is to be commended. Editors and agents appreciate conscientious writers. However, most of us are looking for a writer’s proposal under certain conditions, and those conditions are usually quite urgent in the careers of writers already established with us. From my perspective, conference requests are different. Here are a few examples:

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