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Thank You, Authors!

Steve Laube and I were discussing recent contracts and that conversation further underscored a thought that led me to write this post. Success is not about us, but about our authors.

  • Thank you, Authors! For laboring over your books. Each day, you must sit in front of a blank white screen and fill it with words. Good words. Words that will touch, inspire, convict, and uplift.
  • Thank you, Authors! For asking us to be the ones to open doors for you. Yes, we work with the editors and publishers. And yes, we stand behind you, putting both your name and our name on the line when we submit your work. But first, you had to trust us with your hard-earned words.
  • Thank you, Authors! For caring about your readers. We appreciate the desire to please them, and the passion you bring to your work.
  • Thank you, Authors! For your faith journey. Because when all is said and done (and read), the Lord is the One we are trying to please. Whether you write for the Christian market or the general market, you are writing with your Christian worldview as the core of your being.

Your turn:

What current author would you like to thank, in particular?

What author inspires you most?

What would you say to an author you’d like to thank?

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How to Be A Reader’s Favorite Author

Last week in this space, I wrote about how you could become a publisher’s favorite author (other than selling millions of books).  Today, we’ll go a little different direction and talk about what you would need to do to become a favorite author to your readers. A key difference between …

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How to Be A Publisher’s Favorite Author

Three years ago, Seth Godin published his book Linchpin.  Since I follow Seth’s books and blog as a personal and professional challenge, I read it and was inspired by it’s concepts. In it, Godin speaks about some of the new realities in business relationships.  There used to be management and …

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How Can You Manage So Many Clients?

by Steve Laube

I am frequently asked this question. It is perfectly understandable as many agencies carry a sizeable list of clients. A prospective client or even an existing one wonders, “Will this agent or agency have time for me?”

We post a list of our clients on the web site because we are honored to work with so many gifted people. Not every agency makes their client list public. It is neither right nor wrong, it is merely a preference. As of this morning we have over 150 clients on our roster.

Proper management of a client base is all about communication and work flow. The best metaphor I’ve been able to use to describe how a literary agency works is “We are like a major airline that is always overbooked but never flies full. But if everyone show up at the gate at the same time, we would be in serious trouble.”

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Harris Poll Surprises Authors

Today the Harris Poll released the results of a survey of America’s Reading Habits. Every writer should read the article and think about the big picture.

The Harris Poll Article

I normally eschew poll results. The sampling is always so small to proclaim far reaching pronouncements about whatever topic is at hand. In this case there were only 2,775 participants.

Regardless, I found it fascinating that the Mystery/Thriller genre was named the number one choice for reading. The general rule of thumb is that Romance is the #1 genre. We could argue that one all day long.

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