Four Priceless Perks of Attending a Writer’s Conference
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by Barb Roose
5d ago
One of my favorite comments to hear as an agent during a writer’s conference is when a first-time attendee says, “Oh wow. I’ve gotten way more out of this than I expected!” Signing up for a writer’s conference can be scary, especially when inflation and uncertainty can create a scarcity mindset in a writer’s mind. If your writing career or hobby is important to you, don’t ever stop investing in yourself. You are worth the investment! Today, I’m sharing four priceless perks that come with attending a writer’s conference that are often ignored or underestimated. Here’s what we usually consider w ..read more
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Writer Office Gossip
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by Cynthia Ruchti
1w ago
I remember the day I gave up gossip. For me, it was part of my spiritual journey. Every time I saw gossip in a list with murder, adultery, stealing, and other vile practices, I felt smugly “safe” from all the other vices except that one–gossip. When I say “gave up,” I mean that I made a conscious decision to be on the alert for, avoid listening to it, and avoid participating in gossip. How hard could that be? One of the perks of quitting my regular-paycheck job to work from home for far less income was the office gossip temptation disappeared. I worked solo, the only one in the office. With a ..read more
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New Year • New Challenge
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by Wendy Lawton
2w ago
Did you set a new challenge for the new year? A few months ago, I asked my primary care physician what I could do to remain cognitively sharp as I age,  He’s a young guy and the best doctor I’ve ever had. He scheduled an extended appointment to get a baseline for memory tests and other indicators of cognitive acuity. Taking these tests set my mind at ease. It’s a valuable yardstick for anyone over fifty. But he offered far more than the tests. He gave me a prescription for growing brain power. Even more important than retaining our mental capacity and creativity is to continue to grow our ..read more
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Let’s Talk about Our Favorite Read–2022
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by Janet Grant
3w ago
Here go, skipping off into a brand new year. But before we travel too far into 2023, I’m continuing my tradition of my first blog post each year being a retrospective of the books I dwelled within the year before. Two novels topped my list as favorites in 2022. Both were written by authors I’ve enjoyed in the past, and both were long journeys, one involving 592 pages and the other weighing in at a whopping 640 pages. But enough about their bulk. What are their titles? I’ll start off with my #2 favorite read of last year: The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. I had listed one of his other novels ..read more
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Sometimes it pays off to slow down
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by Rachel Kent
1M ago
We’re always in such a hurry. Running the publishing race and jumping its many hurdles. Getting things done and doing them quickly is great, but there are certain areas where it’s a good idea to slow down and do it right so that you can actually save time in the long run. 1) Editing–I have heard many authors need to power through writing the book to get it finished and once they finish they go back to edit. Don’t plow your way through the editing. Be sure to leave ample time before your deadline for your edits and revisions. This will save you time and will also save hours for your critiq ..read more
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After the Ink Dries: Three First Time Authors Share Their Publisher Journeys After the Contract is Signed
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by Barb Roose
1M ago
What is it really like after an author finally signs the first contract? Does someone from the publishing company give a newly contracted author a cigar and robe for writing and a golden key to lasting platform success? All of that would be nice, but no. Today, I’ve asked three of my Books & Such clients to share what’s happened in their writing journeys since signing contracts at some point this year. None of these authors experienced instant success. Each author persevered through revamping proposals, disappointing rejections and the need to grow their platforms. In Jenny Errlingson’s ca ..read more
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Is There a Perfect Time to Submit?
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by Wendy Lawton
1M ago
Ever since I became an agent, I’ve been trying to figure out the rhythm of this industry— the perfect time to submit proposals. Every industry has “seasons” and because we agents are always trying to second-guess things, we are ever vigilant in gathering observations. Two weeks ago, I sent out a proposal to four editors and immediately received four out-of-office replies. It made me think again about the perfect time to send proposals. One of the first things I noticed in this business was that editors seem to have two New  Year’s days—the first day back to work after the New Year and the ..read more
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Writing from a Place of Gratitude
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by Cynthia Ruchti
2M ago
What if writers stopped writing from a place of inspiration and instead wrote from a place of gratitude? As we turn the corner from a season marked by words like thanksgiving, thanks, grateful, Books & Such Literary Management doesn’t only want to express our gratitude for you who frequent or have stumbled upon this blog. We’d like to also explore what it might be like to view our writing from a place of gratitude. What if before our fingers touched the laptop keys waiting for them, we took time to fully feel and fully express our gratefulness?   Writing from a Place of Gratitude For ..read more
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Spiritual Warfare and the Ministry of the Christian Writer
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by Debbie Alsdorf
2M ago
“What kind of books do you write?” my neighbor asked. I told her a little of what I’ve written, smirking she said,”Oh, you’re a Christian author.” Afterwards I kept thinking of those two words, Christian author. I remembered  penning words and all the life labor that has gone into writing. The hard parts of my story opened up so others could find help in their hard. The smirks from family and friends that don’t understand why I do what I do. The pressing lies of the enemy whispering  I’m not good enough. As Christian writers we don’t write for a paycheck or because our lives are per ..read more
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How to get your manuscript into shape after NANOWRIMO.
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by Rachel Kent
2M ago
Are you participating in NANOWRIMO this year? I know at least one of my clients is. I hope you are all doing well with meeting your daily goals! As you work toward finishing your manuscript, it’s important to think about what to do with the project once November comes to an end. Hopefully you will have reached your goal of 50,000 words in the month of November, but it’s important to remember that reaching your goal doesn’t mean that your manuscript is done. Here’s what I suggest you do with your project after NANOWRIMO is over and before you start to submit your new manuscript: 1) Remember tha ..read more
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