The Right Number of Words

More times than I’d like, my office must send out letters advising aspiring authors that their manuscripts are too short or too long. Much of the time, the author is talented but hasn’t investigated the market well enough to know if the word count is right. Submitting a project that’s …

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Speak up! Ask a Question!

Every week, we at the agency craft blogs to give you insights, counsel, and even a laugh or two in relation to the mercurial world of publishing. Sometimes, though, I wonder if there are questions you have for which you can’t find answers or guidance. So a couple of times …

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Writing to Men

In Christian publishing, since most readers are women, Christian books for men are treated as a niche market. Women are the primary market worthy of the most focus, and men are an afterthought if they are thought of at all. Publishing is a business and it doesn’t make sense to …

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Why Do You Go to Conferences?

A great question was sent the other day and thought it would help explain the other side of the table, so to speak. Steve? Why do you go to conferences? You have big agency with a lot of clients already. That is an excellent question and one that I get …

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I Hate Rejecting Great Books!

If you, as an author, feel beaten down by several rejections, perhaps you have this image of an agent reading your submission: (Agent sits down at computer, armed with a steaming cup of Uber Expensive Coffee.) “It is now time to go through my submissions!” (Agent rolls up sleeves and …

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What’s My (Last) Line?

Here are the sources of the last lines I shared last week: “Maybe loving dogs… “A Big Little Life, Dean Koontz’s book about his Golden retriever, Trixie. Actually, the ending “The sign now includes…:” comes from the afterword of that same book. Yeah, I cheated. But I thought they both …

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Plan Your Social Media Messaging (aka Dog Wags Tail)

Blogging and creating material for your social media can either control you or you can control it. There is no deep spiritual application on this issue. It is simply effective time management and discipline. Manage it, or it will manage you. It’s like a student who stays up all night …

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