Category: For Authors

Should You Self-Publish Your Book?
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Should You Self-Publish Your Book?

How to Decide – Thinking It Through For a lot of people who’ve struck out in finding an agent or publisher, or who have decided they want their book immediately, self-publishing looks like a great option. For some people, it is.  But for the vast majority, it is a subtle kiss of death for their [...]

The Surprising Value of Rejection Letters
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The Surprising Value of Rejection Letters

What it REALLY means when we (or anyone else) rejects your book by Wendy Keller If it’s happened again -we or another agency has rejected your project again, don’t get discouraged.  Don’t waste your time getting angry.  Certainly don’t deduce that we’re all idiots.  Don’t decided willy-nilly that you will just self-publish and prove us [...]

Multiple books in the body may cause indigestion.
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Surgical Removal Techniques for the Book Inside You

by Wendy Keller, Literary Agent It’s simple to determine whether or not you have a book inside. Most local hospitals will be happy to charge you for an MRI to help you decide. Normally, a trade book will appear on the scan at about 6×9 inches, half an inch thick, although a hard cover (which [...]

Get Your Own Column in 5 Steps or Less
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Get Your Own Column in 5 Steps or Less

By Wendy Keller, literary agent Getting a regular column – online or in print – is a phenomenal way to build your presence as an author or speaker.  A column certifies you as the subject matter expert and gives you a chance to interact with real people, test your content against their beliefs and preferences, and [...]

How to Write a Compelling Query Letter
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How to Write a Compelling Query Letter

The most important step in getting published is to push your way past the first gatekeepers – the literary agents. That’s done with a query letter – a letter inquiring about their level of interest in your proposed book. Now the bad news: most agents see hundreds of queries a week by mail and email! How do you differentiate yourself from this avalanche of queries? This article shows you how.

Editing Lessons from Tony Robbins and Gene Roddenberry
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Editing Lessons from Tony Robbins and Gene Roddenberry

Vicki and I were sitting in a charming but crowded coffee shop in Santa Monica. Vicki St George of JustWriteBooks has been a writer for the Tony Robbins organization for the decade plus I’ve known her, and she writes for several of my best selling clients, too. She said respectfully, “Tony’s a perfectionist. He goes [...]