Renewed Optimism: Pitching Your Novel

Okay, so I know I was being a crybaby about pitching my newest project at my last posting. I shouldn’t be. I’m old enough to handle pain and rejection. I had two babies without so much as a Tylenol. But when it comes to rejection, well, it’s always painful. I’ve talked about the biology of …
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11 Steps for Your On-Site Book Launch

A launch party signals your book is available for purchase, and you want to introduce it with as big a splash as possible. To be clear, this is a launch primarily, not a book signing per se. More goes on than at a signing. All book launches include book signing, but not all book signings …
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Writing the Perfect Query, Again

As summer ends and thoughts of autumn come to mind I take a page from Heather’s blog. Having worked in the education field for thirty-three years and been a student for nearly my entire life before that, I always think of September as a time of beginnings. I’ve just finished a new novel and know …
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Book Cover Art: Did You Get What You Paid For?

About a year ago I started to notice how all the Kindle books started to look alike. At first I thought it was just the nature of genre fiction. After all, one pair of lovers looks pretty much like every other pair of lovers. However, once I started paying attention, and did some digging, I …
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10 Steps to Launch Your Book Virtually

Around the Write on Sisters water cooler we’ve been having conversations about marketing and book promotions. For some of us, it is our current reality for others of us, marketing and promotion are future issues. But for all of us, we are still learning and trying to figure out what to do when and how. …
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Overcoming the Rejection Blues

Introducing Callie Armstrong. She will be joining us on alternating Fridays. Please give her a big Writeonsisters welcome! When I decided to get serious about writing I began to study short stories and read them more than I read anything else, feeding my increasing desire to create whole worlds in a few thousand words. I …
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First Book Angst

Please welcome back our regular guest blogger Kathy Weyer.  We’re thrilled to have her here today because she’s sharing some big news… Well, I did it. After much angst and heavy thinking, as though this were a life or death decision, I have signed a contract with a publisher for my first book. Hooray for …
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It IS a Wonderful Life!

Every family has some honored traditions at this time of year, and for many, pulling out dusty copies of a favorite holiday film numbers among them. In my house, we watch that movie snuggled up under blankets, with big bowls of popcorn and mugs of frothy hot chocolate. My kids will likely choose It’s a …
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The Question is? The Elements of a Great Query Letter

Learning how to write a great query letter is almost as important as writing a must-read manuscript. If you don’t have a fabulous query letter the chances of ever hearing those wonderful words: “Send me your full manuscript!” are just about nil. When I finished my first novel, I searched the Internet for a query …
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Avoid Rejections by Making Sure Your MS is Agent Worthy

So, you’ve written a novel. Let’s admit it. Writing a book is hard. How many people have told you they’ve been thinking of writing a book too. And they say it like they mean it. But they don’t. And writing may be hard, but editing is downright painful; and knowing when you “finished” is nearly …
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