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To Build a Career, Give ‘Em What They Want

Nordstroms is a department store with a well-deserved reputation for providing not only quality goods but also quality service. Customer loyalty to the store is legendary. Associates are schooled in “the care and feeding” of customers.

 

Okay. You get it. Nordstroms is a great store. (And no, I’m not

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6 Steps to Fewer Rejection Letters

Most writers have weathered rejections.  I know I have.  For every acceptance I receive, I can count five to ten rejections.  I’ve learned to live with this. (Mostly.)  However, there are ways of minimizing rejections.

“I can’t control whether an editor likes my story,” an inexperienced writer may object.

Not

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Take Chances To Get Published

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In an editorial several years ago, I described a tree house in the backyard of a local restaurant. I wrote, “The entire structure has been pieced together from recycled lumber, much of which still bears the paint, logos or posters of the original walls from whence it came. The generous

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How to Decode a Rejection Letter

You know you’re a writer when you get your first rejection letter. It’s an inevitable part of the process. And it stinks. After you yell, or cry, or curse out the editor who clearly doesn’t know a good thing when he sees it, it’s time to decipher exactly what that rejection letter means.

Video: The Insider’s Method of Finding a Literary Agent

Agents are some of publishing’s true heroes.  They’re also among the hardest-working folks we know.  In their honor, we’ve prepared a video that will help make their lives easier — and your career more successful.

We’ve got a little-known technique for finding  literary agents who are accepting new clients, along

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Assembling the Perfect Submissions Packet

You’re now at an exciting time in the submissions process. You've polished your manuscript, researched appropriate publishers and studied their submission guidelines. Now you're finally going to send your manuscript out into the world to be read by editors.

Publishers will specify on their guidelines exactly

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How To Analyze a Publisher’s Catalog

Before submitting your work, it’s essential that you study publishers’ lists to find the best fit for your manuscript. Your first stop is Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market published by Writer’s Digest Books. Note which publishers do the type of book you’ve written, and are also accepting submissions from new

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Formatting Poetry for Submission

If you’re submitting a rhyming text to a book publisher, you’re going to format a bit differently than prose formatting.  For books written in verse, using a full double-space between lines might make the text too loose and hard to read. Instead, use 1.5 spaces within the verses, and double

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Get Ready to Submit!

You’ve written your manuscript, received feedback from knowledgeable  sources, and incorporated any revisions you agreed were necessary. Now you’ll tick off those final items on your to-do list before dropping your manuscript in the mail.

 


Polish with a Final Edit

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Step-by-Step: Writing a Perfect Query Letter

You've got 10 seconds to hook an editor.  Here's how to do it:

In a perfect world, you'd be able to pitch your manuscript to an editor over a leisurely cup of coffee. But we're forced to inhabit the real world, where you've got about 10 seconds to hook an