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Practice Safe Blurbing

Posted by on Sep 25, 2019 in 2019, articles | 0 comments

I recently bought Shari Lapena’s The Couple Next Door, in part because of its Gone Girl-esque cover but mostly because it had some of the most impressive testimonials I’ve ever seen: NPR (“Exquisitely torturous tension”), Booklist (“hard to put down”), Sue Grafton (“Beautifully rendered and unrelenting”), and...

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Be the Captain of Your Author Voyage

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 in 2019, articles | 0 comments

I just read Heather Demetrios’s Medium article “How to Lose a Third of a Million Dollars Without Really Trying.” It begins: If just one person had sat me down when I signed my first book contract and explained how publishing works … I would have made much sounder financial and creative decisions. I would have set a foundation for a...

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