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Guest Post: The Pitch Wars Prize by Kristen Lepionka

I used to think online writing contests were for lucky people. You know the type I mean—some folks are just lucky, always winning free vacations, Goodreads giveaways, or hitting it big on a slot machine. Me? Not so much. I didn’t even win a free water bottle with my employer’s name printed on it, that time they gave away 6 of them at a meeting that only had 8 attendees. No big deal. I didn’t […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Author Life – Public vs. Private

A bit of a contentious topic this week, but JJ and Kelly discuss the boundaries between your public self and your private self and how that can affect your publishing career, including tips on what to do when your book is called out for harmful content. They also have tips about skincare, especially Korean beauty, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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What Counts as Previously Published?

I got an amazing query in my inbox this week. The premise hit all the right notes, the writing was fantastic, the characters were complex and compelling. I couldn’t hit reply fast enough to request the manuscript. But right before I hit send, I noticed that the author mentioned that the book had been posted on Wattpad and won an award there. Cue my heartbreak. Wattpad is a platform for authors to serially post their […]

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Twitter Pitching Like a Pro

Since there are a few of them coming up, this week I’m talking about Twitter pitch contests. There are a few posts around the web about pitching your books on Twitter, but with the addition every year of new pitch contests, it seemed time to make one happen here. There are a few great ways to pitch your book on Twitter. In the contests where you are encouraged to post a new pitch every hour or so […]

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