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    • Claribel Ortega October 23, 2015

      Favorite writing related websites/contests/etc: Great site filled with writing tips, resources for writers and everything you need to know about query letters – Jane Friedman Literary Rambles : Informative interviews with agents broken down by what they rep, and links to other articles/interviews with said agents. How To Write the Perfect Query Letter Query Shark: A site dedicated to the revision of query letters The Writing Excuses podcast: An excellent show with great advice on the writing process, querying and more. Carly Watters Blog: One…
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      Claribel Ortega October 21, 2015

      The CBE team has just returned from The Frankfurt Book Fair and it was a fantastic experience. There were many inquiries about the books in our display, meetings going on throughout and of course large amounts of traffic. While at the USA Pavilion reception area there were a few questions that turned out to be frequently asked, and it became clear that some authors had some misconceptions about what they should be doing at a fair like Frankfurt. Like anything when it comes to publishing, research is key. Before…
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      Claribel Ortega August 4, 2015

      You wrote your novel, you’re excited to start editing but then you notice something is off: your word count is too low! Below is a guide of word count by genre as well as the “sweet spot” where your word count should ideally fall. Via the Jennifer Represents blog which can be read in full here. PICTURE BOOK: 0-1,300 words. Sweet spot: 300-550* EARLY READER: 100-2,500 words. Sweet spot: (depends on level)* CHAPTER BOOK: 4,000-13,000 words. Sweet spot: 6,000-10,000 REALISTIC MIDDLE GRADE: 25,000-60,000 words. Sweet spot: 30,000-45,000 FANTASY MIDDLE GRADE:…
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      Claribel Ortega July 16, 2015

      Via Raddom.com Another great infographic by Extra Ink Edits! Visit  http://www.ExtraInkEdits.com for more tips from Megan plus resources for all your WIP editing needs!
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      Claribel Ortega July 16, 2015

      Via Raddom.  I travel pretty often and one of the things I use to pass the time on airplanes or hotel rooms is podcasts. If you followed the Serial phenomenon, you’ll know how big podcasts have become recently but aside from true crime programs, there are hidden gems that can help writers with everything from querying to research for their novel. I’ve only been listening to writing podcasts for a few months but below are some of my…
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      Claribel Ortega May 14, 2015

      If you’re displaying a book with us and receive an email with a book promo graphic, there’s a great way to personalize that graphic for use on your social media! Below read our simple tutorial to make the most out of your book display! Before we begin, save the template picture from the newsletter (pictured above) or scroll to the end of this tutorial for a full sized version you can download. Once you save the picture to your computer continue on to step 1. Step…
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      Claribel Ortega April 23, 2015

      Via Rad/Dom Blog Below is a compilation of my favorite quotes from The London Book Fair’s Author HQ events. This is true for so many reasons. You just never know when you’ll meet someone who wants to know more about your book (and that someone could be a literary agent). If you can’t sum up your book quickly, and start stammering/make no sense they might assume you have no sense of your own project…
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      Claribel Ortega April 6, 2015

      Introducing CBE Book Trailers! What is a book trailer? Book trailers are an engaging and fun new way for authors to spread the word about their books. Think of a movie trailer but for your book! A book trailer can draw in new readers and give them a better idea what your book is about. How does it work? With a background in video editing and production, either our Digital & Social Media Specialist, Matt Lehman, or our social media manager…
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      Claribel Ortega March 9, 2015

      By Keely Brooke Keith I recently came up with a new author interview series for my blog and announced to a couple indie author groups that I had spots available. I was thinking maybe I’d get enough authors to feature one per week until summer. An hour after my announcement, I had over sixty authors request an interview, and the requests are still coming in. I’m now featuring two authors per week for the foreseeable future and still cannot host them all. On the interview questionnaire I asked for the…
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      Claribel Ortega January 19, 2015

      Having your book displayed at any of our shows can generate sales, interest and most importantly give your project exposure. As with any form of marketing there is never a guarantee on how much success you will have, however there are extra steps you can take to ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment. Read on to see how you can make the most of your print or eBook display with The Combined Book Exhibit. 1. Spread the Word Beforehand:   I sometimes joke with authors that…
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