Year: 2015

  • The Combined Book Team 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 of my favorite literary agent blogs. Informative, clear and incredibly…
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    The Combined Book Team 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 you spend money on tickets to a fair, take time…
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    The Combined Book Team 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: 35,000-75,000 words. Sweet spot: 45,000-65,000 REALISTIC YA: 35,000-75,000 words. Sweet spot:…
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    The Combined Book Team 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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    The Combined Book Team 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 favorite finds. These are perfect for at work listening, for your morning…
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