Publishing

New Release Spotlight: Terry J. Stokes

  Congrats to debut author and pastor Terry J. Stokes on the release of this timely book! Terry has written a book of prayers we didn’t know we needed, covering our most pressing daily needs — such as when we dread returning to work on Monday, strength when we’re about to make small talk, and…
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Does a Fiction Author Need a Platform?

  There are two things I’m constantly stressing with writers: (1) Mastering the craft of writing is crucial. (2) Building a platform is important. For fiction authors, the two are not equal. If you’re writing a novel, your writing should be first priority. Spend most of your discretionary time writing and becoming a better writer.…
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Have you been to a writers’ conference?

  📚 Even if you’re published, conferences can be a great way to network, make friends, continue your education, and most of all, be a part of the writing community.   📚 Writing is a solitary endeavor, so it’s helpful to be reminded that you’re a part of something bigger.   📚 Plus, those friendships…
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New Release Spotlight: Kayla Craig

Congratulations to author Kayla Craig on release day! ✨✨✨✨ Kayla’s debut book, “To Light Their Way,” is a gorgeous collection of over 100 modern liturgies, giving words to our prayers for our children. ✨✨✨✨ From everyday struggles like helping your child find friends or thrive in school to larger issues like praying for a brighter…
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Gardner Literary is proud to represent author Karen González!

Gardner Literary is proud to represent author Karen González! Congrats, Karen, on your new book contract. 🎉🎊
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What’s a good subject line for a query email?

A basic but important question: what do you put in your query subject line? . I’m sure there are plenty of possible creative answers to this, but I’m going to err on the simple side. I like a subject line that includes the word “Query” along with your book title, and possibly the genre. .…
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What’s your advice for someone wanting to publish a first-time poetry collection?

The first step toward getting your poetry published is to get the Poets Market, a print resource also available on Kindle. It includes hundreds of publishing opportunities specifically for poets, including listings for book and chapbook publishers, print and online poetry publications, contests, and more. . Before trying to get a whole book of poetry…
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SPOTLIGHT ON CLIENT BOOKS – Abuelita Faith by Kat Armas

  🌹🌹 This beautiful book from debut author Kat Armas is out in the world, and I’m excited for you to read it! . What if some of our greatest theologians weren’t theologians at all? “Abuelita Faith” tells the story of unnamed and overlooked theologians in society and in the Bible–mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters–whose…
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Is there anything you should avoid in a query that would lead to an automatic rejection?

  Is there anything you should avoid in a query that would lead to an automatic rejection? . People ask me this question all the time, and I want to start by saying that every agent is different, and we probably have different things that make us immediately decline a query. . For many agents,…
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“Write what you know.” Is this good advice?

  Writers are often told, “write what you know.” Is this good advice? . Absolutely! It’s great advice… if you understand what it means. . You can’t take it literally to mean something like, “Only write about things for which you have specialized knowledge.” Nobody has specialized knowledge of fairies or monsters or vampires, and…
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SPOTLIGHT ON CLIENT BOOKS – Red Lip Theology by Candice Benbow

💋Excited to announce this January release!!💋 I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to tell you about this book. Candice Benbow writes about Black spirituality and Black womanhood like no one else. She draws you in from the first page and doesn’t let you go. Her personality shines through and she balances depth and humor…
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How Many Queries Should I Send Out?

  When you are looking for an agent, how many queries should you send? . The short answer is: as many as it takes! . There are several hundred literary agents out there. Once you’ve narrowed it down to agents who rep your genre, you’ll probably still have a pool of 100, 200, or more.…
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What would make my memoir stand out to a publisher?

📚 First, it’s important to know that a memoir is not your life story (that’s an autobiography). Your memoir is a piece of your story, centered around a particular time or event in your life that sent you on a different trajectory. 📚 Make sure you know your theme. Is it a coming of age…
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Should you pay for a critique or professional edit?

If you’re looking for an objective opinion—one that doesn’t come from your writing partner, critique partner or your best friend—then paying a professional editor may be a good idea. Someone who hasn’t been involved all along in your brainstorming and writing process can look at your book with a fresh mindset and point out things…
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