Posted on Jan 14th, 2013 | 29 comments
If you are a blogger, you owe it to yourself to study your blog stats at least annually, if not more often. It’s fascinating what you can learn and how much you can improve your blogging by paying attention to your traffic patterns. In just a few minutes of looking at my most popular post rankings for 2012, I gleaned some useful tidbits:
♦ My “About” page and other informational pages (Submission Guidelines, etc.) are viewed much more often than I’d realized, which reminded me to keep them up-to-date. It’s annoying reading a blogger’s “About” page that’s clearly not current.
♦ Of my 40 most-viewed posts of 2012, only 24 were written and posted in 2012. My archives get a lot of action, especially on basic topics such as titling...
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Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 | 116 comments
I asked readers on my Facebook page for questions they’d like me to answer on the blog. It seems many are dying to know the secret to getting an agent.
Stephanie asked: What is the single most important thing when approaching an agent?
Aleah asked: What’s the best way for a first time novelist to get their foot in the door with an agent? Where should one start?
These questions always make me feel like the writers are hoping I’ll reveal the secret handshake or code-word that will break down the barriers to getting an agent. I wish it were that easy! But it’s a process, with no shortcuts and no magic. Here are some things you can do:
1. Write a great book. If your book isn’t marketable, nothing else will matter. You’ve got to have a book people want...
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