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Friday, January 18, 2013

Publishing Pulse: January 18, 2013

New Success Story
Congratulations to another QueryTracker user who shared her success story with us! Best wishes go out to Rebecca Mahoney. Her story can be found here.

Agent Updates
A new literary agent has been listed this week. You can learn more about what Rachel Hecht is looking for in her new profile.

Guess how many agents updated their profiles this week? More than a dozen!

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The Week in Publishing

In a guest post written for The Creative Penn, Irving Weinman, author of "Write Great Dialogue: A Teach Yourself Guide" gives us 5 tips that should help improve our dialog techniques.

Ebooks are accounting for a greater percentage of book sales with each passing year…but why do the numbers vary from one report to another? An article at Digital Book World has an explanation--and it has to do with genre.

We Query Trackers LOVE to agonize over our goof-ups and dropped balls and missed opportunities…so commiserate with Brit Blaise when he shares his experiences with an editor at Kensington. Perhaps we can learn a lesson--when we are done cringing.

In an informative video, NYT Best Selling Author Brad Meltzer decodes success. In addition, Skip Prichard rattles off five "success factors" that describe Brad's writing philosophies to a T.

Do you read too much into a query rejection? Rachelle Gardner wants you to stop wasting your time.

Tom Young guest blogs on the Guide to Literary Agents blog with seven tips for researching a novel.

Have a grand weekend, everyone!

Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer. Visit Ash's blog at www.ash-krafton.blogspot.com for news on her urban fantasy "Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde" (Pink Narcissus Press 2012) and the follow-up "Blood Rush" due May 2013.

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