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Nathan Bransford
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Author of 'How to Write a Novel' and the 'Jacob Wonderbar' series
Author of 'How to Write a Novel' and the 'Jacob Wonderbar' series

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How do you cope with staring at screens so much?
Many of us look at screen all day as we work. We look at screens when we are reading the news. We look at screens when we're watching TV. We look at screens when... Okay you get the point. Looking at screen all the time can make writing very difficult. To w...

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Query Critique Tuesday: Read your query out loud before sending
If you would like to nominate your query for a future Query Critique, please enter it in  this thread  in the Forums! Also, if you'd like to test your editing chops, keep your eye on  this area ! I'll post the pages and queries a few days before a critique ...

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Writing children's books from the inside out
So. You want to write children's books. Do you have to know any current, modern day children? Nope. You really don't need to know children to write children's books. In fact, I even think it can be a hindrance for some people. The problem with writing child...

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Do you have beef with literary agents?
Having once been a literary agent myself, I'm still pretty instinctually defensive of the whole enterprise. It's not easy to be a filter, especially when every single one of the thousands of people who query you think they have a bestseller on their hands. ...

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Page Critique Tuesday: Is this really where the story begins?
If you would like to nominate your page for a future Page Critique, please enter it in  this thread  in the Forums! Also, if you'd like to test your editing chops, keep your eye on  this area ! I'll post the pages and queries a few days before a critique so...

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This week in books 6/12/17
This week! Books! A little delayed on the link roundup as I was traveling over the weekend, but I still have some good stuff for you. First up, do you need some coaching? My friend Justine Clay is a business coach for creative professionals, and she's runni...

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How to personalize a query
Nathan here! My friend Rachel Stout used to be a literary agent at Dystel & Goderich, and now she teaches a course on querying called Query Mastery , which provides live sessions, modules, resources, and community to help you hone your pitch. I asked Rachel...

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Which book most disturbed you?
This question was suggested by Kia Abdullah : What author has most disturbed you? There are some obvious ones like Bret Easton Ellis (American Psycho) and Iain Banks (The Wasp Factory), but the author that has disturbed me most is Richard Laymon. I read a f...

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How to research a literary agent
So. You have a finished and polished manuscript for fiction or a finished and polished nonfiction book proposal for nonfiction. You want a book deal. You need an agent. Now what? It's tough out there for an author. There are literally hundreds of agents out...

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This week in books 6/2/17
This week! Books! Longtime readers will likely remember Bryn Greenwood from the comments section, and her novel  All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is a NY Times bestseller and all the rage. Goodreads published a post today about the book as a case study on ...
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