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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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This week in books 7/14/17
This week! Books! But first, a programming note. Posts will be a bit sporadic in the next few weeks as I am headed to San Diego for the wonderment known as Comic-Con International, but you can expect some good cosplay photos on Instagram . Then I'm moving a...

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Query Critique 7/11/17: Make sure your query is fully baked
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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Superstar editor Krista Marino on championing books and the publishing climate
My friend Krista Marino is a Senior Executive Editor at Delacorte Press (part of Penguin Random House), and is one of the top young adult and middle grade editors in the business. Some of the authors she's edited include James Dashner ( The Maze Runner seri...

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7 things to consider before hiring a career coach
Nathan here! So much is required of authors these days, everything from writing the darn thing to making sure your book is being marketed to managing your social media presence. To be a successful author in this landscape, you have to have an entrepreneuria...

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When did you start writing?
Some people got an early start, some people got a late start. But we all got started somewhere. When did you really start writing? I started in high school, then spent most of my twenties convincing myself I wasn't a writer before I picked it up again. What...

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Page Critique Tuesday: Dial down kids' excitablity
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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Harry Potter at 20 -- What has the series meant to you?
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone , and what a twenty years it's been. An entire generation has now been raised on Harry Potter , in addition to those of us who came to the series as a...

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This week in books 6/23/17
This week! Books! I skipped last week's roundup because we were a bit light on the ol' content, but now I have a whole slew of good links for your enjoyment. Who'd have thought that Instagram, a photo app, would be an influential way to market books? Jo Pia...

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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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