• It's a combination. The reality is that you do need to know people. That's why it takes ten to twenty years to build a successful writing career. Accept it and get busy on the marketing of your work so you can be seen. Writing is a business. If you fail to treat it as such, you'll wind up pissed off with nobody reading you. Your talent is only one of four elements you have to focus on:

    1. Development: all things related to your writing ability (classes, exercises, writing gigs, your novel, conferences, writing magazines, reading competitive work).

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  • Almost ALWAYS! Query letters are standard in the industry. That being said, what is most imperative is that you do your homework when approaching any agent. They each have a preferred method of submitting work to them. Most of them begin with a query letter. That being said, what makes a successful query letter? In my experience, a great query letter is often not written as much as it is arrived at. I usually write a pretty good first draft, but don’t really find that my query letters are working until around the sixth draft.

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  • I’m not in favor of pen names unless you are moving outside your brand and are afraid of confusing people. We all know what happened to Coke when they tried to redesign their image – it flopped. So if you are a mystery writer who wants to take up travel books, you might consider doing them under a pen name. Otherwise, if you are a first time author, you have to be willing to stand up for your book and be the face of your conversation. Otherwise, who does the media contact? Who is going to do the interviews?

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  • I happen to be heavily involved in a book about followership as it pertains to leadership and one of the principles we’ve been discussing lately is that those in the followership role have an obligation to step forward and challenge the leader when necessary. This line of thinking spurred an exceptional vision call that I had with our team last Friday that centered around them challenging me more. Often times I have felt like my team is reluctant to challenge me because I am the boss, because I sign the checks.

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  • The buck stops with the leader. Ultimately, they are accountable for the performance of the entire system.  When something is not working, people often make excuses or  avoid taking responsibility and just try to push through, typically leading to further delays in productivity and to results. This is not a luxury the leader has.

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  • I have to say that lately, myself and my staff are loving that we all work from home.  We have nearly two dozen people who freelance for our company and they do some from the confines of their own residence.  As I was watching the news this morning, I see that companies are starting to talk about possible four day work weeks to combat the high price of gas. Typically four 10 hour days that would replace the standard five 8 hour days. As I was watching that, I felt suddenly blessed.

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  • Writers of the Round Table Inc develops manuscripts with clients who are looking to engage the world in a massive conversation. What we do is work with a client to 1) Organically define the message; 2) Build the Vision; and 3) Create the delivery vehicle for the conversation. Our company principals have defined our process over more than a decade, building stories in film and now in manuscripts. What is unique about our company is that we only use story to engage readers in the higher level conversations our clients are looking to pioneer.

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