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WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING by Alyssa Cole made the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Books lists. Parade and the New York Times also did articles on the author. Finally, it was chosen by Marie Claire as the September pick for the monthly book club #ReadWithMC.

The 34 Best Horror Books of All Time according to Oprah Magazine included ALICE by Christina Henry.

Insider named CONVENTIONALLY YOURS by Annabeth Albert and ALPHA NIGHT by Nalini Singh as two of the best romance books of 2020 so far.

Book Riot’s 25 Must Read New Fantasy Books included THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T.J. Klune and THE CITY WE BECAME by N.K. Jemisin.

YOU HAVE A MATCH by Emma Lord was just included in BuzzFeed’s roundup of 40 YA Novels That Come Out in the First Half of 2021 That We’re Already So Excited For.

The International Latino Book Awards finalists include INTO THE TALL, TALL GRASS by Loriel Ryon.

Scott Rubin was on Good Day Sacramento talking about NAMING YOUR LITTLE GEEK.

Sarah MacLean and Jen Prokop did their latest Fated Mates podcast episode on Milla Vane’s A HEART OF BLOOD AND ASHES.

SONGS FROM THE DEEP by Kelly Powell was shortlisted for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Book Awards in the John Spray Mystery Award category.

THE BRIGHT AND BREAKING SEA by Chloe Neill received a great review from Publishers Weekly. It was also mentioned on YouTube channels SFF180 and “bookslikewhoa.”

AUTHOR TIP OF THE MONTH

Karen Booth writes steamy contemporary romance, including ONCE FORBIDDEN, TWICE TEMPTED.

How to Keep it Together While Querying by Karen Booth

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Querying editors and agents is one of the most exciting parts of the publishing journey, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Here are a few tips to help make it a more positive experience.

Accept that rejection will happen. Everyone gets rejected. Everyone. Think of it as a badge of honor, a rite of passage, and your keys to the club. Welcome!

Embrace criticism. If you receive feedback from an editor, agent, or trusted friend, be sure to listen. It's easy to be defensive, but it doesn’t make you a better writer.

Vent privately. If you need to shake off a difficult rejection, do not take to social media. Even unpublished writers are building a reputation. Keep yours shiny!

Don’t be afraid to start small. A big deal with a massive publisher might make for a sexy Facebook post, but smaller opportunities also hold value. Stepping stones are still progress.

Keep writing. Writing is not a get-rich-quick scheme, so I hope you started on this path because you love to write! When I feel lost or discouraged, I always focus on the work. It’s the one thing a writer controls. Good luck!


NEW CLIENTS ON THE BLOCK

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Bao Chen
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Bao Chen is the bestselling author and illustrator of over seven books. She is an adamant dog lover and lives in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Susan Sands
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Susan Sands has published five southern, contemporary women’s fiction novels set in Alabama. She describes her humorous small-town stories as fun, romantic, and filled with big family love. She is the recipient of the 2017 Georgia Author of the Year award for romance.

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Tino Blyth
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Tino Blyth is a specialist physician and thriller author. After spending years in North America, southern Africa, and Central America, he can hold his own in four-and-a half languages, which helps in diagnosing his characters' ailments. He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Melissa Buote
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Melissa Buote is obsessed with cats. Based in Nova Scotia, Canada, she has written food stories for publications like Saveur, Bon Appétit and Eater.com. She has also styled and photographed (and ate ) food for The TIBS Guide to Desserts (Bicyclette Publishing, 2014). She has pet cats in no less than ten countries. Her last name does not rhyme with "quote." You didn't see that one coming, did you?

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