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How to Hire a Social Media Marketer

How to Hire a Social Media Marketer

Your hands are full doing what you love (writing, creating products, running your business) – you have no time to market your books and brand online! It’s time to hire a social media marketer. Here’s what an author says: “I’ve read a million ‘how to’s’ about social media, and have spent a ton of time […]

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How to Get Your Book Published – Advice From Publishing Pros

How to Get Your Book Published – Advice From Publishing Pros

Written by on April 11, 2013 in Literary Agents, Publishing Tips, Writing Tips with 5 Comments

These tips for getting published are from a panel of writers, literary agents, and editors who answered questions from a roomful of eager writers at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (phew – how’s that for a run-on sentence!). Before the tips, a quip: “If the doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I […]

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When Your Publishing Contract is Cancelled – How to Save Your Writing Career

When Your Publishing Contract is Cancelled – How to Save Your Writing Career

Written by on December 6, 2012 in Publishing Tips, Writing Jobs and Careers with 17 Comments

As a writer, it’s devastating to discover your publisher wants to cancel your contract. In my case, I no longer wanted to work with my publisher. “There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to read it.” ~Charles Caleb Colton. […]

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How to Get Your Poetry Published – 5 Tips for Poets

How to Get Your Poetry Published – 5 Tips for Poets

Written by on December 5, 2011 in Fiction Writing, Publishing Tips with 7 Comments

These tips on getting your poetry into magazines, anthologies, or your own book of poems are from John C. Goodman. Not only has he published two collections of poetry, he wrote a non-fiction book called Poetry: Tools & Techniques. Here, Goodman describes the chances of getting your poetry published, and offers tips on breaking into the poetry […]

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The #1 Reason You Haven’t Written the Book You Want to Write

The #1 Reason You Haven’t Written the Book You Want to Write

Why haven’t you written the book you want to write – the book you’re meant to write? Maybe you’ll find out here – the number one reason many writers are blocked, frustrated, and disappointed. A couple days ago, I posted an article by publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant; it described how and why writers should never […]

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5 Reasons Writers Should Not Outline Articles or Essays

5 Reasons Writers Should Not Outline Articles or Essays

I never outline my magazine articles, book ideas, or essays, so when I found this article on the reasons writers should not outline their work, I was thrilled! Here’s what Publication Coach Daphne Gray-Grant says: “When I was a sullen high school student, many of my teachers demanded that we submit outlines with every essay. […]

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5 Writing Secrets From William Shakespeare

5 Writing Secrets From William Shakespeare

If you want to learn the secrets of great writing, get thee to the greatest writer in the English language! Here are William Shakespeare’s writing secrets, via the Publication Coach. ”Almost 400 years after the death of William Shakespeare, theatres still regularly perform his plays,” says Vancouver-based writer Daphne Gray-Grant. “Children study his work in […]

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Lost Interest in Writing Your Novel? How to Love Your Characters

Lost Interest in Writing Your Novel? How to Love Your Characters

Written by on August 19, 2011 in Books, Fiction Writers, Writing Tips with 4 Comments

When writing a 85,000 word (or more!) novel, you’re bound to lose interest in your book. These tips for connecting with – loving – your characters are for fiction writers who need a boost… Here’s what one novelist says: “I procrastinate just like any other writer, but they say that the hardest thing is sitting […]

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How to Improve Your English – Speaking, Reading, Writing

How to Improve Your English – Speaking, Reading, Writing

Written by on August 6, 2011 in Editing Tips, Mechanics of Good Writing, Writing Tips with 7 Comments

Even if you’re not an ESL student, these tips on how to improve your English will help you speak, read, and write better. This article is inspired by a recent comment: “I’m an Asian student studying in a foreign country,” says Howard on How to Write Good Sentences and Paragraphs. “I’ve found out this year […]

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Overwhelmed by the Thought of Selling Your Writing? Help is Here

Overwhelmed by the Thought of Selling Your Writing? Help is Here

If you’re a writer who gets overwhelmed when you think of marketing and selling your writing, you’re not alone! Not wanting to promote my writing is why I hesitate to pursue a literary agent and get my books published. Here’s how a fellow writer describes it: “The thought of all the details I must be […]

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