Apr 112013
How to Get Your Book Published - Advice From Publishing Pros

These tips on how to get your book published are from a panel of writers, agents, and editors who answered questions from a roomful of writers at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (phew – how’s that for a run-on sentence!). How much research have you done? Study the 2015 Writer’s Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published – it’ll help you get published. Is getting your book published the purpose of your life?

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Jun 132011
Waiting for Publishers and Editors to Decide Your Writing Fate?

What do you do while waiting for editors and publishers to decide on your writing fate? Don’t just sit there! Check out these five ways to keep your motivation and hopes high, because it can take forever to see things happen… “It took a year for my agent, Christopher, to find a publisher,” said J.K. Rowling. “Lots of them turned it down. Then, finally, in August 1996, Christopher telephoned me

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May 162011
How to Write a Query Letter to Publishers - Fiction Manuscript

My writer friend sent this query letter to ten publishers, and all ten asked to see his fiction manuscript. You can’t beat a 100% return rate! Why did every publisher ask to see his book? Because the author told an interesting story in an entertaining way. Here’s how one famous writer describes it: “I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have

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May 062011
Example of a Query Letter to Literary Agents for a Nonfiction Book

Here’s the query letter for my “Quips and Tips” nonfiction book series, which I sent to a couple dozen literary agents five days ago. So far, I’ve received six positive responses and many rejections. I’ll post some of the agents’ responses soon — some of them are really interesting! Fellow scribes, how’s your writing coming along? Are you stuck or full of pluck? “Always dream and shoot higher than you

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Dec 142010
How to Write a Query Letter to a Literary Agent

These query letter tips are from a must-have book on how to find a literary agent – which I contributed to! The Complete Guide to Hiring a Literary Agent was written by Laura Cross, and it’s packed full of tips and tricks, do’s and don’ts, trials and tribulations. “Well-known writers such as Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Clive Cussler, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Stephanie Meyer, and Dean

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Apr 292010
Getting Your Children’s Book Published – 4 Ways to Increase Creativity and Motivation

As a children’s book writer, you can and will get published — but you must stay the course! These ways to increase your creativity and motivation will give you the edge over thousands of writers also trying to get published…they’re from Sue Douglass Fliess, who refused to give up until she found a publisher for her children’s picture books. “If you are at your wit’s end and ready to quit, I dare you,” says Fliess. “I dare you

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Nov 162008
How I Found a Literary Agent - the Irene Goodman Agency

Here’s how I found and signed with a literary agent at the Irene Goodman Agency in NYC. I divided my experience into 12 steps that can help all writers find their own agents… First, I gotta share a quip I found from Irene Goodman herself: “Writing is your job, just like your postman has a job,” says Goodman. “He delivers the mail every day, rain or shine. Successful authors sit down and

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Oct 312008
6 Drawbacks of a Freelance Writing Career

If you’re wondering about writing full-time, here are six drawbacks of a freelance writing career. These tips aren’t meant to scare you away from writing — they should prepare you to be a successful writer! Before the tips, check out this poem from Ray White, co-editor of How I Got Published: The Publication Blues I’ve queried and networked, till blue in the face Submitted, submitted all over the place Read

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Oct 262008
Get Your Book Published - Tips From Editors, Publishers, and Agents

These tips for getting your book published are from a panel of writers, agents, and editors at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. If you dream of being a successful writer, these answers to oft-asked questions about getting published are a must-read! First, a quip from a famous writer: “If the doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood,” said Isaac Asimov. “I’d type a little faster.” Talk about

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Oct 262008
7 Tips for a Successful Writers Conference

These tips for a successful writers conferences will prepare you to get the most out of your publishing, editing, and writing workshops and seminars! Here’s a round up of things I learned in my three days at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia, Canada. Before the tips, a quip: “Writers are introverted and insecure.” – best-selling author Mary Jo Putney. I’m a little insulted by that. I mean, I am introverted…and a little

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