Aug 192014
 
How to Ask for Feedback on Your Writing

Writing feedback can be both invaluable and crushing. It’s crucial to get feedback on your writing, but it’s equally important to make sure you approach the right reviewer, in the right way, at the right time, with the right questions. In The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback Becky Levine shares tips for developing your “editor’s eye” and analyzing writing like a

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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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Dec 062012
 
When Your Publishing Contract is Cancelled – How to Save Your Writing Career

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. Colton couldn’t have been more right. Writing a book is tough; finding people to read

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Dec 052011
 
How to Get Your Poetry Published - 5 Tips for Poets

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 market. First, here’s what a different poet and writer – also published – says about

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Jul 062011
 
How to Increase Writing Confidence - Grow the Skin of a Rhino

What’s so great about the skin of a rhino? It’s tough as Teflon! These tips on increasing your writing confidence will help you toughen up and soldier through the moments of despair all writers face. If you lack confidence, work your way through The Confident Writer. It’ll change how you write and how you see your writing career. It may even increase your chances of getting published…or at least finishing your

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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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Apr 082011
 
How to Get Published When You Don't Know What Book to Write

Fascinating! Here’s how to get published even when you don’t know what type of book to write, you have no book ideas, and you can’t write a book proposal. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Here are the benefits of — and tips for — writing for a company known as Book Packagers, or Book Producers. Before the tips, a quip: “Ask yourself, ‘If all jobs paid $2

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Mar 172011
 
6 Ways to Promote Your Book for Free Online

These tips for promoting your book are free – but they still require effort! The right marketing tips will help you avoid paying money to PR companies and publicists – and these tips are for authors who have more time than money. Before the tips, a quip: “Success isn’t always an immediate change.” ~ Dirk Matson. None of these services guarantee that your book will be an overnight success, but

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Mar 122011
 
Promoting a Book - Should You Hire a Book Promotion Company?

Even before you get published, you need to start promoting your book! Should you hire a book promotion company? These five tips will help you answer these questions: What is the best book marketing service for me? Which promotion companies should I contact? How much will it cost to market and advertise my book? How can I trust the book promoters to do their job effectively? Before the tips, a quip:

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