Mar 102013
 
How 7 Successful Authors Got Their Start

Every writer has a different story about how they got started – and each story will inspire you in a different way. Here, a guest author shares how seven successful authors started their writing careers… Whether you’re a budding writer aspiring get published or curious about the mind from which your favourite story came, then huddle round as Christie Cluett tells you the story of how some of the world’s

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Jun 092011
 
5 Tips for Getting Things Done Before the Deadline

Whether it’s a tax deadline, client deadline, or a “drop dead” date on your honey-do list – the benefits of getting things done before the deadline far outweighs the luxury of procrastinating. These tips for getting things done without panicking before they’re actually due are from Vancouver-based writer, Daphne Gray-Grant. “Do deadlines make you nervous?” she says. “Instead of dreading them, I say you should welcome them with open arms. Deadlines

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Nov 262010
 
How to Write the First Draft - 6 Tips From Writers

If you’re wondering how to write your first draft, don’t miss these tips from writers who have faced many, many blank computer screens. Writing the first draft is the first step to getting your book published! Before the tips, a quip: “The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” ~ Agatha Christie. You don’t need to be literally writing to plan your first draft…but you eventually need to face that blank

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Nov 232010
 
How Do I Write an eBook? 5 Writing and Self-Publishing Tips

Question from a blogger: “How do I write an ebook?” These writing and self-publishing tips are based on my experience – I wrote four Quips and Tips ebooks in six months. It’s easy for me to write, format, and self-publish ebooks. Marketing is the hard part! I know how to market them and I’m not afraid of self-promotion, but I’d rather be blogging. (Time to hire a publicist, you say?). “I need to

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Nov 212010
 
Motivation to Write – How Writers Get and Stay Motivated

The best way to find motivation to write is to learn from the pros! Here, successful writers share how writers get and stay motivated. Whether you’re an aspiring freelance writer, novelist, playwright, or poet — or all four! — you may find the inspiration you need here. Before the tips, a quip: “I’ve never met a writer who wanted to be anything else.” ~ Natalie Goldberg. If you’ve always wanted to be a

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Nov 182010
 
Courage to Write – Tips From an Anxious Bestselling Author

One of the best ways to find the courage to write is to learn from published authors. These tips are inspired by bestselling author Lionel Shriver, whose writing journey shows us that fear, anxiety, and perseverence aren’t earmarked for unpublished writers. Even bestselling authors have to convince their literary agents and editors that certain book ideas will sell! Even bestselling authors have to write through fear, doubt, and self-criticism. Even bestselling authors wonder what the hell they’re doing…

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Jun 302010
 
Writing Product Reviews – A New Slant for Freelance Writers

Writing product reviews isn’t my bag ‘o books, but I recently discovered a new slant for freelance writers who do review gizmos and gadgets! A fellow Suite101 writer borrows products to review…when she returns them to the company, they lend them out to other freelance writers. This is news to me — I didn’t know products were loaned to writers for review purposes! Fascinating. It certainly ensures that writers are reviewing products for the sake of

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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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Mar 042010
 
Quips and Tips From a Published Writer, Medical Doctor and Flamenco Dancer

You don’t have time to write, you say? Check out this interview with author, doctor, and flamenco dancer Susan Biali. Her quips and tips will motivate you to write that book, send out those query letters, and build your blog beyond your wildest dreams! Here’s what Dr Biali says about how difficult it is to get published: “One thing that really bothers me that prevails in talk about writers and writing

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Mar 042010
 

Hear ye, Hear ye! Here’s an opportunity for successful freelance writers, novelists, and bloggers to share what they know, motivate aspiring writers, and spread the word about their books, blogs, and businesses… I’m writing an e-book, tentatively titled Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Writing Goals, which will describe ways for aspiring (and experienced) writers to overcome 20 different obstacles to writing. This book is for all types of writers: freelancers, novelists, bloggers,

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