Be Your Own Literary Agent and Get Published

So you're one of 20 million Americans who want to write a book. If you've already written a manuscript, chances are you're looking for agent representation. In the past few years, as an editor and literary consultant for www.TheOmnibus.org, I've had the opportunity to read more than 1,000 book proposals.... Read More

How to Catch the Writing Bug

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Keys to Characterisation

Far too many inexperienced writers create flat, stereotypical characters: the brave fireman, the damsel in distress, the strict schoolmistress. The best characters are those who evoke emotions within the reader ? fear, admiration, affection, laughter, horror? If the writer fails to make us care about the characters, no matter how... Read More

Balance Your Life

Balance your life ----------------------- Writing is a solitary task. Writing needs concentration and quiet.... Read More

Persisting With Bulldog Determination

Persisting With Bulldog Determination [Book excerpt from Successercising} by Rick Gettle 2003-2004Ninety-five percent of all new businesses go out of business within the first five years or less.Why Do They Fail?There are many starters in life - but very few finish what they start. When the going gets tough,... Read More

Want to start a publishing revolution?

Calling all publishers, editors, journalists and freelance writers. It's time to breathe more life into your copy. Turn your articles into living pieces that spark measurable debate, get closer to your readers and engage their mind andsoul - we're talking revolution. As it was in the beginning Publishers have... Read More

Writing About Writing

What am I going to write about?Which topic is the best?Who is going to be interested in my article? You can ask yourself endless questions on 'what' is going to be the subject of your article. Don't despair! This is not a problem . Any topic will do, and a... Read More

Hunting for Markets Over the Holidays

Chances are, you'll be busy over the next several weeks. Between preparing for, celebrating, and unwinding from the holidays it may be difficult to maintain your regular writing routine. And if researching potential homes for your work is part of that routine-as it is for many of us who regularly... Read More

Boost Your Income With Trade Journals

Why would anyone want to write for trade journals? Aren't the topics are dry? Don't they require specialized knowledge? Not necessarily. You may want to consider trade journals to increase the potential market for your articles ? and for the money. Trade publications make up a significant portion of the... Read More

Recipe for a Style Guide

Wired Online has recently announced its plans to drop capitalization in internet, web, and net, but Wired Magazine continues to capitalize these words. Which should you do? For the most part, it's up to you. To ensure consistency on such tricky words, most editors will have a style guide. ... Read More

In The News:


The Atlantic

Why Every Writer Needs Two Educations
The Atlantic
After Marcus Burke, author of Team Seven, learned he'd been accepted to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he got no Girls-style celebration. His basketball coaches and teammates at Susquehanna University were mostly baffled, even angered, by his literary ...


The Best Apps for Any Kind of Writing
Lifehacker
Writing is a very personal practice, and as a result you have a million writing-focused apps to choose from. From distraction-free apps that take up your whole screen to feature-packed mainstays like Microsoft Word, we've put together a guide to help ...

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Kietzman to share creative writing tips
Midland Daily News
At this year's workshop, “The Writing Process: Making Average Writing Better than Average,” Kietzman will share how to improve creative writing skills, calling upon her 25 years of experience writing fiction. She has English and journalism degrees and ...


Hollywood Reporter

Comedy Legend Carol Leifer on Writing 'Seinfeld', Life on 'Devious Maids' and ...
Hollywood Reporter
Carol Leifer is a multiple Emmy nominee (Seinfeld, Modern Family, SNL, The Larry Sanders Show), writer of seven Academy Awards telecasts, five of her own comedy specials, and author of the bestseller When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win.

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Two Out-of-Towners, Happily So
New York Times
Catherine Trieschmann Since I've moved to rural western Kansas, that world has definitely infused my writing. We're in the middle of nowhere. You drive past the Walmart in our town, and there's just nothing for miles in any direction. Eric Coble I grew ...

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Oswegonian

Students launch online writing community
Oswegonian
A newly-launched website is hoping to create a home for students studying creative writing, cinema and screen studies and journalism. The website, titled “The Hub,” was launched as part of a creative writing class called Literary Citizenship, taught by ...


How knitting and writing poetry can make you a better worker
Today.com
Margaret Byrum of Garland, Texas plays a song on fiddle along with her husband Chuck Byrum on a picking stick in the parking lot outside of the Museum for East Texas Culture earlier this year. New research shows that doing something creative outside of ...

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TV Picks: 'Adventure Time,' shows on writing, 'Muscle Shoals,' more
Los Angeles Times
'The Writer's Room' (SundanceTV, Fridays); 'On Story' (KLCS, Sundays). Although the public has long possessed a double consciousness when it comes to movies and TV shows, taking simultaneous interest and pleasure in the performance and the ...


School board addresses cursive writing concerns
The Augusta Chronicle
Citing a “strong relationship between learning and writing cursive,” the Richmond County Board of Education on Thursday approved adjusting school curriculums to add 30 to 40 minutes of practicing cursive writing to classroom sessions.

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CNN

Gabriel García Márquez on Writing, Dreams and Fidel Castro
Wall Street Journal
"It may be dogmatic and probably reactionary, but I believe you find some people are born knowing how to tell a story. They have a sense of timing, of organization of facts. After that, it is a long way to becoming a writer. You have to learn to write ...
Gabriel García Márquez, Conjurer of Literary Magic, Dies at 87New York Times
Gabriel García Márquez: He proved that tall tales could be truer than factsTelegraph.co.uk
Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87Entertainment Weekly
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The Unwritten World Of The Reality Of Letterwriting

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How To Build A Successful Freelance Editorial Career

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Suspense novels are probably the easiest novels to write. Suspense... Read More

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DEFINITIONSRetail margin is basically the difference between your book's wholesale... Read More

Authors-Stop Expensive Mistakes Before you Spend on Professional Services

So many clients come to me as a book or... Read More

The Best Freelance Job Boards for Writers

How many times have you checked out a job board... Read More

Apotheosis - the Seminal Insight of the Hero for Screenwriting

Every hero has a seminal insight - the apotheosis. Once... Read More

Top Ten Tips (Part 2)

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What Does It Take To Make Your Memories Into Publishable Memoirs?

Why should you consider creating a memoir of your personal... Read More

Conflict - How To Keep Your Readers Turning Pages

Some writers are just too kind.They hate to put their... Read More

Five Keys To A Successful Query Letter

Do you know what a query letter is? If so,... Read More

Idea Mining for Writers 101

Want to write an article or book, but are stuck... Read More

How to Create Incredible Characters Easily

Creating incredible characters can be easy if you know of... Read More