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:


Writing to the Beat
New York Times (blog)
Discounting the time Mr. Thomas threw me out of English class for tapping out a bossa nova beat on my desk to back up his reading of “The Canterbury Tales,” it took years for me to appreciate the relationship between rhythm and writing, and years more ...


6 Tips for Taking Yourself on a Successful, Budget-Friendly Writing Retreat
Huffington Post
Whenever I see an author I admire posting a photo from a writing retreat, I feel a flash of jealousy. The pictures are usually from some gorgeous, foreign country that I've yet to travel to. Sometimes it's a picture of a sleepy little cabin, or a cute ...


blogs.hbr.org (blog)

How to Improve Your Business Writing
blogs.hbr.org (blog)
You probably write on the job all the time: proposals to clients, memos to senior executives, a constant flow of emails to colleagues. But how can you ensure that your writing is as clear and effective as possible? How do you make your communications ...


The Daily Citizen

Writing is like therapy for former journalist
The Daily Citizen
She married her late husband, Ralph, in 1947 and moved to Murray County shortly thereafter. Godfrey will be 87 in December and has had a career in writing spanning more than 40 years. She has written for newspapers, magazines and creatively since the ...


New York Times

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Is, and Is Not, Writing About Race
New York Times
Without writing a single black character, Jacobs-Jenkins evoked issues of racism so vividly that in The Washington Post, Peter Marks wrote: “Jacobs-Jenkins appropriates, makes his own, a story of white America, and this presages a more hopeful time ...

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The Atlantic

Behind the Writing on the Stalls
The Atlantic
So was written on a boghouse sometime in the early 18th century—a boghouse being a public toilet. An Englishman going by the pseudonym “Hurlo Thrumbo” collected this and other such vintage graffiti in his book The Merry Thought: Or, The Glass Window ...

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Mashable

7 tips for writing cold emails to prospective employers
Mashable
A cold email is like a handshake: We do it all the time, but we're not always sure if ours is strong enough. Despite the gray area of a cold email's effectiveness, it's still one of the most helpful ways to get the job you want. Like most job advice ...


Salon

The PG Wodehouse of environmental writing: Why Lydia Millet is the funniest ...
Salon
I never expected anyone to write an environmental thriller about mermaids in the comic vein of a modern-day P.G. Wodehouse because, really — who would? Certainly I wouldn't have picked Lydia Millet, author of a trio of linked short novels about ...

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Digital Book World

Top 4 Best Practices For Writing Great Book Blurbs
Digital Book World
When you sell your book online, your book description, or blurb, must be persuasive enough to compel people to buy. According to Pew Research Center, 38% of readers rely on the information presented on your book's online sales page when making a ...


Memeburn

Focus on writing content for real people, not robots
Memeburn
I have been in the digital marketing space for many years and often I get this brief: “I need you to write me a 1 500 word article or blog post with loads of keywords in it so that I can get the attention of Google and get great rankings.” Now bear in ...

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Creative Problem-Solving: Following Your Stream of Consciousness

Having trouble finding a solution to a nagging problem? Try... Read More

7 Steps to Successful Publishing

The decision to publish a book is very exciting! It... Read More

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Passionate About Writing?

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Writing the PDA Way

When we think of writing it triggers many thoughts and... Read More

Generating Nonfiction Book Titles Without a Hassle

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How to Pitch a Story

Ever wonder why we refer to convincing an editor a... Read More

How to Have an Effective Reading Group

Writing leads to reading. Therefore, it's only fair to supply... Read More

Tips For Better Writing

It is certainly true that we don't get a second... Read More

Getting the Story Down

Questions and answers on writing life experiences for ourselves and... Read More

Writing Made Them Rich #1: JK Rowling

Joanne Kathleen Rowling was born in Chipping Sodbury,England in 1965.... Read More

Making Freelance Writing Niche Types Fit: A Few Niche Types by Definition and Description

Our Freelance Writing Needs DefinedWe must make freelance niche types... Read More

Increase Your Web Traffic By Using Keyword Articles

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Paulo Coelho was born on August 24th 1947 in Rio... Read More

Writing Query Letters that Count -- Close the Deal with Your First Letter!

Your query letter can be a deal maker or a... Read More

Five Minute Miracles

FIVE MINUTES ... Is All You Need ........to phone a... Read More

Creative Writing

Do you consider yourself a storyteller? Do you consider yourself... Read More

Taming The Book Proposal

Taming the Book Proposal: The BasicsOh, that most maddening of... Read More

Dialogue Tags - A Study in Common Errors

Verb and SubjectIncorrect:"I bet you two had a fine time,"... Read More

You Can Be An Author

"You should write a book." For years, I had been... Read More

How to Relax Your Writing

Q. My writing sounds stiff and stilted. Help!A. Memories of... Read More

The Makings of a Personal Essay, Really

Sometimes I can be dense when it comes to realizing... Read More

Interview with Suspense Author Peter Abrahams

Peter Abrahams is the author of thirteen novels, including "The... Read More