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Secular Work in the Religious Market






By Behlor Santi- Do you believe that religious magazines such as Catholic Digest, Mature Years Magazine and Parenting Teens only want religious material? Think again. Believe it or not, many religious magazines downplay theology, leaving that to theologians. Many religious magazines want general-interest articles that appeal to both the churched and unchurched. For example, a …read more

Feeling Like a Fraud






By C. Hope Clark – Every time I begin a new book, I doubt my skills to make it happen. Just last week I told my husband as we cooked dinner: “I keep wondering if my first books were chance, luck, my best ideas used up.” He shook his head, marveling at my silliness, telling …read more

Sting of the Tale






By Devyani Borade – Devyani Borade is the creator, and real-life version, of Debora. Her fiction, nonfiction and art have been accepted/published by over 170 magazines across the world. NOTE FROM HOPE: I fell in love with Devora, so don’t be surprised to see her appear in her writing escapades every once in a while. Thought …read more

Mastermind Groups






By C. Hope Clark – Last week I received a wonderful outpouring of understanding from my readers after reading Master Being Yourself. Thanks so very much. I do believe my new group of writers, a small group of like minds, is better for me. This same week, I was invited to a Mastermind Group. Sort …read more

Questioning the Rejection






By C. Hope Clark – I wear three hats – FundsforWriters editor, freelance writer, and mystery author. With the first, I have the painful privilege of accepting and declining submissions. In my other two roles, I’m the recipient of the decision. As the writer/author, I’ve been politely declined, unfortunately ignored, laughed at, and derided tongue-in-cheek …read more

On the Value of Free Advice






By Randall Silvis- As a writer I get a steady stream of free advice from individuals who apparently understand my life far better than I. These individuals are mostly strangers, people who contact me by email or post their comments publicly, often under an alias. Even my plumber has an opinion about my writing, though …read more

The Only Person You Have to Please is You






By C. Hope Clark – Yeah, that’s hard for us to swallow sometimes. We write to be read. Eager to please, we’re like kids asking what are the rules so we can play the game well enough to win. We want people on the sidelines to root for us and tell us how well we …read more

On Being a Travel Writer for AAA






By Sheree K. Nielsen- Wanderlust bit me early – as a toddler skipping stones across the Great Lakes, and as a young girl fishing with Dad in the Florida Keys. I’d often dreamed of being a travel writer. After attending the 2011 Missouri Writer’s Guild conference, I had the opportunity to connect with the editor …read more

How I Make a Full-time Living as a Writer






By Dave Haslett – I’ve always been a writer, winning a school poetry competition at the age of 7 and writing my first book between the ages of 12 and 13. Ideas come to me easily, and, until I found an outlet for them, it bothered me to have far more than I’d ever be …read more

I Have This Story to Tell . . .






By C. Hope Clark – Wherever I appear, invariably someone comes up to me and asks how they can get published. I open the dialogue with questions such as: 1) Have you finished writing the story? 2) Have you edited the story with a vengeance a zillion times? 3) Have you gotten feedback from non-friends …read more

On Being Tentative

By C. Hope Clark – If you are afraid to write, then don’t. If you are afraid to submit, then don’t. If you are afraid to publish, then don’t. You’re getting in the way of the glut of writers out there who’ve decided fear is not an option. I get riled at many programs, classes, …read more

Building a Marketing Budget: How much is too much or too little?






By Jennifer Fusco- Often, I’m asked by writers, “how much money should I set aside for marketing my book?” I wish there were a magic number. There’s not. If you are traditionally published, the publisher does expect you to use some of your advance (if you receive one) toward marketing. If you are self-published, no …read more

No More Sour Grapes






By C. Hope Clark- Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~ Voltaire You know you think it. An author you know lands a contract or sells an article. She achieves this great promo on a big blog or gets invited to speak at an …read more

What to Do When Your Work Is Stolen






By Devyani Borade- The unthinkable happens. Your work is published without your knowledge, consent or compensation. Whether it is large slushpiles, lack of time, memory lapses or non-existent ethics, there’s no excuse for unprofessionalism or deceit. If the publication gets away with it once, they may do it again! Sure, you challenge them. You take …read more

What to Do With Short Stories

By C. Hope Clark – Recently I received a simple email from a reader who stated she wrote mostly short stories, and she had no clue what to do with them. She felt the day of the short story was over, and that hers had no chance of being published. She also asked how to …read more

Pinterest Tips for Freelance Writers






By Behlor Santi- Like many people, I used to see the social-networking site Pinterest as merely a place to show pictures of pretty clothes and yummy food. Yet the more I learned about the marketing possibilities of Pinterest, the more I realize that I (and you) can use Pinterest to boost freelancing income. First, understand …read more

The World is So Big, Yet So Small






By C. Hope Clark – We sit in our chairs behind desks or at the kitchen counter on our laptops, and feel protected from the world yet a part of it. The shy parts of us try to convince us that we are just as connected as if we were on tour. The web has …read more

Which Promotions Work and Which Don’t






By C. Hope Clark – I’m of the mind, these days, that ninety percent of promotional efforts are wasted. The world is choked with books, writers, people fighting to make a living with their words. Anyone can write a book, and anyone can post one for sale. After years of promoting novels, even from a …read more