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FFW Tips

Read Your Writings – for a Fee!

By Kate Williams – As writers, we get a buzz from knowing people are reading our work. But have you ever thought of reading it out loud, to an audience? Neither did I until recently. Now it’s a regular sideline gig. If you write on a specialist subject, why not talk about it, too? Or …read more

Not Selling? Pull Your Book Off the Shelf

By C. Hope Clark – One of the great advantages of indie publishing is being in control of your book. Recently a reader contacted me, asking my opinion about publishers. He was republishing a book done in 2011 that had not done well, blaming it on the vanity press. As someone ever interested in deterring …read more

One Step Back – Using Smaller Markets To Break Into Larger Ones

By S.E. Batt- When breaking into a large market – especially where you have no prior experience – rejection is a certainty. Not everyone can nail the perfect pitch on the first try, and writers should keep their heads up and keep trying. But what happens when the rejections keep coming in, no matter what …read more

Harness the Power of Your Critique Group

By Sara Leach- Ten years ago I went looking for writing advice in my community and joined a loose affiliation of novice writers. Over the years, we’ve grown into a dedicated group of eight authors with cumulative publishing credits that include ten books, 24 short stories and numerous awards. Along the way, we’ve helped each …read more

What to Do When Asked to Give Away Your Work

By C. Hope Clark – Received a little bit of feedback from last week’s post on the flip side of free, but not as much as I would’ve thought. Which tells me something . . . more people are giving it away than I thought. Twice this past weekend, I heard authors rant about how …read more

Again with the Erosion of Income

By C. Hope Clark – Tired of hearing about how writers are not getting paid? I imagine the writers needing to eat from that income aren’t. I had a quick unsubscribe of 19 readers within 30 minutes of releasing last Friday’s newsletter. Some people do not want to hear that writing on the cheap is …read more

When Family Isn’t Supportive

By C. Hope Clark – I received a heart-breaking Facebook message from a 15-year-old young man who asked me how to get his writing accepted. When I explained about polishing his words, agents, publishers, indie and the like, he replied: “For me, I come from an unsupportive family that doesn’t take writing as a talent …read more

Creative Business Planning for Writers

By Michael Falcone – Samantha graduated from her writing program several years ago. With high marks and big dreams, she found herself working a department store instead. On some nights she compensated by setting plots to paper, but, in truth, her writing aspirations never took off. Procrastination settled in and, with that, a major loss …read more

Courage

By C. Hope Clark – In this, the last newsletter of 2015, the best gift I would give you for 2016 is courage. The most common concern I receive from writers is how to weather the insecurity and fear of putting yourself out there in the world. I dare say it stops many from submitting, …read more

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Book Publicist?

By Claire McKinney – How much does a book publicist cost? The short answer is fees vary mainly according to the services offered and the size of the firm you hire, but for the most part it is a commitment that will likely run you thousands, not hundreds, of dollars. If you were to hire …read more

The Importance of Planning in Self-Publishing

By Joel Friedlander- Fiction writers are sometimes divided into “plotters” and “pantsers” depending on how much advance thought they put into the development of their novels. The “plotters” like to work everything out in advance. They may develop elaborate outlines, timelines, character portraits, diagrams of pivot points in their story, and know, even before they …read more

The Broken Record

By C. Hope Clark – Hate to sound like a broken record, but when I saw this quote, I hopped back up on that bandwagon I call diligence. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” — Woody Allen People are awfully sweet in complimenting me about my business savvy and ability to promote. Behind the scenes …read more

How My Local Library Helped Me Get from Jobless and Broke to Six Figures a Year

By Patrick Brian O’Neill – In 2008 I had the world by the tail. I had a good job I loved. I earned a pretty good salary, and was constantly praised by company bigwigs and my colleagues for my sales abilities. I was pretty proud of myself. What is that old saying about pride going …read more

Chicken Soup for the Soul Recipe for Success

By Linda O’Connell – Whether you consider yourself a detail-oriented plotter, or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer, you have developed strategies that work for you. Some writers can toss a few words together and write a great story with little effort, but many of us need a formula. I have been published in 23 Chicken Soup for the …read more

Why Crowdsourcing Sometimes Works for Writers

By Stephanie Faris – Years ago when someone needed a writer, that person went through a marketing firm or relied on queries received after a call for submissions. In today’s “sharing economy,” writers can be found on the Internet easily, alongside people offering to design a company’s logo for $5 and manage entire marketing campaigns …read more

Share Your Skills with Schools – and Get Paid!

By Kate Williams – Writers like you possess special, sought-after skills. You have gold dust to offer! Literacy ranks high on school agendas, and teachers often find creative writing a stumbling block. No wonder that many schools gladly pay experts to come in and inspire their youngsters. Could this be you? I’ve been running workshops …read more

Has it Gotten Desperate?

By C. Hope Clark – It is funny how emails from readers serve as prompts for each week’s editorial thoughts, and this week is no exception. Received a question from an indie author who asked me where he could obtain statistics on how much money indie writers make. BookScan and other entities attempt to monitor …read more

Chicken Soup for the Soul Recipe for Success

By Linda O’Connell- Whether you consider yourself a detail-oriented plotter, or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writer, you have developed strategies that work for you. Some writers can toss a few words together and write a great story with little effort, but many of us need a formula. I have been published in 23 Chicken Soup for the Soul …read more