Time to get serious about yourwriting career
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Don't make choices on publishing, marketing, even what you write, based upon peer-pressure, criticism, or the basic fear of getting it wrong. Dig down and do what you hope to do, want to do, crave to do, and just go for it with purpose, plans, and in spite of the naysayers. Don't reach the end of your journey and wish you had.
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32 essays and how-to strategies on topics like Essays like Quitting the Day Job, What to Do with Short Stories, and Braving the School Appearance. Practical pieces like Tactics & Tips Selling Your Books on Consignment, What to Do When Your Work is Stolen, and On Being a Travel Writer for AAA. Something for every writer....and something for you.
"FundsforWriters helps writers achieve more success with their writing by finding and sharing the information that writers need to fund their writing." – Robert Lee Brewer, Editor Writer's Market
Crowdfunding is the perfect medium for today’s author raising funds for marketing and publishing expenses. But there is a hybrid alternative to straight crowdfunding. Instead of querying multiple publishers on their own, authors can raise funds on a platform like Publishizer that also matches authors with publishers based on pre-order... Read More
Working on commission can be stressful, especially when you don't know how much money comes in each month. Just as you keep track of your bills, you should get in the habit, if you haven't already, of staying up-to-date with each piece of work you have in the pipeline. Not... Read More
I started with a heart centered mission and a newly published book, How to Raise Respectful Parents: Better Communication with Teens and Parents. Like all new authors, I was proud of it, but I soon learned writing and publishing a book are only half the journey. I had to market,... Read More
Here lately, the discussion from readers seemed to be centered about where to find an editor (for cheap), or in some cases, just finding someone who will read a manuscript and offer feedback. My answers are pretty clear: 1) Hire an editor (and be willing to pay what it costs), and/or... Read More
People love to ask this question, a frequented question in my email, but I understand that every day new people decide to become authors. Folks who love reading, or have this burning story inside them, and want to see their work in print. Oh, only if that was all there... Read More
Even successful freelance writers find themselves in lulls at times, their pitches readily declined. By making some simple choices, however, writers can access long-term clients without competing with a large pool of freelancers on a job board. By following these five steps, you can gain clients by showing them how... Read More
Many writers expand their services to offer more than writing; are you a writer wanting to become an editor? Here’s how to pick up your first jobs and start editing away… Associations and more Join editorial societies like the Editorial Freelance Association (EFA), Society for Editing (ACES), Editors’ Association of Canada, and the Society for Editors... Read More
I am lucky to make a living as both a songwriter and a “regular writer.” When I tell other writers about my songwriting, they typically respond with, “I wish I could do that!” My response is always, “Why don’t you?” I hear reasons like, “I don’t know how,” or “I... Read More
Screenplay competitions have long served as a means for fledgling screenwriters to call attention to their talent, especially if they have little else to draw from in the way of Hollywood relationships. As a former literary manager and screenplay competition judge, I can confidently say that the most skilled storytellers... Read More
"You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do." ~Henry Ford Recently, I had a young family member tell me that his grades were down because he hadn't adapted this special way of studying, and that next semester, he'd have better grades because of this new-found method... Read More