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The Best of FundsforWriters
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.
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When you become a freelance writer, you can potentially write for numerous websites, blogs and magazines. How you decide which clients to approach depends on the niche you select. Your niche also helps with branding, which enables potential clients to find you. The most effective and engaging articles, blog posts... Read More
Whether or not you’re a Facebook fan, hosting an online launch party for your just-published book can gather readers and sell books. Real-world book launches are useful for getting the word out about your print book via press releases to newspapers, but sometimes the response in terms of actual attendees... Read More
In a recent Funds for Writers issue, Hope continued her steady mentorship of us writers by urging us not to accept invitations for speaking engagements for which we would not be paid. This certainly wasn't the first time she has told us not to sell ourselves short. Writers need to... Read More
Most emails I receive from readers about finding funds, request sources of grants. Grants to pay them to write, travel, or research. Most of the time, these are first-time book creators, calling from the great sea of the unpublished. And each time I have to tell them that unless they... Read More
The fun (and highly profitable) part of freelance journalism is getting to interview the rich and famous. But how do you get to do it? I’ve interviewed everyone from political figures to world famous musicians and writers. Here’s how you can too: A publication’s backing helps. Saying “I’m with People... Read More
As far back as I can remember, I have wanted to be a writer in some capacity. In the 90s, when I graduated from college and before the internet of things, I had no idea how to make that happen. I became a social worker. Working for Big Brothers Big Sisters was... Read More
Congratulations! You’ve finished your book. If you’ve polished your manuscript and had it edited, you’re ready to publish on Kindle. Not much in life is free anymore, but publishing a Kindle book is. You can format a Kindle book yourself and upload it to Amazon for no charge. Here’s how.... Read More
There are readers who like bookstores and readers who prefer Amazon. Pitting them against each other is like telling people they ought to like Coca Cola over Pepsi. They have their reasons, and you won't change them. Most of the time. “If the bookshops are good enough, if the relationship... Read More
This week my literary agent said she’ll submit my young adult novel to publishers. Her advice to me during this waiting period is “You must be patient. Are you patient?” Yes! For me to have gotten to this point, I had to be incredibly patient—over 10 years’ worth of persistence.... Read More
We all live by unspoken rules and manners. No passing gas in a restaurant. No joking about someone coming in tenth in a competition. No correcting your grandmother in public. We learn these manners from our elders. From those who've gone before us, and supposedly schooled us correctly. Same goes for... Read More