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Nobody outside the realm of other authors care (and most of those don't care) how many books you sold, how you published, or if you jumped a tax bracket last year due to your huge royalty checks. Everyone, especially readers, only want to hear the good stuff. They only want to hear about story.
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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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
Whether penning a novel, a blogpost, or a magazine article, most writers work on deadline. But even with a due date, it’s easy to focus on life’s more pressing matters. After twenty years as a working scribe, I’ve discovered a few tricks to keep my productivity on track. 1. Schedule... Read More
One of the most common questions that FundsforWriters receives is where can someone find a grant to self-publish a book, ninety percent of the time their first book. No mention of genre, where the author lives, the purpose of the book, or why anyone would want to fund such a... Read More
Recently I told y'all about my son's new stray, adopted from the shelter. He's good at training pups, and so his journey begins with Lucy. His other dog, Harper, has all sorts of commands and tricks under her belt, and was a quick study, but Lucy? Well, just consider her... Read More
It's always painful when we spend time writing up articles only to have them rejected, time and again. However, a simple technique can turn your rejection emails in to payments. You just need to think outside the normal boxes and appeal to a different audience. Let me set the scene.... Read More
When a new writer asks me how to start making money freelancing, they usually ask "What are the rules?" You can buy many books and take classes on freelancing, but there are some pieces of advice that are pure common sense. 1) Do not pitch pieces until you already write... Read More