Time to get serious about yourwriting career
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Thought of the Week
What about all those souls giving away free books? Personally, I only take a free book if I intend to read it as a reviewer. And frankly, I prefer to pay for my books. Why? Because I prefer people pay for mine. Too much free only means you're easy.
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I believe I'll touch a nerve here, which is sometimes fun. But most of the time, it means a controversial topic that wakes people up....and makes people make excuses for what they thought was righteous behavior. We'll see. Not long ago, I wrote a piece about paying writers properly. I... Read More
If you are fluent in more than one language, you may want to consider translating your own manuscripts. Here are six reasons why you should give it a try. 1 - Practice makes perfect The good news is you don't need to be a professional translator to tackle a translation... Read More
Before you fork over a chunk of money to subscribe to a writer's market database, try your hand at compiling your own market list by using the power of search engines. You will discover markets better targeted to your specific needs at no cost other than a few minutes on... Read More
I received this email from a reader this week: "I see an entry that might work for me, but then the publication requests $10, $20, and sometimes more to enter the contest. Many times I just pass. Why should we pay to present our work? To date, I have paid... Read More
Love television? Did you know you could make money writing about it? You can make a steady income that’s residual, much like royalties, and there’s also the option of getting paid per article or even becoming a staff writer. I write for MoviePilot.com. This site has thousands of writers, but... 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... Read More
Last week, I mentioned a new trend of blogs/online news sites that offer payment and no bio link, or just a bio link instead of payment, in exchange for writing an article. I launched into a mini-rant as to how disrespectful this is by the site. I've asked for names... Read More
In this follow-up article, I put more of an emphasis on the feature film world. Thanks to the proliferation of “prosumer” technology like HD cameras and editing software, more films are being made now than ever before, offering increased accessibility for writers who are willing to attempt a more non-traditional... Read More
As a former literary manager, I represented film and television writers for the better part of eight years. Many of the talented but less experienced writers who hadn’t yet made a living at the craft were solely interested in creating original screenplays that would be shopped to production companies, studios... Read More
This past year, I finally gained the courage to launch into a full-time freelance writing career. While I’m happy, I feel a bit guilty because I arrived in part by breaking the first rule of freelancing: Thou shalt not work for free. By sharing my story, I hope that other... Read More