November/December 2014 Issue
Free Writing Downloads
Workshops Starting November 1st
- Blogging 101
- Social Media 101
- Writing Children's Picture Books
- Conflict & Suspense Writing
- Write Great Dialogue
- Revision and Editing
- Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Form and Composition
- Turning Personal Stories in to Memoir
- The Art of Storytelling 102: Showing vs. Telling
Workshops Starting November 6th
- Blogging 101
Business Legal Matters
Discover what you need to know about business and legal matters. You’ll find tips for working with agents and editors, learn the truth about advances, foreign rights and what to expect with the sale your first book, and much more.
Query letter writing is no doubt one of the hardest forms of writing to master. Here’s what agents and publishers need to see from you when you pitch your work. Read more
First-time author Diane Kelly offers 4 strategies to connect with editors and sell your manuscript—without an agent. Read more
In his obituary to the year-long Domino Project, Seth Godin wrote that publishing companies and other traditional players that do not adapt to new modes of doing business will go extinct. Others have suggested the same.
Meanwhile, some authors like J.A. Konrath and David Gaughran have eschewed traditional relationships with publishers to create and distribute their work on their own. In the aftermath to the Book Country self-publishing tool launch from Penguin, some outspoken critics took the announcement as an opportunity to question publishers’ relevance.
Learn more about what Hot List agents Rachelle Gardner, Chris Richman, Suzie Townsend and Ted Weinstein are seeking by reading these in-depth Q&As.
Author Dinty W. Moore discusses not taking shortcuts, perseverance and why you need to love writing to be a writer.
Just because a natural disaster or computer virus wipes out your hard drive doesn’t mean you have to lose all your work.
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Wondering if it’s time to self-publish? Get the facts first and make a decision that’s right for you. Read more
If you’re a self-employed writer, finding health-care coverage can be daunting. Look to these organizations to help you get covered. Read more
Yeah, you heard us. There are grants out there for writers of all stripes, if you know where to look. Now you do. Read more
What goes into a winning query and how does one go about finding representation? Read more
Some leading writers organizations recommend against it, but many magazines don’t pay writers until their work is published. Is it worth the risk? Editors and writers weigh in. Read more
Understanding fair use is crucial for writers who glean material from outside sources. Learn when and how to attribute facts, opinions and paraphrases. Read more
“For me, research was the easy part because you know you’re getting results. And so you procrastinate the scary part, which is the actual sitting down and writing the story by convincing yourself that you’re being productive by doing more research … I researched for seven months.” Read more
Sometimes, a source’s exact words say everything that needs to be said. But not always. Read more
Commercial publishers, subsidy publishers, vanity presses, self-publishing, POD—what’s the difference? Read more
Here are 10 steps to pay attention to when sending your writing into a competition. Read more