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    1. Going with Small Publishers

      Going with Small Publishers

      If you've been trying to publish your first-ever work of fiction without success, you're not alone. Even the most well-known authors of today went through the same trials.

      Here's an article that shares some interesting points on the subject. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      Smaller houses like Deep Vellum have no problem working directly with writers. Writers without an agent can submit directly to smaller presses, and even partner with them to publish their work and gain representation. 

      If you want to learn more about why smaller publishers like Deep Vellum might be the best way to ...

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    2. Hard to Swallow Nuggets of Wisdom That You Need to Face if You Want Your Book to be Published

      Hard to Swallow Nuggets of Wisdom That You Need to Face if You Want Your Book to be Published

      Getting published is hard, but it's not impossible. Here are some of the difficult-to-swallow truths that you need to face if you want your book published. It's by Chuck Wendig and he calls his fascinating article, 25 Hard Truths About Writing And Publishing.

      In it, he shares some interesting insights. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      You will get bad reviews. You will want to respond. Repeat after me: “I will not respond. Because responding to bad reviews makes me look like a doofus with poor impulse control. Because one bad review is not the measure of my book ...

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    3. The Deakin University Non-fiction Prize 2019 is Up for Grabs

      The Deakin University Non-fiction Prize 2019 is Up for Grabs

      Here's a writing competition that you might want to join. It's called the Deakin University Non-Fiction Prize 2019 and we thought we'd share it here.

      Here's what you stand to win:

      The winner receives: a cash prize of $3000 and an editorial mentorship to develop their work from Managing Editor at Black Inc and Express Media Board Member Julia Carlomagno. Shortlisted writers will receive: an invitation to an exclusive craft development masterclass with some of Australia’s best nonfiction writers, personalised feedback on their entry from the judges and a generous selection of new-release books from ...

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    4. Advice on How to Achieve Longevity in the Publishing Career

      Advice on How to Achieve Longevity in the Publishing Career

      Toni Morrison had a long successful publishing career spanning 11 books. Here's an article from Jane Friedman on how writers today can strive for the same longevity. It's called How to Establish a Long-Term Writing Career: Insight From Two Literary Agents.

      It offers some thought-provoking perspectives. Here’s one that we thought was interesting:

      If a writer establishes themselves in one genre, they might not feel the effects of a downward trend the way writers new to the genre will. But the industry itself changes all the time—publishers merge, marketing budgets shrink, books are produced in new ...

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    5. Should You Be Worried About Piracy?

      Should You Be Worried About Piracy?

      Here's a fascinating piece from Jane Friedman. It's called Are You Worried Your Ideas or Work Would be Stolen?

      It shares some interesting ideas. Here's one that's particularly thought-provoking:

      Many believe that obscurity is a greater threat than piracy. I tend to agree. Piracy is more likely to hurt authors who are famous, rather than the unknown authors.

      However, even bestselling authors have experimented with giving their work away for free—even enabling piracy!—and have claimed to profit even more due to the marketing and publicity effect.

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    6. Making a Case for Vanity Press Publishing Even for Serious Authors

      Making a Case for Vanity Press Publishing Even for Serious Authors

      Do you have a masterpiece on your hand that publishers just don't seem to understand? This interesting article from Datebook shares how publishing via vanity press can work for you. It's called Is it Worth Paying $7,500 to Have Your Book Published? Maybe.

      In it, Barbara Lane gives some compelling points for it. Here's one that we found thought-provoking:

      As the publishing world becomes increasingly competitive and the purse strings ever more tightly drawn, it’s become harder and harder to get a contract with a traditional publisher. To meet the needs of writers dying to ...

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    7. How to Deal with Criticism in a Healthy Way

      How to Deal with Criticism in a Healthy Way

      Being a writer necessitates exposure--you make something for other people to read, but there will always be people who don't like your work. How you deal with it can either positively or negatively impact your writing. 

      In this Medium post, Bebe Nicholson talks about how we can deal with criticism in a healthier way--whether as writers or as people in general. Here's an excerpt that hit close to home:

      People who received a lot of criticism as children and never developed a healthy sense of self-worth are especially prone to resenting feedback. 

      Want to know how you can ...

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    8. How Introvert Writers can Engage through Online Writing Communities

      How Introvert Writers can Engage through Online Writing Communities

      A lot of writers find it easier to communicate on paper than in person--hence, our profession. But networking is an essential part of every writer's dream to get published, so it makes sense to connect with others. It's also a great way to meet like-minded people who appreciate books as much as we do, and share in the pains and joys of choosing this line of work.

      Thankfully, in the age of the internet, networking can be done via the written word in the form of social media--easier than going up to someone in person, but still a ...

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    9. Bet You Never Read about These Writing Tips Before

      Bet You Never Read about These Writing Tips Before

      There are hundreds of tips for budding writers out there--maybe a couple of them may have helped you, but most of them probably didn't. And while you might think you've heard them all before, here's a great list of unconventional writing tips compiled by Ali Luke of the Smart Blogger. 

      Here's one I'm excited to try:

      You might never have considered this, but there’s no reason why you can’t draft your blog posts in old-fashioned ink on old-fashioned paper. You may find that the composition process feels quite different when you’re writing ...

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    10. 10 Tips for Writers Attending a Writers Conference

      10 Tips for Writers Attending a Writers Conference

      If you've ever been nervous about attending a writer's conference, here's an article we think you'll enjoy. These events are pretty scary, what with so many unfamiliar faces, intimidating names, and the ever-present pressure to make useful connections. But John Peragine of Writer's Digest argues it doesn't have to be like that. These events are opportunities to connect with likeminded people who love reading and writing books--if you think about it that way, it actually sounds pretty fun!

      He lists ten useful tips that would help any writer attending a writer's conference. Here ...

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    11. Tips from Nora Roberts for Aspiring Writers and Authors

      Tips from Nora Roberts for Aspiring Writers and Authors

      Found this article on Infinity Publishing and it really piqued our interest. It’s a blog post by Arthur Gutch titled Nora Roberts' Top 7 Tips for Writers and Authors.

      He shares some intriguing points that he learned from the prolific writer, Nora Roberts. Here’s one of them:

      Write what you read for pleasure, don't worry about the market. Concentrate on writing the best book you'd ever love to read. If you love your subject matter, you'll put more heart and feeling into what you write. Have fun with it! You've got the greatest job ...

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    12. Self-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid

      Self-Publishing Mistakes to Avoid

      This article from Forbes piqued our curiosity. It's called The Biggest 5 Mistakes When Self-Publishing a Book and we thought that it would make a great share here.

      In int, career coach Ashley Stahl offers up some nuggets of wisdom in the realm of self-publishing. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      While it may be tempting to just release an ebook because it’s easier, David points out that the majority of book sales for entrepreneurs happen when they either speak to large crowds or receive bulk orders from companies.

      To learn more from Ms. Stahl, take a look at ...

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    13. Getting Your Work Published Through an Anthology

      Getting Your Work Published Through an Anthology

      Here's a fascinating article from Tim O'Mara. It's called How to Get Included in a Short Story Anthology.

      He shares some interesting insights. Here's one that's particularly thought-provoking:

      A large number of anthologies have themes. The one I just edited and curated—Down to the River, Down & Out Books, April 2019—involves crimes stories that take place on or near rivers. Can your setting be changed? Can your lead female become a lead male? Can the race of your lead characters be changed? I’m not saying compromise your vision; I am saying you stand ...

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    14. Show Instead of Tell: The Subtleties of Character Writing

      Show Instead of Tell: The Subtleties of Character Writing

      Here's a problem that many aspiring writings struggle with: how to subtly show your character's traits instead of spelling them out to the reader. Rochelle Siemienowicz shares with Writers Victoria a writing exercise you can do to hone this skill.

      The people you write about in your memoir are your characters. This simple exercise is designed to interrogate your memory and your relationship with one of those key characters in your personal story.

      If you want to practice showing instead of telling, read the full article!

       

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    15. How Writer's Block is Actually A Good Thing

      How Writer's Block is Actually A Good Thing

      If you've even been stuck in a creative rut, you'll know it's no walk in the park.  You feel frustrated, unproductive, and stressed that you can't seem to move past it. But Jane Friedman writes in her blog why she thinks a writer's blog is a gift. 

      She argues:

      Writer’s block can offer a powerful, even life altering gift of discovering your own style of creative thinking. Once you know, you can make choices. 

      Read more to find out how you can make your writer's block work for you!

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    16. These Successful Writers Recommend These Books if You Want Learn How to Write Well

      These Successful Writers Recommend These Books if You Want Learn How to Write Well

      Here's a fascinating article from the blog pages of the Australian Writer's Centre. It's aptly titled Books on Writing Recommended by Successful Writers.

      It shares some insights from a lot of different writers. This one's particularly thought-provoking:

      The goal of Goldberg’s book is to use “writing as your practice, as a way to help you penetrate your life and make you sane”. She draws on zen meditation and encourages developing a daily writing practice.

      Take a look at the rest of this article for more information and context.

       

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    17. How Writing Short Stories Can be a Gateway to Publishing Your Novel

      How Writing Short Stories Can be a Gateway to Publishing Your Novel

      We read this article from the blog site Reedsy. It's called How to Write a Short Story and we thought it would be a great jump-off point to writing and publishing novels.

      It shares some awesome tips on how to write a short story that gets published. Here's a 

      If you want to get published, first publish yourself. That might seem odd advice for an article on how to get published traditionally. But I believe building your online platform is an essential first step. Agents and publishers today want to know what ‘platform’ you have – i.e. what ...

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    18. Industry Insiders on the How They Choose Which Novels to Publish

      Industry Insiders on the How They Choose Which Novels to Publish

      Thought that we would share this excellent article from Independent UK. It's called So You Want to be a Novelist? A New York Literary Agent, Editor, and Author Reveal How Bestsellers are Born.

      In it, Clemence Michallon shares some of the views of industry insiders. This one is from Stephen Barbara:

      Yes, having an established list of clients means it’s “a little harder to find time” for unsolicited queries – but it does happen, Barbara insists. “There are often clues in a query letter that someone is well worth paying attention to, so I do try to keep up ...

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    19. Marketing Your Own Book

      Marketing Your Own Book

      We happened upon this fascinating article from Jane Friedman and thought that we would share it with you. It's titled 9 Ways (and 2 Rewards) of Marketing Your Own Book.

      In it, she shares her struggles and tribulations in marketing her own works. Here's a short excerpt where she shares wisdom from her experience:

      As for reaching strangers or new readers, again I bought boxes of my books and gave them away at readings, asking people to post a review on Amazon or Goodreads in exchange. I gave one to a perfect stranger in a restaurant who commented ...

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    20. How to Get the Coveted Bylines for Top-Tier Publications

      How to Get the Coveted Bylines for Top-Tier Publications

      Here's a fascinating article from Forbes. It's called How Prolific Writer Olga Mecking Gets Published in Top Tier Bylines.

      In this feature, she shares some tips on getting published in leading newspapers and magazines. Here's a tip that we thought was interesting:

      For pitching, I send out around 10-20 pitches a week. My approach is to give the editor something she knows and something she doesn't. The part she knows is her audience. The part she doesn't know is the part that you're an expert in.

      To check out some of her other tips ...

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    21. Differentiating Yourself From the Competition

      Differentiating Yourself From the Competition

      We found this article from Entrepreneur Asia Pacific. It's called How to Set Yourself Apart From the Competition.

      It offers us some excellent tips on setting yourself apart. Here's one about transparency that we really thought interesting:

      So what does being transparent mean? It means being clear and open about your goals, motivations, and mission at the workplace. By being open about your achievements and hopes for the future, you’ll open up lines of communication that can create opportunities. Being transparent helps you work with people, not for or against them!

      For more tips like this that ...

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    22. Tips for Modern Day Publishing

      Tips for Modern Day Publishing

      Found this compelling article on Medium. It's called Tips for Getting Published in 2018 and we thought that the items Jennifer Rotner wrote here are just as potent in 2019.

      She has some fascinating insights. This one, in particular, grabbed our attention:

      You have a unique point of view and a distinct voice. Never be afraid to show them off. Start writing blog posts, social media posts, and anything that lets your voice be heard by a larger audience. Agents and publishers are looking for someone who is fully engaged in the process.

      She fills this piece with a ...

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    23. Is There a Career to Made Out of Self-Publishing?

      Is There a Career to Made Out of Self-Publishing?

       Came across this inspiring article from Forbes and thought it would help some aspiring authors here.  It's called How to Build a Successful Writing Career Through Self-Publishing.

      In it, various writers share their insights. Here's one from the author of Big Hair, Don't Care, Crystal Swain-Bates:

      Don’t spend so much time researching and working on the details of creating a book that you miss your chance to actually write the story that’s in your heart. The world needs your voice, so focus on writing first. The rest will come together.

      There are more authors in ...

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    24. Reading Female Authors

      Reading Female Authors

      Have you read this fascinating article from Jane Friedman's blog? It's called Why Read Women Writers?

      It shares the brilliant perspective Bill Wolfe, an award-winning educator, who emphasizes the universality of the female voice. Here's what he has to say about it:

      I think the best way to get men to read more books by women is by emphasizing that they are simply terrific books, worth anyone’s time. Then, when they read the book, they’ll find the other things that give it both a distinctly female perspective and universal value. Infiltrate and double-cross!

      Give the ...

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