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    1. Getting Rid of Writer's Block

      Getting Rid of Writer's Block

      Writer's block is more common than you would think. Here's an article that might help you with that.

      It's called Being Good with Okay: Breaking the Block.

      In it, Justin Cox shares some interesting perspectives on how he beat his own writer's block. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Chances are I won’t write the most amazing piece of English literature in several years. In fact, most of what I write probably won’t capture anyone’s eyes but my own. And that’s okay. Putting words on the page is the first step ...

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    2. The Why and the How of Writing and Publishing Personal Essays

      The Why and the How of Writing and Publishing Personal Essays

      Personal essays are a great way to let connect with your readers on a more personal level. If you haven't been publishing them, this essay from The Write Life shows us how. It's called 19 Websites and Magazines That Want to Publish Your Personal Essay.

      It makes some really interesting points. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      For reporters or academics, it can be hard to step back from research rituals and write from personal experience. But a personal essay can endear you to an audience, bring attention to an issue, or simply provide comfort to a ...

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    3. Ebook Writing and Publishing 101

      Ebook Writing and Publishing 101

      Came across this fascinating piece from Jane Friedman and it really piqued our interest. It’s titled How to Publish an Ebook: Resources for Authors.

      It shares some intriguing points. Here’s one of them:

      The good news is that you don’t have to choose between working directly with online retailers and using ebook distributors, since it’s rare for any distributor to demand exclusivity. For example, you could choose to work directly with Amazon KDP to sell your ebooks on Amazon, then use an ebook distributor such as Draft2Digital or Smashwords to reach other retailers. Or you could ...

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    4. Crafting a Blog Post That People Will Actually Read

      Crafting a Blog Post That People Will Actually Read

      Publishers are starting to rely on blog entries more and more in gauging whether a writer's style and skill is what they want. So, it's important that you know how to craft a decent blog post. 

      Here's a fascinating article from the Karen Woodward. It's called How to Write a Good Blog Post.

      In it, she shares some insightful perspectives. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Titles are important, especially for a blog post. The title is the first thing your reader sees. If the title doesn’t grab them, they won’t continue reading ...

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    5. Getting a Book Deal

      Getting a Book Deal

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy piece from Cal Newport and thought that we would share it. It's a blog entry called How to Get a Book Deal: Lessons from my Adventures in the World of Non-Fiction Publishing.

      In it, he offers us some fascinating ideas. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      Books are sold by agents. If your idea is not good enough to get an agent then it’s not good enough to be bought by a publisher. As a first-time writer, an agent is the only reasonable path to get your idea considered by a publisher. The implication: get ...

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    6. 6 Editors on how You Can Get Published on Their Respective Platforms

      6 Editors on how You Can Get Published on Their Respective Platforms

      Here's a fascinating article from Forbes. It's called 26 Tips from Editors on How to Get Published.

      In it, Estelle Erasmus shares her own and compiles tips from other editors on how to get your work published. Here’s what she had to say:

      • Create a narrative arc (It’s Narratively after all) so it needs a beginning, middle and end
      • Write your story as if you were telling it to a close friend
      • Include a powerful intro that takes us right into the story 
      • Think like a movie, with lots of sensory language and vivid details
      • Something ...
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    7. How to Promote Your Self-Published Book

      How to Promote Your Self-Published Book

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the Minute Hack. It’s titled How Do You Promote Your Book If You Choose to Self-Publish.

      It offers some stimulating ideas. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      Ask yourself if your book delivers a great first impression. You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s exactly what readers do, so your ‘product’ must look as good as those being churned out by major publishing houses. A major reason some indie authors struggle to attract readers is because their covers aren’t up to scratch ...

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    8. Are Digital Publishers Exploiting Their Authors?

      Are Digital Publishers Exploiting Their Authors?

      Digital publishing is changing the game. Here's a thought-provoking piece from The Guardian that explores the effects of this relatively new publishing method on the industry. It's called Digital-Only Imprints in the E-Book Era: Inclusive or Exploitative?

      It has some really interesting points. Here's one of them:

      Digital publishing is not about dumping books on a Kindle. From my experience, it is about bright and talented editors finding work that they love and working with an author to get a book the best it can be. With Carina UK, I have gone through all the processes one ...

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    9. Self-Published Books That Went on to Gain Huge Success

      Self-Published Books That Went on to Gain Huge Success

      Self-publishing isn't for everyone. But for the few that it has worked for, it's just something magical. Here's a fascinating article from Mental Floss that shares some of the most successful self-published books ever. It's called 6 Books You Didn’t Know Were Originally Self-Published.

      It has some interesting titles. Here's one ultra-successful book that we found odd that publishers said no to:

      The six publishers who received her manuscript insisted on publishing it as a large book so they could inflate the price, but Potter refused—she wanted it to be small enough that ...

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    10. There's No One Sure Path to Getting Published

      There's No One Sure Path to Getting Published

      Here's some interesting insights from published author, lawyer, and activist, Melody Moezzi. It's called 11 Tips on Getting Your Book Published.

      It's got some really noteworthy ideas. Here's one of them:

      If I’ve learned anything for sure, it’s that nothing is for sure. There are no hard and fast rules here. Still, I receive questions almost daily from prospective first-time authors who want know the “secret” to getting published.

      Give the rest of the article a read to learn more about her experiences as an author.

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    11. Writing Book Proposals for Your Non-Fiction

      Writing Book Proposals for Your Non-Fiction

      Here's a fascinating article from the Jane Friedman. It's called How to Write a Book Proposal.

      In it, she shares some insightful perspectives on how to most effectively market a non-fiction book idea. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      It’s natural to assume the book proposal should discuss what your book is about. But this is a mistake. Rather than focusing on the content, focus on why the content will benefit the reader or why the reader will care. At the publishing house I worked at, this was called “evidence of need.”

      Have a look at ...

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    12. Tips to Publishing and Selling Your Work in the Modern Book Market

      Tips to Publishing and Selling Your Work in the Modern Book Market

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy piece from The Write Practice and thought that we would share it. Joe Bunting, the author, titles it How to Publish a Book and Sell Your First 1000 Copies.

      It gives us some fascinating ideas. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      I know you want to write booksbut while you’re working on your first book, you can publish other forms to build your audience.

      I always recommend that people recycle chapters from failed novels and works in progress into short stories. You can also create a blog and share excerpts from your work in progress ...

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    13. How to Spot a Self-Publishing Scam

      How to Spot a Self-Publishing Scam

      Here's a fascinating article from Alex Palmer of Publishers Weekly. It's called DIY: How to Avoid Self-Publishing Scams.

      It shares some thoughtful insights. This one's particularly interesting:

      A lack of responsiveness or attention could mean if something were to go wrong—a mistake, poor quality work, a billing issue, etc.—there might not be someone available to assist you with your problem, which undoubtedly can be aggravating and unfair.

      Avoid becoming a victim of these scams. Give the article a read.

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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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.

      Take a look at the rest of this ...

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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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