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    1. Everything Children's Book Authors to Know from Picture Books to YA Fiction

      Everything Children's Book Authors to Know from Picture Books to YA Fiction

      Found this intriguing article at The Guardian. It's called How to Publish a Children's Book: A Guide for First-Time Authors.

      Whether you're a first-time author or not, you're going to find some gems here. This one's our favourite:

      Modern editors take word count quite seriously. They rarely have time to thoroughly edit the books they acquire, so if you’ve written a 200,0000-word middle-grade opus, most editors will think, “Who needs that kind of stress?” and give it a hard pass.

      Give the full article a read to learn more...

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    2. Basic Structure of a Heroic Novel

      Basic Structure of a Heroic Novel

      Here's a fascinating story structure from Karen Woodward. It's got everything covered - from Act I to wrap-up.

      This particular excerpt was really thought-provoking:

      However The Hero ends up succeeding, it has to be from The Hero's own efforts. It's not that no one else can help him -- sometimes the Big Bad's abused Sidekick gives The Hero some help -- but the solution must come from The Hero.

       Karen Woodward has more insights here so do give the rest of her article a read...

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    3. Promoting a Self-Published Book

      Promoting a Self-Published Book

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the prolific author, Derek Haines. It's called What’s The Best Way To Promote My Self-Published Book?

      It offers some really interesting ideas on promoting your book if ever you chose to self-publish. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy: 

      Paying a little for web hosting, advertising, book promotion and most importantly, book covers is money very well invested. But, of course, always invest wisely.

       To find out more about these ideaslook into the rest of this insightful piece. 

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    4. Publishing Your Cherished Poems

      Publishing Your Cherished Poems

      Here's a compelling article from the TCK Publishing. It's called How to Publish a Poem: 3 Ways to Become a Published Poet.

      It shares some interesting ways you can publish your poems. Here’s one tip that's surprisingly simple yet effective:

      Follow their submission guidelines. I can’t reiterate enough how important this step is. The vast majority of poetry submissions are rejected automatically simply because the writer did not follow the organization’s submission guidelines properly.

      Have a look at the complete article for more of the author’s observations.

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    5. Getting Your Work into Library Shelves

      Getting Your Work into Library Shelves

      Found this interesting piece from Jane Friedman called 6 Steps to Get Your Self-Published Book Into Libraries. It's got a lot of meaty insights.

      Here’s one of them that really got us to think: 

      If you pitch the library via email, definitely include links to your profile on your publisher’s website (if there is one), your own author website or blog, and your social media channels.

      For easy reference, on a single page of your website, compile your review links, pictures of your book’s cover, social media links, and photos of any author events you’ve ...

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    6. What's the Nance Donkin Award?

      What's the Nance Donkin Award?

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the Society of Women's Writers in Victoria Inc. It’s called The Nance Donkin Literary Award

      It tells us about the prestigious award. Here's a short excerpt:

      SWWV offers the Nance Donkin Award biennially to perpetuate the memory of a benefactor to our branch, who was a dynamic and longtime member. Nance had expressed her wish that we validate authors of books for children.

      To learn more about the award or to find out the who previous winners are, give the rest of this article a quick read.

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    7. How New Authors Can Stand a Chance Against Well-Established Ones

      How New Authors Can Stand a Chance Against Well-Established Ones

      Came across this helpful piece of writing from Jane Friedman and thought that we would share it. It's called What Makes Readers Give an Unknown Author a Chance?

      It shares some fascinating nuggets of wisdom. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      Overwhelmingly, what made respondents willing to “give a new author a try” (other than a trusted recommendation) was the book’s cover and title: in other words, their first impression.

      That didn’t mean they would end up loving the book or even finishing it, only that it would motivate them to pick it up, open it, and purchase ...

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    8. Here's What To Do When You're Running Low on Inspiration

      Here's What To Do When You're Running Low on Inspiration

      The Collective Hub makes some good points in this piece. It's called 3 Things To Do When You're Lacking Inspiration. 

      This one's particularly interesting: 

      Flick through the pages of your favourite magazine. Immerse yourself in the words and images inside and allow your thoughts to naturally flow.⁠

      Give the rest of this post a read. The other two tips might be exactly what you needed...

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    9. Why Writers Must Prioritize Exposition Within the Scene

      Why Writers Must Prioritize Exposition Within the Scene

      Jane Friedman has some great advice on her blog and here's one that we just couldn't help but share. The article is Exposition Should Serve the Scene, Not the Other Way Around and we've got it linked for you here.

      Here's a short excerpt:

      Always be writing scene, with the understanding that a scene includes not just the basic elements of drama—action, dialogue, and setting—but descriptions, exposition, flashbacks, and any other contextual matter that helps us to understand and appreciate the scene in question. If “show, don’t tell” isn’t always good advice ...

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    10. Some Tips For Aspiring Authors from One of Australia's Largest Publishing Houses

      Some Tips For Aspiring Authors from One of Australia's Largest Publishing Houses

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the Allen and Unwin publishing house. It’s called Getting Published.

      It makes a ton of interesting points. This one's genuinely noteworthy:

      There are two final points I would like to get out of the way. Publishers usually specify the length of manuscript they require. However difficult it may seem, and no matter how many good reasons you may have, I urge you not to submit work which is appreciably longer or shorter than specified. (A couple of hundred words either way is usually acceptable.) It is the mark of the ...

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    11. Short story competition being held in Houghton area

      Short story competition being held in Houghton area

      It's a short story competition being organized by the Portage Lake District Library and the Rosza Center.

      With the snow falling in the Upper Peninsula the primary theme of the competition is "Winter in the U.P."

      The stories should be 750 words or less, and anyone is allowed to submit their own story.

      The Rosza Center is bringing in the radio show, Selected Shorts, to perform the winning stories live.

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    12. Traversing the Murky Waters of Fair Use Policies

      Traversing the Murky Waters of Fair Use Policies

      Here's a compelling article from Jane Friedman's blog. It's called A Writer's Guide to Fair Use and Permissions + Sample Permissions Letter.

      In it, she shares some of her insights. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

      Unfortunately, quoting or excerpting someone else’s work falls into one of the grayest areas of copyright law. There is no legal rule stipulating what quantity is OK to use without seeking permission from the owner or creator of the material. Major legal battles have been fought over this question, but there is still no black-and-white rule.

      Have a look ...

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    13. The Importance of Honesty in Writing

      The Importance of Honesty in Writing

      Karen Woodward shares some nuggets of wisdom here. It's an article called Truth in Fiction: The Importance of Honesty.

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

      Truthfulness meshes with the world in a way that its opposite does not. If I am honest about what makes me happy, sad, angry, frustrated, and so on, then -- because we are all much like each other -- my readers can relate to these experiences. 

      To find out more about Karen's insights, look into the rest of this interesting piece.

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    14. How Would You Like Your Work to Be Published?

      How Would You Like Your Work to Be Published?

      Stumbled upon this noteworthy piece from Jane Friedman. It's called Should You Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish?

      It shares some fascinating insights. This one was particularly interesting:

      If your goal is a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, you’ll probably need a traditional publisher’s muscle behind you. It’s also very challenging to get any major media to pay attention to you as a self-pub author.

      Give the rest of this article a read to get everything you need about this difficult decision...

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    15. Should You Hire a Sensitivity Reader?

      Should You Hire a Sensitivity Reader?

      This article from the Reedsy blog piqued our interest. The author calls it What are Sensitivity Readers? (And Should Authors Use Them?

      It offers up some fascinating nuggets of wisdom. This one was particularly thought-provoking:

      It depends on a number of variables: the subject on which you’re writing, your characters, and where you fall in the debate of censorship. Some writers may think, “Better safe than sorry,” while others believe that such readers are unnecessary.

      Check out the rest of this article from the website linked below…

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    16. How to Sustain High Sales for Your Book

      How to Sustain High Sales for Your Book

      Found this interesting piece from the Self Publishing School and it really piqued our interest. It’s called Best Practices for Higher Sustained Book Sales.

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

      When promoting and marketing your book, you can’t be everywhere doing all things at once. That is why we recommend you choose two social media sites to work with and post your content regularly on these two sites.

      If you want more, give the full article a quick read at the website linked below…

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    17. How Physical Books Are Still Alive in the Era of Digital Media

      How Physical Books Are Still Alive in the Era of Digital Media

      Here's a compelling article from The Australian Financial Review. It's called Why Vinyls, Books and Magazines Will Never Die.

      In it, Leonid Bershidsky shares some interesting observations. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:

       According to the American Booksellers' Association, independent bookstores' sales went up about 5 per cent in 2018. These stores are where people hang out, discuss their discoveries, receive recommendations and advice. 

      Have a look at the complete article for more of Leonid's fascinating arguments.

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    18. Why You Should Think Long and Hard About Self-Publishing for a Living

      Why You Should Think Long and Hard About Self-Publishing for a Living

      Thought we’d share this fascinating article from the Forbes. It’s titled How Self-Publishing Helped An Alzheimer's Caregiver Cope.

      It raises some really interesting points. Here’s one that we thought was genuinely noteworthy:

      But often buried in optimistic stories about self-publishing is the operative, off-putting statistic that’s been cited over the years with minor variations: the average self-published print book sells about 250 copies. And the average Kindle Direct Publishing book on Amazon makes less than $500 over the course of its life. That may be a little more than print book profits, but don’t ...

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    19. Can I Leave My Book's Editing to The Literary Agent to Save on Hiring an Editor?

      Can I Leave My Book's Editing to The Literary Agent to Save on Hiring an Editor?

      Here's something that you might have asked yourself. Can I just submit my work to a literary agent and let them edit it the way they see fit so that I don't have to hire an editor myself?

      Luckily, we have this fascinating article to reference. In it, author Harry Bingham shares us his views. It's called Do Literary Agents Edit Manuscripts?

      It's got some really interesting and practical points. This one's particularly fascinating:

      Your manuscript has to be really, really good already. You can’t just use agents as a free pass to solving ...

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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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