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February 7, 2018

What Rejection Letters Really Mean

by Wendy S. Delmater Oh no. Your literary creation—poem, article, novel, or story—has been rejected. What do you do now? One of the first questions you should ask is, was this a Form Rejection or a Personalized Rejection? When you use The Grinder (by Diabolical Plots) to keep track of your submissions, it even gives…

February 6, 2018

11 Audiobook & Braille Publishers of Books

By Alex J. Coyne Having your work published (or republished) as Audiobooks or Braille texts can expose you to an entirely new readership as a writer. And the good news is there are a couple imprints who specialize if you know where to look. Here are some places to submit your work. Audiobook Publishers Audio…

February 1, 2018

How to Promote Yourself on Social Media (Without Trying Too Hard)

— By Isabelle Kenyon So you have a book and you have access to the internet – and theoretically, you can now promote that book to the WORLD through social media. Unfortunately, social media marketing is a tricky thing to do ‘right’ or to pin down. I’m going to talk you through the mistakes I…

Places That Will Promote Your Book

By Alex J. Coyne A writer’s job is part writing and part promoting. Self-published authors need places that will feature their work, but so do traditionally published authors, particularly ones with smaller publishing houses. These include blogs, websites, libraries, bookstores and even radio stations looking for writers to interview and books to review. I compiled…

January 25, 2018

How to Craft a Killer Short Story — and How to Get It Published

If you’re looking to become a successful author, getting your short stories published in literary magazines can be an incredibly valuable plume in your cap. It builds your writer’s resume, it allows you to reach an audience, and there is of course the potential benefit of getting paid for your writing — or winning prizes…

January 18, 2018

Seven Flash Fiction Markets that Pay Writers

By Alex J Coyne Flash fiction is really short fiction, sometimes 1, 000 words and under, though usually 500 words and less. Do you think you could tell a story with punch in a few hundred words? Then check out some of these markets that accept flash fiction. All of these publishers pay, although one…

January 11, 2018

Everyone Judges a Book by the Cover: How to Find the Right One

By Alex J. Coyne A professional, well-designed cover can make all the difference. It does not matter if a potential reader encounters your book in physical form, or online, a good cover can sell copies much easier than a bad one. I have bought books based on covers alone, I have also refused to buy…

January 4, 2018

The Top 3 Red Flags When Searching for Book Editors

Lindsey Danis A freelance book editor can help a writer polish a manuscript, but too many editors prey on vulnerable writers who want external validation. Inexperienced or predatory editors can do more harm than good—taking your money, not directly improving your manuscript, and causing indigestion. What red flags should savvy writers know when searching for…

December 28, 2017

Everything You Need to Know to Have a Successful DIY Writer’s Retreat

By Akanksha Singh Maya Angelou rented herself a hotel room in every town she lived in, just for her writing. She’d leave home at six, be in the room and writing by six thirty, and head back around lunch time. There’s something about having a room of one’s own, away from the stress of living,…

December 21, 2017

Writers’ Forums: How to Connect with a Writing Community Online

By Alex J. Coyne Keeping in touch with other writers, readers and editors is a great way to be exposed to new fiction, find writing gigs, get critique, promote your work and generally get to know the market. Here’s a list of the best forums, communities and message boards for writers. Writers’ Digest Forums Writers’…

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