Publish It Now! No Matter What It Is
Do you want to publish something? An article, a non-fiction piece, a short story, a children's book, the great American novel? What are you waiting for? You may be answering that it's just too competitive. Competition in the writing industry is fierce, no doubt, but many good writers have piles of work collecting dust in a box, sitting in the corner, or in file upon file, tucked away in a desktop PC. You may be one of them, and their problem and yours is not the competition. It's the approach.
Ten years ago, publishing anything from a 500-word article to a suspense/thriller was a cumbersome task. The problem was the overwhelming procedure of querying an editor, waiting for a response to the query, tossing aside numerous rejections, then sending off your work after the query. Then, someone actually asked to see the work, only to decide they didn't like it, after all. All of this might take a total of four months, and all you have to show for your efforts is frustration and disappointment.
Many people, some very good writers, simply give up. Today, we live in the electronic age, and the process for writers has become amazingly simple; it's just that most writers still don't realize it. One incredible tool can change your approach to submitting and, ultimately, publishing your work. All writers need Writer's Market -- not the old hard back book, but the online version with the same service.
Writer's Market now contains more than just addresses and phone numbers. The most valuable additions are website and e-mail addresses. Best of all, the majority of publishers and agents accept queries via e-mail. In fact, many publishers and agents will take e-mails of your actual work, from article to novel. Plus, at the click of a mouse, you can locate agents and publishers of any genre and location.
Imagine spending one day on your computer, sending 50 to 100 e-mailed queries and submissions of your writing to literary agents and publishers. Many will reply the same day or within one week. You don't need a hard copy or an envelope or a stamp. The electronic age has created incredible new opportunities for writers. So, dust off those old manuscripts, subscribe to Writersmarket.com, and get your work out there.
It worked for me. My novel, The League, sat in a box for nine years. I followed the above procedure, and received a publishing contract in less than one month. Now, I'm working on novel number two. Learn more at www.sportsnovels.com.
Mark Barnes is the author of the new novel, The League, the first work of fiction, based on fantasy football. Learn more about this suspense thriller and Mark's other work at http://www.sportsnovels.com
Be Your Own Literary Agent and Get Published
So you're one of 20 million Americans who want to write a book. If you've already written a manuscript, chances are you're looking for agent representation. In the past few years, as an editor and literary consultant for www.TheOmnibus.org, I've had the opportunity to read more than 1,000 book proposals. Most, I'm sad to report, were inadequate because the author did not follow a few, very simple guidelines.
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Learn to Talk on Paper: The Art of Effective Business Writing
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Generating Nonfiction Book Titles Without a Hassle
The process of developing a working title for your nonfiction book can be a hassle sometimes. You first have to brainstorm a few titles, and if the results aren't to your liking, you are practically forced to brainstorm more possible titles --- or do you?
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You know you've got writing talent. Others enjoy your work and you've even sold a few things. You'd like to turn that writing talent into full-time freelancing but you don't enough clients yet. You need to toot your own horn!
Beginners Blues: How to Collect Samples, Testimonials, and References as a Freelancer
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A Few Keys to Writing Effective Dialogue
Every writer expends a great deal of creative energy developing a story line and limning well-balanced prose with evocative sentences. That's what writing is all about, after all. But fiction writers have an additional aspect to creation--effective dialogue. Very few stories, novellas or novels are without dialogue, and for some writers, this can be a stumbling block.
Conflict - How To Keep Your Readers Turning Pages
Some writers are just too kind.
Writing the PDA Way
When we think of writing it triggers many thoughts and visions depending on our framing. It could trigger a lone man with a full astray, unshaven, staring at an old plunking typewriter with white blank crisp paper waiting in anticipation for his words.
Put a Spin on Your Idea!
Eight or nine times out of ten, picking up and leafing through a magazine's or book's table of contents, you will find at least one or more articles or chapters that will catch your attention immediately. Never mind that that article or chapter's subject had been written about many times before. The one that caught YOUR attention stood out, most likely, because it put the topic in a new perspective.
How To Self-Publish Your Own Books, Manuals, Reports Or Newsletters
You can make a lot of money by writing and self-publishing your own material, if you are willing to write books, manuals, reports or newsletters that millions of people across the United States, and throughout the world for that matter, desperately want to buy.
The Power of Punctuation
Punctuation, when used creatively, is powerful. Note, however, that when I say 'when used creatively', I don't mean that you can make up the rules.
Get An Attitude About Your Writing
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How to Publish a Book: Key Differences Between Publishing and Self Publishing
For many authors just starting out, it can be a confusing and overwhelming decision whether to self publish a book or to seek out a traditional publishing house. It is important to know that the decision you make can have a huge impact on the success, or the failure, of your book.There are many factors to consider, and the right decision is going to be different for every author and for every book.
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How to Write Headlines for How-to Articles
Want to write a how-to article but can't come up with a topic?
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How to Create Incredible Characters Easily
Creating incredible characters can be easy if you know of a few simple rules:
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