Let's face it, being a writer is tough.
The stereotypical image of a writer on a tour paid for by the publisher and signing books for long lines of people just doesn't happen that often anymore. Extremely successful writers can still draw favor, but book signings are less frequented than they once were.
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I draw upon my musical background as a classically-trained vocalist to contrast pacing in writing and music for my newest post for Wordserve Water Cooler. They are very similar, a fact that has helped my writing tremendously. In my post I explain the techniques that have more than once caused readers of my … Continue Reading ››
In a moment of clarity at the tender age of twelve, I knew I wanted to write novels. Thus began an epic adventure spanning many years measured in discarded manuscripts, writer's angst, numerous rejections, and a few checks. Just thinking about it makes me tired.
Back then, I could have used … Continue Reading ››
Thanks for this great question about how to build an email list, Sandra Ardoin: I know we're supposed to have email lists, but I have few people who get my posts via email. Most come through WordPress and other areas. I don't feel comfortable … Continue Reading ››
Build a Professional Writing Career: How to Interest a Literary Agent
Gaining the attention of a literary agent can seem a formidable task. I once felt that way about it myself, but now I'm represented by Wordserve Literary. How did I come to the attention of my agent?
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I'll share with you something I've learned the hard way. After trying this, that, and the other thing while spending too much money in the name of promotion, I've discovered the best way to reach my readers. This advice may come across as too simplistic, … Continue Reading ››
Quintessential Guide to Writing the Breakout Novel
Donald Maas is a successful literary agent, an exceptional teacher with a masterful grasp not only on his topic but on how to motivate people, and a gifted writer with a knack for turning a phrase. While Writing the Breakout Novelis written for authors seeking the traditional route to publication, … Continue Reading ››
Having the zeal to write a novel will carry you through a lot of bumps on the rocky road to completing it. The road you choose is an important factor that will either expedite the process or waste your time. Set a logical course … Continue Reading ››