Bad Writing Advice — All The Way YA

This to-the-point post is great advice...for both novice and experienced writers. Read on: No, this post is not going to give writers bad advice. It’s going to talk about all the bad advice writers are getting. Ever since I started publishing novels several years ago, I’ve noticed (via Twitter, blogs, and other sources) the sheer … Continue reading Bad Writing Advice — All The Way YA

The Best Piece of Writing Advice I Ever Received — A Writer’s Path

This wonderful piece came across my reader today...and, while the message is somewhat of a bitter pill, it still manages to be inspirational and motivating... by Meg Dowell You don’t know which projects are going to succeed, and which ones are going to fail. Many people assume that because I’ve been writing for a long … Continue reading The Best Piece of Writing Advice I Ever Received — A Writer’s Path

‘How to Make Money Writing’ Has a More Complicated Answer Than You Might Expect

Meg Dowell

It’s the question all beginners ask.

“How do I make money writing?”

It’s not a bad question. Most people just expect a simple answer.

The reality is, how to make money as a writer depends on too many factors for experts to be able to provide a simple answer to that one question.

Are you trying to make money through a blog? As an aspiring novelist? Are you experienced enough to sell services like coaching to newer writers? Are you expecting to be able to make a living as a freelancer within the first few months?

It doesn’t just depend on what you want to do. How far you want to go, how hard you want to work, to get there — within reason — also matters. Are you trying to turn a side hustle into a full-time gig by working nights and weekends in addition to your “real” job?…

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PAGE STREET PUBLISHING INFO — Writing and Illustrating

For those of you that have been in the process of querying publishers with your YA novel, I stumbled across this bit of news on my feed this morning--Page Street has recently added a YA imprint, and as soon as I finish reworking my own novel, this will be the first place I'll submit to... … Continue reading PAGE STREET PUBLISHING INFO — Writing and Illustrating

How to get Published — sue powers

The first thing to do before you submit your manuscript for publication is to have it proofed and edited. Publishers demand it. I’ve heard publishers say that they send their authors’ books out seven times just to be proofread. So proofread everything before you submit. Of course this can be costly. So first ask a […] … Continue reading How to get Published — sue powers

No, In Fact, You Should Not Write For Free — Whatever

The blog Lifehacker just posted a piece entitled “Why You Should Write For Free,” in which writer Nick Douglas (on staff, note) explains when he believes writing for free is appropriate — and when it is not. The headline alone is enough to fluff me up with righteous fury, as my own, consistent refusal to […] … Continue reading No, In Fact, You Should Not Write For Free — Whatever

Dry Spells Perspective #2: Andrew Tolson — REAL TALK

Okay, I’ll come clean. I gave up. Despite the number one piece of advice from writers, editors and agents, which is never give up. In fact, it’s usually in caps: Like it’s shouted across a vast chasm filled with the souls of all those who quit. Don’t be one of those poor fools! NEVER, EVER […] … Continue reading Dry Spells Perspective #2: Andrew Tolson — REAL TALK

If There Was a Board Game About Life as an Author #MondayBlogs #BoardGames #WritersLife — BlondeWriteMore

One of my favourite board games is ‘The Game of Life’ by Hasbro. You spin the wheel and start down the road of life in your little plastic car, taking exams, getting a job, making money, getting married, having babies, acquiring pets, losing money and going on adventures. The other day, whilst playing ‘The Game … Continue reading If There Was a Board Game About Life as an Author #MondayBlogs #BoardGames #WritersLife — BlondeWriteMore

Writing the dreaded synopsis! #amwriting #writingtips — Alison Williams Writing

Like writing the dreaded blurb, writing a synopsis can throw the best writers into a panic! This is something else I’ve written about before, but is definitely worth repeating. I’ve worked with lots of writers who can compose the most beautiful prose, bring scenes to vivid life, make me care about their characters, keep me […] … Continue reading Writing the dreaded synopsis! #amwriting #writingtips — Alison Williams Writing