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.... Read More

How to Catch the Writing Bug

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Keys to Characterisation

Far too many inexperienced writers create flat, stereotypical characters: the brave fireman, the damsel in distress, the strict schoolmistress. The best characters are those who evoke emotions within the reader ? fear, admiration, affection, laughter, horror? If the writer fails to make us care about the characters, no matter how... Read More

Balance Your Life

Balance your life ----------------------- Writing is a solitary task. Writing needs concentration and quiet.... Read More

Persisting With Bulldog Determination

Persisting With Bulldog Determination [Book excerpt from Successercising} by Rick Gettle 2003-2004Ninety-five percent of all new businesses go out of business within the first five years or less.Why Do They Fail?There are many starters in life - but very few finish what they start. When the going gets tough,... Read More

Want to start a publishing revolution?

Calling all publishers, editors, journalists and freelance writers. It's time to breathe more life into your copy. Turn your articles into living pieces that spark measurable debate, get closer to your readers and engage their mind andsoul - we're talking revolution. As it was in the beginning Publishers have... Read More

Writing About Writing

What am I going to write about?Which topic is the best?Who is going to be interested in my article? You can ask yourself endless questions on 'what' is going to be the subject of your article. Don't despair! This is not a problem . Any topic will do, and a... Read More

Hunting for Markets Over the Holidays

Chances are, you'll be busy over the next several weeks. Between preparing for, celebrating, and unwinding from the holidays it may be difficult to maintain your regular writing routine. And if researching potential homes for your work is part of that routine-as it is for many of us who regularly... Read More

Boost Your Income With Trade Journals

Why would anyone want to write for trade journals? Aren't the topics are dry? Don't they require specialized knowledge? Not necessarily. You may want to consider trade journals to increase the potential market for your articles ? and for the money. Trade publications make up a significant portion of the... Read More

Recipe for a Style Guide

Wired Online has recently announced its plans to drop capitalization in internet, web, and net, but Wired Magazine continues to capitalize these words. Which should you do? For the most part, it's up to you. To ensure consistency on such tricky words, most editors will have a style guide. ... Read More

In The News:


What annoys famed authors about their own writing
Chicago Tribune
Here's one tic I wish I could tame in my writing: colons. I love colons. A colon is more emphatic than a comma, tidier than a dash. It's a tiny drumroll that tells the reader: Get ready. Something important or shocking is on the way. Because I love ...


New York Times (blog)

Will an App Change Your Writing Life?
New York Times (blog)
I'm a messy writer. I don't mean that my handwriting is bad (although it is), or that my desk is cluttered with empty mugs and books and baggies of trail mix (although it, too, is). I mean I tend to compose right in a browser window, alongside a whole ...


MyCentralJersey.com

Library wants patrons to write a novel in 30 days
MyCentralJersey.com
It's A Novel November at Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ)! Start jotting down ideas — or writing your novel— in these SCLSNJ notebooks that will be provided while supplies last at the National Novel Writing Month programs held at ...

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Writing The Non-Western Past: The Challenge Of Moving Beyond The Clichéd ...
Huffington Post
At the Kriti Festival of South Asian Arts & Literature recently, the same question kept rearing its irritating head: do we (in this case, writers of South Asian heritage) have a responsibility toward the culture we represent in our books and stories ...

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BU Today

Award-Winning Poet New Creative Writing Program Director
BU Today
Costello says that in seeking a successor to Epstein, “we were looking for a creative writing director who is himself not only a skillful writer with an international reputation, but also a learned writer, ideally with extensive knowledge of the ...


Wilbers: Seven criteria to consider before writing
Minneapolis Star Tribune
I've been asking participants in my writing seminars those three questions. Years ago a few people would say they loved it, a few would say they hated it and a majority would say they had mixed feelings. Recently, opinions have shifted. These days ...


ChicagoNow (blog)

National Day on Writing: Writing is power, words matter
ChicagoNow (blog)
Long before I could read I was writing on my pad, mesmerized by how the carbon made my scrawls, or even my fingernail drawn lines, purple. I wrote and wrote on those little pads. In second grade I got a diary for Christmas and I recorded my days in it ...


Poynter.org

When writing about Ebola, what images should you use?
Poynter.org
Lately, I've noticed the predominance two kinds of images with stories about Ebola — the virus itself and people in hazmat suits. I've used both for stories myself and wondered about the tone and message they're sending. Unlike what we've seen from ...


House Dem writing bill to stop Nazis from getting Social Security benefits
TheBlaze.com (blog)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Monday she's preparing to write a bill to make sure Nazi war criminals aren't given U.S. Social Security benefits. Her comment was a reaction to an Associated Press investigation that found some Nazis and ...

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The best way for students to become writers
Washington Post (blog)
What is the best way for students to become writers? If you were going to say “by practicing writing,” you may be surprised by the answer in the following post, written by Joanne Yatvin, a past president of the National Council of Teachers of English.

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How to Write Your Op-Ed Piece

Op-ed articles, also known as opinion/editorial articles, are a great... Read More

Passionate About Writing?

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When one population in one century survived five wars, two... Read More

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A Book Note Vs a Book Report

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Arouse Your Short Story And See It Published

Are you ready to abandon your short stories? Before you... Read More

Going On A Word Diet

There are three ways to write a first draft. One... Read More

Write On! - Key Components of Successful Business Communication

Written communication is often the first impression you make on... Read More

Persisting With Bulldog Determination

Persisting With Bulldog Determination [Book excerpt from Successercising} by Rick... Read More

Know Your Editing Choices

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Lately I've been noticing an odd trend amongst the freelance... Read More

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Gut Check: Quitting Your Full-time Job for Your Freelance Career

It's 6:00 p.m. You're dead tired, but instead of an... Read More

Where to Look for Your Next Project when You?re Writing for Profit

When my first book "Starting Your Own Business" was published... Read More

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1. Make your goals achievable.By achievable, we mean realistic and... Read More

Story Building with Imagination

In the words of Aristotle, "happiness is self contentedness helping... Read More

Making Freelance Writing Niche Types Fit: A Few Niche Types by Definition and Description

Our Freelance Writing Needs DefinedWe must make freelance niche types... Read More

Dont Rely on Your Spellchecker - or - The Importance of Good Proof Reading

Weather posting a page to your Website, writing a letter... Read More

Blank Mind, Blank Screen: Need Ideas!

Q. I'm staring at a blank screen with an equally... Read More

Writing Tips For Novice Authors

If you are reading this article then you probably have... Read More

Win More Clients, Projects and Freelance Jobs By Making Three Small Changes

I??ve spoken to hundreds of editors, employers, and project managers... Read More