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, 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:


Bush 43 writing about Bush 41
George W. Bush first thought of the book around 2010 and began writing it two years later, consulting widely with friends and family members, including his father. The book is expected to be around 300 pages and Crown is planning a first printing of 1 ...
'43' Writing Biography on '41'Breitbart News (blog)
W. on HW: George W. Bush Writes Book About Father George HW BushNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Police chief: Cop reassigned for writing 80% of all pot citations, needling ...
SEATTLE — Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole said Wednesday she has reassigned an officer and asked for an investigation after discovering he had written about 80% of the marijuana citations issued this year, with many of them directed to the ...
SPD officer under investigation after writing 80 percent of pot ticketsThe Seattle Times (blog)
BREAKING: Vast Majority of All Seattle Pot Tickets Written by Same
Seattle officer investigated for busting too many pot smokersKOMO News

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Writing dispute for film 'Belle' bubbles up again
Los Angeles Times
It should be one of the unqualified successes of the year — a period drama directed by, written by and starring women of color that found a large audience for a fact-based tale drawn from obscure history that shed light on the beginning of the end of ...


How to Write a Great SAT Essay In Just 25 Minutes
The first time I took the SAT, I was barely able to complete two paragraphs in that time; nearly every student I've had has cited the essay time limit as a primary obstacle to achieving a high SAT Writing score. Fortunately, like any other part of the ...

Can Someone Please Stop Gov. Haslam From Writing Letters?
Nashville Scene
Remember the good old days when Governor Bredesen had Lydia Peelle writing for him? Is there not one conservative novelist who could go to work for Governor Haslam? The letter he wrote to President Obama about the child-refugees who are staying ...

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Writing about Wonder
Most writers are voracious readers as well, and that is certainly true for me. What I learned with that Facebook post was that if you are a woman of a certain age who likes horses, there is a good chance those fictional racehorse names ring a bell for ...

Retiring NMSU dean eager to focus on more research, writing
Las Cruces Sun-News
Retiring Honors College Dean William Eamon, above, officially retires Friday. "I found a lot of opportunities and a lot of interest that connected with my research," Eamon said of NMSU. "It's been a really great home for 38 years." (NMSU photo by ...

Ask Doug & Polly: Presentation writing
Richmond Times-Dispatch
I know what I want to say, but I am struggling actually writing the presentation. Do you have any suggestions that could be helpful? A. As you can imagine, we've written thousands of presentations and business documents in our careers. In our ...

Western Hills writing camp wraps up successful week
Cranston Herald
After its first year in Cranston, the Rhode Island Writing Project Writing Camp has gotten a thumbs up from the many students, parents and instructors who were involved in the week-long event. The camp, which took place from July 7-11 at Western Hills ...

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University of Wyoming News

Dr. Carl Hart is Awarded the PEN/EO Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for ...
Drug Policy Alliance (press release) (blog)
July 30, 2014 — High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society (HarperCollins, 2013), the groundbreaking memoir/big science book written by neuroscientist and associate professor ...
CU-Boulder English professor wins prestigious PEN AwardCU Boulder News & Events
UW Author Wins International PEN Book AwardUniversity of Wyoming News

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Going On A Word Diet

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

Should You Write a Book?

One morning, you open your inbox and find several e-mails... Read More

The Struggle

Sometime one must coax the words out.Each day is a... Read More

Ten Quick Tips for Inexperienced Writers

One of the biggest problems that inexperienced writers have is... Read More


I recently read a book where everything was akimbo. Arms... Read More

The Blank Mind

Many writers stare at the blank page or clean computer... Read More

A Quick Guide to ISBNs for Self-Publishers

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It is a... Read More

Create the Writing Life You Want

Ah, writing. For those of us who love to play... Read More

Realize Your Book Dream In 2005!

If you haven't realized the success you wanted last year,... Read More

Weaving Your Personal Statement Together


Hero?s Journey ? The Herald

Beyond three and four act story structure, lies the Hero's... Read More

Have You Settled On First Choice When Choosing A Title?

Short Story Writing Tips -We've established what a title should... Read More

Celebrating Writing and Life

Every morning I excitedly get out of bed. Just a... Read More

The Value of Adding Images to Technical Documentation

It's cliché, but true-a picture does paint a thousand words.... Read More

Freelance Writing: How Many Regular Clients Should You Have?

This is a tough question for every freelance writer. For... Read More

Power Writing 101: Tips and Tricks to Get You Taken Seriously!

In my ten years as an advertiser, I've encountered plenty... Read More

How To Write More Powerful Reports

There is one key difference between reports and most other... Read More

Italics Part 2 - Using Italics to Show Thoughts

Way back in your early school years, you were probably... Read More

Freelance Feast or Famine?

Sometimes a freelance writing career can feel very much like... Read More

Slow Pokes: Short Story On The Changing World Of Writing

"No one will ever know who I am, I'm a... Read More

Writing For Free: When & When Not to Do It!

Right off the bat, I want to say that there... Read More

Pairs/Groups Of Words Often Confused - Part 4 of 6

LATER, LATTERLater means afterwards; latter is the second of two... Read More

Dreading the Writing Assignment? Outlines to the Rescue

Writing technical articles is a challenge. There you sit, surrounded... Read More

New Year Resolutions for Writers - The Best Kind to Make and How to Keep Them

On the first day of a bright and shiny new... Read More

Fight The Fluff!

The first and final rule of quality writing is this:... Read More