So, I have been researching writing software for about a year now, possibly longer. Up until now I’ve never found anything that I felt was worth getting. Then I tried the demo version of write way pro software. Now, I like to outline. It helps keep me going in an orderly fashion. When I haven’t […]
I never did finish writing about this year’s conference, but I wanted to take the time to comment on one of the most popular speakers this year: Robert Dugoni. He was the Friday lunch speaker, and he taught a couple of workshops on Saturday. His speech Friday, was entertaining, encouraging, and full of great information. […]
Regardless of your age or genre, if you are serious about writing and want to pursue publication then join a writing critique group. A solid group will give you valuable feedback and help you improve your writing. You will be able to get help with plot problems as well as query letters, pitches, and everything […]
So, you’ve finished your manuscript and polished until it shines. Now it’s time to submit. More and more agencies are now accepting online submissions. Generally speaking when you email a submission you are going to paste your query letter and your sample pages into the body of an email, because most places will not accept […]
Ok, you’ve written your book, edited until your brain turned to mush, created a stunning synopsis, have the basic query letter, and now you need to send out a submission.
Before you start emailing agents or snail mailing them, you need to do your research. Make sure that the agency and the agent and/or editor […]
If you want to write for a living then the first thing you need to do is take yourself seriously, because if you do that then others will believe you are serious about your career as well.
It you treat your writing like a career then it will become one (it just might take awhile.)
I really hated writing synopsis up until last year. The idea of condensing my entire book down to one page single spaced seemed impossible, but I finally managed it. Thinking of synopsis as an essay about a book I read, helped me write it. How would I, essentially, write a book report on my own […]
Never send a generic query letter. I tend to think of query letters like cover letters that I would send out with my resume, they need to be tailored to a specific company and in the case of agents to a specific agent. Always address it to a specific person, double check the spelling of […]
I’ve been having problems with one specific chapter that I’ve known that I needed to write for quite some time. So, yesterday I spent a couple of hours while my son napped going over my notes. I had to make some changes and rewrite a few things, but I was still stuck on this one […]
Occasionally I will do a series of posts regarding a specific topic. I’ve decided to discuss some basics, things I wish I had known long before I did. I’m going to start with a common term: manuscript format. Essentially, a manuscript should have a title page, the body of the manuscript should have a header, […]