Why E-Books?

Chris Randall
With thousands of writers all competing to get the favorable eye of the traditional publisher, it is not surprising that the great majority fail to get into print. Trying to compose those few words which will grab the attention of the person sitting in the selector’s chair, can be about as fruitful as picking out a seven way accumulator at a race meeting. Yet we go through these motions time and again, never stopping to ask why we contribute so eagerly to the publisher’s seat of unreachable power. But you don’t need to be told this. You have probably already experienced it yourself.

To Specialize, or Not to Specialize?

Mary Anne Hahn
Okay, so you’ve decided that you want to write for fun and profit, and not necessarily in that order. Perhaps you’ve already abandoned your day job to pursue your dream of the full-time writing life, or maybe you just want to test the waters part-time until you have the guts (and money) to jump in with both feet. In any event, you’ve decided that you want to start your own writing business.

Syndication 101

How to get your foot in the door without getting it stepped on.
By Perucci Ferraiuolo
It has long been held that an editor is a man or woman who knows exactly what he or she wants, but doesn’t know what it is.  Never is it more true than within the syndication marketplace. And, I’ve found that most editors know what they want based on what they DON’T want. In other words, they know the “junk” and are only looking for the “treasure.”

Submitting to UK Markets

Grady Hanrahan
“God save the queen.”
These are the words of the British, of course, but British words known throughout the world. Less known in the United Kingdom, perhaps, are the markets that wait for eager writers to explore, conquer and reap financial awards. Our reaction to this naivete – and, as expected, a general assumption, is that North America has cornered most writing markets. This is simply not the case.

Selling to Children’s Markets

Jennifer Drewry
One of the first questions a new children’s writer asks is, “I have a story, who can I sell it to?” In the children’s market there are many places.   Some of the best places to sell your work are children’s magazines. However, don’t just haphazardly send them their, buy a copy of the magazine and read it. Get to know what the magazine is looking for, the style of the writers. There are many magazines for children out there and they are all different in what it is they are looking for.

Science Writing

RESOURCES-TIPS: For writers of all genre who want to write, and the readers who love them. If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.- Somerset Maugham All the words I use in my...

Path to Self-Publishing Success

Bob Baker
When the subject of e-publishing and self-publishing on the Internet comes up, the conversation usually turns to talk of .pdf and .exe files, not to mention the pros and cons of various personal ebook readers. What you don’t hear much about is the workhorse of Internet communication: basic e-mail.

How To Be a (Shiver) Reporter

Linda Sherwood
Looking for a career as a newspaper reporter? Or just looking for some extra money while you wait for the first royalty checks from your promising book to start coming in? Try taking a walk to your local newspaper office.  It is unlikely you will be able to snag a job at a large, daily paper without a college degree or years of experience, but you can snag a permanent or semi-permanent job at a smaller newspaper without formal training. Requirements for reporters at these smaller papers are less stringent. While you won’t get rich working at these smaller papers, it is a great educational experience and it can be a steady paycheck.

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