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Some Tips for Aspiring Travel Writers

By Guest Blogger Roy Stevenson of PitchTravelWrite.com I’ve been a full time professional freelance writer for nine years. My early successes were modest, although I’ve never had any problems finding print outlets for my stories. As my bylines increased and as I’ve moved up the writing pyramid, my income has increased significantly, now even bordering on the respectable. I started out by writing for print outlets like magazines, newspapers, and trade journals, with the occasional in-flight and on-board publication thrown in. And I still write for some of my better-paying print outlets because I enjoy writing in this field (and

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How to Write a Serial

Writing a serial can be an interesting proposition for a writer. It’s something half way between writing a short story and writing a novel. It shares some of the features of both yet is also quite different. In this article I’ll share a few tips that will help you write a serial …. and have the best chance of selling your serial. * First of all, just like any kind of writing look at the market you intend to sell your serial into. Read the magazine regularly (magazines are the most usual buyers of fiction serials). Ask for their Contributor’s

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How to plan and structure a book professionally

So you want to write a book. You have a great idea for your book. Here are some tips that might help you structure your raw idea into a professional-looking book: First, set your boundaries Only when you know where your book will start and where it will end can you decide how to structure it properly, so give this some thought. For example, if it’s a fiction book you might set ‘1903 to 1911’ as the start and end of your story. For non-fiction it might be something like ‘50 easy pasta recipes’. (Maybe you’re not writing about pasta,

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Working With Indy Publishers: Could An Independent Publisher Publish Your Book ?

If you’re an unknown or little known (for the time being!) writer then it could be worthwhile trying to get your book published with an independent or ‘indy’ publisher. Any publisher that isn’t part of a national or international publishing house can be considered an indy publisher. However, they’re very often small publishers where the owners actually work in the business themselves. Here are the advantages of publishing with indy publishers: * Independent publishers are often looking to expand their lists quickly, especially if they are fairly new. * They’re often more receptive to new ideas. * They’re often willing

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Scam Warning: Vanity Publishing

A lot of the letters in my postbag are about vanity publishing or subsidy publishing. So in this newsletter I’m going to tell you what I think about vanity or subsidy publishing. First of all, imagine this situation: You’re reading a newspaper, magazine, or a website, or you might receive an email, that goes something along these lines …. New Authors Wanted …. Books Wanted For Publication …. Publisher Urgently Seeking New Manuscripts …. We Will Publish Your Book ! It sounds perfect. Just what you’re looking for. So you send your book manuscript off to the address given and wait. And – wow – after

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11 top article writing ideas that WILL SELL

Being totally frank now, articles are one of the best ways of making money from writing. Articles are short, and so easy to write. And they are in huge demand from buyers such as newspapers, magazines and websites. Word for word they are probably one of the best paid kinds of writing too. The problem can be, of course, deciding what you should write articles about! Here’s a solution: I always recommend my students to write articles on something they are knowledgeable and ideally passionate about. It’s so much easier to write about what you love, and your articles will

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Writing Business Opportunity: Setting Up A Business Blog

I always recommend that, as a writer, you should have your own blog for promotional purposes – a place where you can post examples of your work and engage with your readership. However, you might not realise that a blog can also be a business opportunity. There are some very profitable blogs out there: The top ones, like The Huffington Post, Techcrunch, Mashable and Perez Hilton are said to make tens or even hundreds of thousands revenue a month from advertising income. So in this report I’m going to look at why and how you can set up and run

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Getting Your Book Printed: A Guide For Writers

If you’re interested in self publishing then one of the most important things you need to do is to get copies of your book printed. Here’s a simple guide to getting your book printed for writers and self-publishers: * Know what you want before you get started. As a writer, you’ll know how you want your book to look and feel once it’s printed – that’s almost a part of the book ‘experience’. But it can be difficult to put that into words. A good tip is to visit a bookshop and buy a few books that look like how

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10 Ways To Fail As A Writer

You know me by now, I hate to be negative. I like to see the good in every piece of writing and every writer. But there are some things you really mustn’t do if you’re to be successful as a writer. Here are my top ten ways to fail, gleaned from my years of experience. I hope you find them interesting and useful! 1. Take advice from friends and relatives. They’re well meaning, they don’t want you to fail. So chances are they will tell you your writing is a. not as good as it is, or b. better than

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Writing for Publishers In Other Countries: How To Do It Successfully

If you can write in English you can sell your writing in any English speaking market. Here’s some advice on how to write and sell to publishers in other countries. You see, writing and publishing is a truly global market. It’s one of the things I really love about writing. And the Internet has made it really easy to do research and contact publishers in other countries, almost as easily as publishers in your own city. I’ve written for publishes not only in the UK, but for publishers in mainland Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore too. There are some good

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