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Six Ideas For Your First Romantic Fiction Novel

Romantic fiction is such a large genre within the fiction writing world that is it split into several individual sub-genres. Here are six ideas for your first (or next) romantic fiction novel: * Period romance. These are set in a distinct period of history – for example, the American Civil War, World War II, Georgian or Victorian (all of which are incredibly popular). Bone up on your history before you plot your plot! * Suspense. With these your story is played out amidst a tense background, perhaps involving crime or a thriller, or even supernatural or science-fiction. * Young adult,

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How To Find A Publisher For Your Book

So you want to write a book …. or maybe you just have a great idea for a book? You want to get your book published. How do you find a publisher who really wants to publish your book? The fact is, there are probably hundreds of publishers out there who want to publish your book. It’s just a matter of finding them! Here are my tips and advice: First research the market. Look at what similar books there are out there, and look at how they’re selling. Generally, publishers are most eager to publish more books on subjects that are

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Writing Competitions: Why Enter, And How To Maximise Your Chances Of Winning A Writing Competition

As a writer, or would be writer, you’ve probably seen writing competitions advertised, and you may even have thought about entering a writing competition. In this report I’ll look at entering writing competitions and how you can boost your chances of winning more competitions. First, what are the benefits of entering writing competitions? You get your work published. If you win a writing competition you almost always get your work published. Sometimes, you get your work published as a runner-up too, or sometimes just for entering. And that means you’re entitled to call yourself a published author. I can’t stress

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How To Edit Your Work …. Make It More Saleable

I know that writers are supposed to write, while editors edit. But the more print-ready you can make your writing the more likely it is to be accepted first time. Here are a few quick-and-simple editing tips I hope you’ll find handy: The first thing is to check the length in number of words. You’ll then know whether your editing needs to be pretty heavy, or you can get away with a lighter touch. Look for points which don’t make sense. It is surprising how many arguments ‘write right’ but then don’t ‘read right’. Look for points which are not

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Three Opportunities To Explore In Travel Writing – Articles, Reviews and Guides

There are broadly three main types of travel writing. These are travel articles, travel reviews and travel guides. Here are some more handy pointers if you’d like to get started in writing and selling travel pieces: Articles Articles are short pieces of travel writing which are intended to be published by a newspaper or magazine or similar. Traditionally they were for print but increasingly nowadays they may be published electronically. They are typically 300-3,000 words in length or thereabouts. Reviews Are short articles giving your opinions on a particular travel destination or facility. This is an area of travel writing

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Writing Short Stories: Tips If You Want To Publish And Sell Short Stories

Although there’s a fair bit of demand for short stories there tend to be a couple of areas which are more interested in short stories than others: * Women’s magazines. Though not every women’s magazine publishes fiction so always check before you send anything. These tend to be romantic fiction short stories. * Children’s short stories. This is probably one of the best areas of demand. So many angles have been covered that there is always interest in something new ….. or something traditional with a new twist. * Mystery, horror and crime. Demand for these types of stories mostly

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When self publishing can be a good choice

When self publishing can be a good choice Most writers and would be writers have thought about self publishing. But it’s often difficult to know when self publishing is a good idea, and when it’s not such a good idea. So here’s some advice on when self publishing your book can be a very good choice. * When it’s a very niche subject It’s much harder to find a publisher for a niche subject, so becoming your own publisher makes a lot more sense in these cases. If you’ve looked hard and just can’t find a publisher who publishes the

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How To Choose A Best Selling Fiction Title

When you’re writing a book, choosing a good title is one of the most difficult things to do. You want a title that is not only relevant to your book, but which will help it sell. Here’s a guide to choosing the perfect title for your book. First of all a few key principles: You don’t have to have a title before you start writing your book. You can start with just a working title, or no title at all. Don’t let not having a good idea for a title stop you writing your book. Is your intended title already

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Four Secrets Of Successful Article Writing And Marketing

Let’s be honest now, I could tell you hundreds of different ways to increase the chances an editor will want to buy your article – they are all covered in my course Make Money Writing Articles. But to cut a long story short here are my four top tips for success when it comes to selling articles: * The most important principle is to read, read, read the publication you hope to sell your article to. Offer them the same sort of article. Don’t try to be too different to start with. * Check what has recently appeared in the

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How To Write & Sell News Stories

You don’t have to be a big name journalist to make money from writing news. You can make a good sideline income by writing short new stories. You can make money by selling ideas for news stories, which is known as being a ‘news stringer’. You could even make quite a big lump sum from what is known as a scoop. * First, choose a newsworthy area or two to specialise in. Good, topical ideas (but not the only ones you can write news on) are: Politics, the economy, sport, entertainment, culture, crime, business or the environment. If these sound

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