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How To Be A Successful Writer

If you’re reading this you’re probably hankering after becoming a writer. You probably fancy earning your living from writing. You probably dream about seeing your work in print and, of course, making money from it. But is it really practical? Could you actually make it as a writer? Well, here are a few tips that I hope will help you along: Start part time. It could take a year, maybe two or three to build up a reasonable income from writing so starting part time, perhaps alongside another job, is a great idea. Oddly, when you don’t need the money

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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 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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Eek! Six Self Publishing Fails To Avoid

It’s no exaggeration to say that self publishing is the opportunity of the moment for writers right today. More and more authors are discovering the excitement, the fame …. and the money …. that can come from self publishing your own book. But if your self publishing project is to be a success here are six self publishing fails you’ll want to avoid: * Self publishing just because you can. Just because modern technology makes it fairly easy to self publish a book doesn’t mean it’s always a good idea. And, self publishing just because you have an idea, opinion

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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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11 Different Travel  Writing Ideas To Get You Published Now

One of the things I really love (and I mean really love) about travel writing is that it offers you so many opportunities-within-opportunities. Not just for writing travel books, guides, reviews, travel articles and fillers, but on so many different individual travel theme opportunities. If you want to make a success of travel writing a good  approach, rather than just writing a ‘cover all’ travel book or article, is to focus on one (or a few) specific topics within the overall subject area of travel writing. These are easier to write, easier to pitch, easier to sell and you can

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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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