The act of writing is simple. However, things get more complicated when writers want to get published and make money with their writing.
First off, writers have to concern themselves with writing for an audience. And in today’s publishing environment, they have to worry about building an author platform and connecting with their target audience. Plus, there’s the whole business of querying agents and editors, managing time wisely, investing money appropriately, and so on.
Regardless of previous successes, writers can always find ways to improve and have their best writing year yet. So I’ve collected 5 ways writers can do just that.
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Plus, all registered attendees will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their query letters, in addition to a webinar on how to write a query, the ability to network with other attendees, and more.
5 Ways to Make 2018 Your Best Writing Year Yet!
- Write a Book in 30 Days. Written by former Writer’s Digest editor and current full-time novelist Jessica Strawser, this post collects 30 tips to helps writers get goal number one (writing a book!) completed.
- Improve Your Writing Platform in 30 Days. Along the same thought process, here’s a post with 30 tasks writers can perform in 30 days to build their writing platforms and start to foster a sense of community around their writing.
- Craft an Effective Query Letter. Here’s a post with 10 Do’s and Don’ts of writing effective queries. But don’t stop there, check out this post on how to write the perfect query letter as well.
- Maximize Your Time. Fantasy novelist Patrick Carr shares five tips on how he maximizes his time to enable him to write while managing a full-time job, which is a position many first and second time novelists find themselves in. And if that’s not enough, here are four more tips for making time to write.
- Make Money Writing. Novelist Jaimie Engle shares how she learned to unlock the true value of her book. And here’s a post on how to make money writing for the web. And while we’re at it, here’s a piece on free money for writers.
Regardless of how you define writing success in 2018, I hope you can get your start here.
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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community. He edits the Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market books, writes a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine, maintains the Poetic Asides blog, speaks at conferences, leads online webinars and tutorials, and so much more.
Robert is also the author of Solving the World’s Problems, a poetry collection published by Press 53. A former Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, he’s been a featured poet across the country at poetry events in Austin, Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta, and more.
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