2016 Writer’s Digest Conference Recap

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I’d be speaking at the annual Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City in a post that included some tips for attending writing conferences. I have to say it was a whirlwind type … More »

The Importance of Being Different for Writers

Being different can sometimes be a liability–something that sets a person apart from others and may even result in ridicule or exclusion. However, being different or unique is really a strength for most freelance writers. Being Different in Where to … More »

Call for Submissions: 2016 Writer’s Market

Beginning today and running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 20, 2014, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2016 Writer’s Market. Sometime in the end of October, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 30

For today’s task, assemble your book proposal. This will require getting everything together from earlier. Here’s the order of most proposals: Cover (or query) letter. This better include the proposed title, unique selling point(s), and very brief bio. Book overview. … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 29

For today’s task, define the unique selling point of your book. If you want to impress publishing folk, let them know that you know what your USP (unique selling point) is. How do you define your unique selling point? This … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 28

Our task for today is to take your book idea and find comparative and competitive titles. While books have a better chance of getting published when they’re unique, they also need already existing titles around to show there’s a market … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 26

For today’s task, take your book idea from yesterday and start fleshing out who your target audience is for the book. Age range? Gender? Profession? Hobbies? Etc. Try quantifying, if possible, through organization memberships, magazine circs, etc. For my poetry … More »