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Know Your Value as a Writer

Posted by Christelle Lujan on March 4, 2015 at 1:30pm 4 Comments

You know that job? The one that’s offering $100 – $200 for one blog post? The one you stare at with envy, then mock your own ego for even reading the posting before proceeding to the freelance writer clearance aisle?

Stop it. No seriously, stop it. Apply for that job.

What’s there to lose? What are you afraid of?

At the risk of tooting my own horn (or just flat-out looking like an arrogant ass) I’m going to tell you what I made on my first freelance writing job.

$180 per post

I had writing experience through the company I worked for, but I had never attempted to branch out on my own. Still, I saw the project on a job board, submitted an application, and boom. I wasn’t the most experienced, the most talented, or the most practiced freelance…

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Grammergency #7: Is My Book “Good”?

Posted by Annie Tucker on March 3, 2015 at 9:30am 3 Comments

When people ask me if I specialize in editing one literary genre, my standard response is, “You name it, I’ve edited it.” One of the things I love most about my job is that I get to read so many different kinds of books that I might not otherwise have come across on my own, so it’s an easy question to answer. Where I get a bit tongue-tied, however, is when an author I’ve been working with for a while asks me, “Is my book good?” Today, I’m going to explain why that line of questioning isn’t the most productive for your work as a writer.

Asking me if your book is good is the equivalent of asking if a Jackson Pollock painting is good—there are just so many variables involved. Some people think Pollock’s drip-painting technique is revolutionary; others think it’s merely chaos on canvas. Some people relish the challenge of trying to establish an intimate connection with abstract art; others get angry when they try to make sense of it. The point is, everyone has a different…

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How to Create an Author Newsletter

Posted by Kristin Bustamante on March 4, 2015 at 1:30pm 5 Comments

It probably seems like all anyone tells you is what you need to do more of: Facebook, tweet, link people in, create a website, don't neglect that Facebook page! At the risk of adding one more thing to your never-ending list, however . . . it's a really good idea to create an author newsletter.

An author newsletter isn't just one more thing on your list of daily networking to-dos. It's an invaluable tool that lets you selectively market to your audience and provide them with more information than 140 characters will allow. It's also not as daunting of a task as it seems.

1. Choose your newsletter provider.

There are many free options out there that allow you a certain number of sends per month with no…

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[SWP: Behind the Book] Amor Fati -- Love your fate

Posted by Lene Fogelberg on March 2, 2015 at 7:00am 22 Comments

I never dreamed of writing a memoir. I just always had words in me. When I was seven years old I started to write poems, and the words somehow seemed stronger scribbled in my small notebook. In middle school my teacher constantly reminded me: “Speak up, Lene! We can’t hear what you’re saying when you whisper.” Spoken words seemed to come with a struggle, while written words danced lightly as feathers on the page. Growing up in Sweden, I read everything I could find and I dreamed of holding a book in my hands with words in it that came from me, something that would perhaps last after I was gone.

For even at a young age, I felt a strange sense of urgency. Like I wouldn’t live long and I needed to hurry. But I couldn’t find my story, my voice, or, for that matter, my strength. My weakness made me…

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Nope Not Gonna Happen

Nope not gonna happen and that’s okay, or at least it should be. What am I talking about? That it’s never going to happen that everyone likes you, no matter how nice you are.

This afternoon I was getting my favorite Starbuck’s coffee when I heard one friend tell another “I just don’t understand Emily. I’m…

Feminist Latina Poet Maria Enriquez: Mi Sombra, My Shadow

  When Maria Enriquez worked as a hairdresser at her shop in Long Beach, California, she’d write poems while waiting for customers. That’s when she wrote the poems featured in her self-published book, Mi Sombra My Shadow.  She spent four years writing the poems and preparing the book.  Even after four decades in America, her English remains shaky, so she wrote the poems in Spanish and hired a translator to provide English versions.

  Members of Southern California’s…

Competing with Myself

My biggest challenge as a writer is that I make my living as a writer. Dream come true, right? Yes and no.

I own a writing and editing consulting firm where I specialize in medical and science writing. I also teach writing to nonwriters (scientists, physicians, and engineers) who write for their jobs. I love my work and I've built a profitable business.

I also have had some success as an …

Only Five More Days...

Andrew Desmond is not the kind of guy who would take his kids to see the Statue of Liberty on a Sunday afternoon. But where would he go? Find out in five days! 'filters' 3/10!…

4 Questions to Ask about Every Story You Write

This post is for anyone who wants to write stories and is having trouble getting started, or for anyone who already writes stories but wants to deepen their craft. Your story can be short fiction or a novel, a personal essay or book-length memoir. Your story can be a play or screenplay.

This is anything…

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