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[REALITY CHECK] Print vs. Digital Magazine Publishing by Sally Whitney

Posted by Zetta Brown on April 23, 2014 at 7:30am 0 Comments

I've wanted to be a published author since I was a kid. My dream came true when I had a short story published in the literary journal of the junior college I attended. My next success came a few years later when I had a short story published in the literary journal of the university I attended. Both journals were in print, but the overall readership and distribution...I'd be surprised if more than 500 people read either story.

That was more than 20 years ago when ebooks were in their infancy along with audiobooks and a new creature called an "e-zine."

Electronic magazines were starting to pop up, trying to collect the musings of writers in thematic volumes before the blog boom. But did these pioneering e-zines cultivate or crash the dreams of the submitting authors?…

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What Would Diane Lockhart Do? And Why It Matters to Writers

Posted by Jill Jepson on April 21, 2014 at 3:00pm 6 Comments

Last week I had a few bad days. A conflict at work was niggling at me. Things weren’t going well with an editor. Work on my latest book was dragging. The stress turned into a giant migraine, making me cancel my classes for a day—something I detest doing.

I spent Thursday nursing my headache and feeling sorry for myself, saying dumb things like, Why is everything going wrong? Then I asked myself a question: Under these circumstances, what would Diane Lockhart do?

For those of you unfamiliar with the TV series The Good Wife, Diane Lockhart is the fictional head of a law firm. Developed by writers Michelle and Robert King, …

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Three Easy Marketing Ideas

Posted by Maria Murnane on April 22, 2014 at 9:09am 2 Comments

In a previous post, I recommended doing one thing per day, every day, to promote your book. If you took that advice to heart, you're probably currently in the process of building a "marketing checklist" and might also be wondering what to put on it. In addition to the items I suggested, here are three additional ideas to include:

 

  1. Set up a Twitter account. Even if you aren't ready to actually tweet anything, set up an account before you get too famous and someone uses your Twitter name for their account. (Optimism is a good thing!) Using your real name makes it easy for people to find you. My Twitter handle is…
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[THE WRITER'S LIFE] How to Deal With Rejection

Posted by Cindy Eastman on April 21, 2014 at 6:30pm 16 Comments

How to deal with literary rejection?

Easy. I’m not going to.

That question was the subject line of an email that taunted me from my inbox. At first I didn’t want to look at it. After the official launch of my first book, I was riding high on the positive waves of the newly published. There had been an amazingly well-attended party, the line graph on Author Central began shooting upward and there were great reviews -- three of ’em! I did not want to read about rejection in any form whatsoever. No sir. Not this girl. No way.

And then I gave in, because we writers are nothing if not our own saboteurs. I got a momentary reprieve: the link in the email led me to a collection of other articles about dealing with rejection. Still reeling from acceptance, I was hesitant to stick my toes…

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[REALITY CHECK] - Print vs. Digital Magazine Publishing by Sally Whitney

I've wanted to be a published author since I was a kid. My dream came true when I had a short story published in the literary journal of the junior college I attended. My next success came a few years later when I had a short story published in the literary journal of the university I…

The Transformative Eye of Roger Ballen

Today's post is about photographer Roger Ballen.

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My Point of the Day for April 23, 2014

I am so far from the impression that my husband has of me right now.  I am so far down the rabbit hole that the entrance is not visible anymore. I haven’t dealt with so many things in my life.  I haven’t really admitted to myself the truth for a good long time, if ever.

 

But what is the truth?  What is it that holds me in my patterns?  

 

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For the Love of Translations

I've had the pleasure of attending many literary events here in Berlin over the past couple of months, while meeting many wonderful people involved in the city's English-language literary community. For readers who love to read translations from other countries, here are two noteworthy publishers you should know about -- one a literary journal and one a press specializing in short-form translations.…

Romance Writing Tip #14

Should You Use Your Own Love Life as Material for Your Romance Novel?

In yesterday's post, we discussed one of the easiest ways to write your first romance novel quickly -- and that is to use your own experiences. So yes, I think using your own love life is an excellent…

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