4 Tips for Dealing With Discouragement After a Writing Conference 1

You’re completely normal if you feel discouraged, disappointed, and even depressed after a writing conference! Writing a book and getting published is a long, difficult process — not to mention the hurdles of getting a literary agent, writing a solid book proposal, and even writing your entire novel if you’re a fiction writer. These seven tips for dealing with discouragement […]

Dealing With Discouragement After a Writer’s Conference

5 Most Helpful Blogging Classes for Writers’ Workshops

None of the writers’ workshops and conferences I’ve attended offer in-depth classes or seminars on starting a blog for writers. This is probably because a writing conference or workshop is for aspiring authors who want to be traditionally published — but it is really difficult to get a publisher for your novel or nonfiction book! So, I often leave writers’ […]

Blogging Classes for Writers' Workshops

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Writer’s Conference 3

These tips for a successful writer’s conference will prepare you to get the most out of your publishing, editing, and writing workshops and seminars! Here’s a roundup of things I learned in my three days at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia, Canada. First, though, here’s what one writer said: “Writers are introverted and insecure.” – best-selling author Mary Jo Putney. Hmm…I’m insulted […]

7 Tips for a Successful Writers Conference

How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published 5

Learning how to write your author bio – even if you’ve never been published – may be easier than you think. It’s a classic writer’s conundrum: you can’t sell your articles to magazine editors because you haven’t been published yet, and you can’t get published because you haven’t sold any articles yet! I get it. I’ve been there. And I got […]

How to Write an Author Bio When You’ve Never Been Published

How to End an Article With a Pow – Not a Fizzle 9

Some writers believe ending well is more important than starting strong. These five tips on how to end an article, essay, or chapter will help you find the right way to say “The End” without coming out and saying…ahem…The End. “It is always important to know when something has reached its end,” writes Paulo Coelho in The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession. […]

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11 Types of Magazine Articles That Editors Love to Publish 32

Here are the two most popular types of magazine articles in online and print publishing, plus descriptions of roundups, personality profiles, research shorts, human interest, and “how to” articles. Perfect for freelance writers (or journalist students) who need to spark their creativity and get more article assignments (or do their assignment for journalism class). “Two types of articles continue to dominate the […]

11 Types of Magazine Articles That Editors Love to Publish

The Query Shark’s Best Advice on How to Get a Literary Agent 1

Here’s how to write a query letter that is good enough to get a literary agent’s attention. These 15 tips for pitching your book idea or manuscript are from the agent who created a whale of a blog called Query Shark. I first met literary agent Janet Reid at the Surrey International Writers Conference, way back when we were dodging […]

Query Letters How to Get a Literary Agent