If you think natural talent – the ability to write well – is a personality trait of a successful writer, you’d be wrong. “Talent is cheaper than table salt,” says bestselling author and writing teacher Stephen King.
Writing the first chapter of your novel – and wowing your readers from the first chapter of your book – isn’t as easy as it looks. These five steps to writing Chapter One will hook your readers and keep them riveted. “The first chapter must… Read More »5 Steps to Writing a Killer First Chapter to WOW Readers
If you thought revising your own writing was hard, try editing someone else’s words! Critiquing another writer’s chapter or manuscript is my least favorite writing job. Back when I was hiring bloggers to write posts for my Quips and Tips blogs, I was forced to… Read More »The Most Helpful Ways to Edit Someone’s Writing
Revising and editing your work is more important than the original writing itself. Learning how to edit and revise your own writing might be painful, but it’s necessary if you want to get published! These tips apply to all types of writing: magazine feature articles, short stories,… Read More »How to Revise and Edit for Publication
Did I tell you about the time MSN.com sent me an article assignment without me pitching a query letter? O happy day! The editor also sent me these tips for editing magazine articles before submitting it for publication. No matter what magazine or website you… Read More »19 Editing Tips From a Senior Editor at MSN.com
If you have a decent writer’s platform and marketable book idea, it’s not hard to get a literary agent. I’m a published author whose first traditionally published book (Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back) was represented by a literary management agency in California. That… Read More »How I Signed With a Literary Agent at the Irene Goodman Agency
Finding the right agent to represent you and your work is one of the most important things you can do as a writer. How do you get a literary agent who believes in you, loves your book, and will help you get published? These tips… Read More »Is It Hard to Get an Agent? 15 Tips From the Query Shark
Becoming an inspirational blogger has never been easier! It’s the perfect time to start a self-improvement or self-help blog: you have life experiences to share, you want to help others, and blogging platforms are user-friendly and free. There may be thousands of personal development, self-help… Read More »How to Start a Blog That Inspires and Encourages