getting your book published


The Nonfiction Book Proposal That Won Me a Publishing Contract

Are you writing a Christian nonfiction book? Then you need to write a book proposal that appeals to literary agents, acquisitions editors, publishing boards, and the marketing staff at publishing houses. And – if you want to get your Christian book published – then you need to read sample book proposals until you learn how to write yours right. Here, […]

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Query Letters How to Get a Literary Agent

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

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 […]


Writing a Novel? How to Stay Motivated

I found a great article about writing a novel on The Independent. Here’s the best of the tips on how to stay motivated – I tweaked them to apply to writers who need a boost. If you’ve ever felt rejected by publishers, literary agents, or even your writing group, you need to learn ways to keep your motivation levels high. If you’re […]

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successful writers

10 Reasons We’re Not Succeeding as Writers

My writing has easily paid my bills since 2008, yet I still struggle with my identity as a writer. Here’s my struggle – plus 10 reasons I feel like I’m not succeeding as a writer. Methinks they might apply to you, too. If you’re paying your bills – but not by writing – read The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to […]


How to Get Your Book Published – Advice From Publishing Pros

These tips on how to get your book published are from a panel of writers, agents, and editors who answered questions from a roomful of writers at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (phew – how’s that for a run-on sentence!). How much research have you done? Study the 2015 Writer’s Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published – it’ll help you get published. […]

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Need Writing Experience

Need Writing Experience? How to Get Clips and Get Published

Here are a few tips on how to get writing experience – and the good news is that getting clips so you can get published is easier than you think! If you need writing experience, relax into the knowledge that you can be a successful writer – even if you’ve never had anything published. Reading On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A […]


Examples of SMART Goals for Writers

Writers, the best way to achieve your goal of getting published is to set SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely). These examples are based on my journey as a freelance writer and blogger… If you haven’t read any Writer’s Market books, get the 2015 Writer’s Market: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published. Your first goal as a writer should be […]

Examples of SMART Writing Goals

4 Ways to Get Creative and Motivated to Get Your Children’s Book Published 

As a children’s book writer, you can and will get published — but you must stay the course! These ways to increase your creativity and motivation will give you the edge over thousands of writers also trying to get published…they’re from Sue Douglass Fliess, who refused to give up until she found a publisher for her children’s picture books. “If you are at your wit’s end and ready […]