how to stand out in the slush pile


How to Get Good Story Ideas for Ezines and Print Magazines

Yes, you can be 100% sure that your pitches will pique the editor’s interest! Here’s how to get good story ideas to write for ezines, popular blogs, online journals, and even print magazines. “This is a great article on creative ways to find story ideas for articles, but I have two more tips to add,” says Joan J. Carrigan on 5 Creative […]

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51 Over-Used Adverbs, Nouns, and Clichés in Writing

Do you want your writing to get noticed – in a good way? Ditch these over-used adverbs, nouns, and cliches when writing articles, stories, and books. If you’re serious about learning the mechanics of writing, check out Mignon Fogarty’s The Grammar Devotional: Daily Tips for Successful Writing from Grammar Girl — you’ll learn a new tip for great writing every […]

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How I Found a Literary Agent – the Irene Goodman Agency

Here’s how I found and signed with a literary agent at the Irene Goodman Agency in NYC. I divided my experience into 12 steps that can help all writers find their own agents… First, I gotta share a quip I found from Irene Goodman herself: “Writing is your job, just like your postman has a job,” says Goodman. “He delivers the mail […]


Do Writers Need Literary Agents? Tips From a Bestselling Author

Yes, writers need literary agents (in most cases). These tips are from bestselling author Maeve Binchy, who says writers can’t get published without agents. But, happily, there is an opposing viewpoint! At the end of this article is a link to a another bestselling author’s perspective — Lionel Shriver, who landed a publishing contract without an agent (her own agent didn’t think her […]


10 Easy Ways to Make Your Writing Edgy and Quirky

But of course you want to enchant your readers! These 10 ways to make your writing edgy and quirky will bring your manuscript, sample chapters, or magazine articles to life. Especially if you’re writing for people who tend to be easily distracted by chocolate, squirrels, and shiny objects. I’m embarrassed to say that several editors and publishers have asked me to […]

10 Ways to Make Your Writing Edgy

How to Stand Out in the Slush Pile

Standing out in the slush pile is one of the key ways to get published as a freelance writer, novelist, or poet! When you send story ideas or book proposals to editors and publishers, you need to float to the top – and stay there. Do you want to know how to get published? New research reveals one way to get people […]

How to Stand Out in the Slush Pile