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Gifts and Cards for Editors

January 12th, 2020




For years I have sent birthday and Christmas cards to my half-dozen favorite editors; I find birthday cards are especially appreciated. By asking an assistant editor or someone else on the staff when the editor’s birthday is, the card will be an extra-special surprise. If you can do a little digging and find out what the editor is interested in, your editor will be really surprised! I once se ...

Top 10 Signs You are a Newbie

January 5th, 2020




There’s nothing wrong with being a writing newbie; all writers were unpublished and inexperienced at one point. But you can avoid having flashing neon signs in your writing that point out that fact by steering clear of doing the following:

- You address your query letters, “To whom it may concern.”

- You are willing to give your work away. (Exception - when it’s a barter situation or to supp ...

A Writer on Book Reviews

December 29th, 2019

Kimmy Beach, the author of five books, most recently The Last Temptation of Bond, shares her thoughts on book reviews, both giving them and being on the receiving end of a review, “I truly do believe that it’s possible to be supportive in this industry, and to bolster one another rather than snarling one another into a corner. Yes, some books aren’t excellent, but to me, it’s as simple as thi ...

Increase Your Chances of Getting Your Plays Produced

December 22nd, 2019

For all you playwrights out there, doing a little extra might be what you need to ensure you see your words come to life on the stage one day. Make some of these options a part of your Get My Play Produced repertoire:

- Read and attend plays.

- Join playwriting organizations.

- Make connections in your local theatre company or playwright organization.

- Attend workshops.

- Enter playwrit ...

Penning a Book Series

December 15th, 2019

Aaron A. Lehman is the author of the Dog Island book series. He shares his book series journey, “My first book, Mystery on Dog Island, was the result of a course from Institute of Children’s Literature, a work that took over five years. While writing the end of this book, I realized my story still had some life, so I finished it in a way that I could write Return to Dog Island. I then started ...

Avoid Negative Motivators

December 8th, 2019

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This is a short post but it is a vital one.
It is essential that you do not focus on the crap in your life when writing.
While there are many motivations for writing, there are many negative motivators, things that work against your writing. Looking at the stack of bills that you need to pay with your writing will not inspire you. Dwelling on the latest reje ...

More Writers Advice to Their Newbie Writing Self

December 1st, 2019

Jock Mackenzie, the President of Red Deer Writers’ Ink, has published a teacher reference book on essay writing and not published a crime novel, Dealing with Dymans. He shares what he would tell himself when he was just starting on his writing journey, if he could go back in time. 

“Dear Jock,

Hang on! You are about to embark on a satisfying, challenging, humbling, frustrating, edifying, in ...

How to Keep Editors Happy, Part 2

November 23rd, 2019

Here are even more ways to stay on an editor’s good side:

- Never, never, never mention how much your mother or your best friend loves your work.

- If an editor rejects your story or pitch, say thanks and move on. Do not try to convince the editor to change his mind.

- Avoid being cutesy. Letters with animal stickers and manuscripts tied with ribbons and fake flowers won’t win you any poin ...

How to Keep Editors Happy, Part 1

November 16th, 2019

Editors are often the ticket to a writer getting published. Having them on your side is vital. Here are suggestions on how to get on an editor’s good side, compiled from men and women who hold the job:

- When pitching an idea to a book or magazine editor, do your research; make sure what you are proposing is in their scope of work. Don’t query a safety magazine an idea about doll houses. Don ...

Habits of Famous Writers

November 10th, 2019

Here are some habits of literary geniuses:

Truman Capote had to write lying down on his bed or couch with a pencil in one hand and a drink in the other. The drinks each day ran the gamut from coffee to mint tea to sherry and finally martinis.

John Grisham as a beginning writer would be at his desk at 5:30 a.m., his first cup of coffee in hand.

William Faulkner had to have whiskey around wh ...

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