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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Published

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Published

Writing rules are bunk. If you only get the words on the page after standing on your head and yodeling, then that's your writing rule. In my experience as a working writer though, there are three single-sentence rules that help get your lovely yodel-infused writing published. 3 Tiny Tips for Getting Published * Read and follow the publisher's submission guidelines If your preferred publisher's guidelines ask for Victorian vampire fiction and you send a contemporary vampire story, you've ignored their guidelines and you'll be rejected. Please, don't do that to yourself. They know what they want, so give them that....

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Eye of the Beholder… (Picture Prompt)

Picture Prompts

Eye of the beholder: Next up in the picture prompts to inspire your writing. Post the results below in the comments if you so wish. They were fantastic to read last week. Happens every Thursday! More like this The truth is…

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Radical Transparency: How We Edit Your Book

Atlin Merrick Book Editing Radical Transparency

Like you I walk, I wait, and sometimes I want to learn cool stuff while I do that, which is why I love podcasts.99% Invisible is a brilliant podcast which recently discussed radical transparency.For example, if the city government takes a year to process building permits tell people. It's been proven that giving people a hook to hang their wait on, helps the wait pass more peacefully. Which leads me to this: How Long It Takes to Edit a Book (and What the Heck That Means) With radical transparency in mind, and inspired by a writer who recently asked me...

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Speak for Yourself…Speak. For. Yourself.

Speak for Yourself Voice

I visited the Long Room in Trinity College Dublin recently.Look at that photo. Imagine being in this room that contains 200,000 books, a single example of every book published in Ireland and Britain between 1801 and about 1880. While Jane Austen is there in that room, while the Brontës are there too you know, you know that most of the voices in that beautiful room, bound inside covers of gold-stamped leather, are the voices of men, as are every one of the fifty-one busts lining its 65 metres.In that library and libraries the world over men of means—they are the...

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The Truth Is… (Picture Prompt)

Picture Prompts

The first in a series of picture prompts for your writing, shared weekly or bi-weekly, it'll be up to you. Feel free to share whatever it inspires in the comments below (moderated to control the bots), or just run off into a meadow and together you and the pic can share your love in the sunshine. Either. Or. Both? Both is good. Shall we begin?

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