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Super Secret Tips For Getting Your Short Story Published

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Super Secret Tips For Getting Your Short Story Published

Super secret tips! GETCHER SUPER SECRET TIPS RIGHT HEAH! *Ahem* Okay, here's a thing: Improbable Press (IP) is putting together a new anthology, and delightfully someone emailed asking if I had any super secret tips on how they could get their story accepted for it. BOY HOWDY YES. Super Secret Tips For Getting Your Short Story Published Actually, there aren't tips plural, there is tip, as in one, and that is this: Get out your magnifying glass. Squink one eye closed. Then peer through that glass at the submission guidelines for the anthology. I'm talkin' close. Read them. Absorb them...

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The Big, Big Difference Between Self-Publishing, a Vanity Press and a Small Press

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The Big, Big Difference Between Self-Publishing, a Vanity Press and a Small Press

Spoiler alert in the first sentence! The difference between vanity presses and small presses is you pay the first one to work with you, and the second one pays you to work with them. That's mostly it. Or let's put it another way: with a vanity press or self-publishing, you assume most of the risk of publishing your book. When you work with a small press, they assume most of the risk of publishing your book. If you self-publish or use a vanity press you call the shots because you're paying. You decide if your book is edited, its cover,...

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The Ultimate Guide to Getting Published

Atlin Merrick Publishing 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 and editor 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...

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Two Ways to Make Your First Writing Sale

Atlin Merrick Help for Writers Publishing Tips for Selling Your Writing

You’ve written tens of thousands of words of short stories, fanfiction, character development, and you want to sell something damn it. Obviously you’re already a writer — you write, so that makes you a writer, that's the rules — but now you want to be a professional. A professional is paid to write. Even if she makes £1 she’s a pro. She was paid. So, how do you do it, how do you make that first sale? I know it seems hard (it did to me), because you get a lot of rejections or just silence (which is worse? Is...

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