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Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: 2021 New Year's Resolution for Writers: Read

2021 New Year's Resolution for Writers: Read

Every new year I make a writing resolution. In past years, I have resolved to begin projects and to finish them. I've resolved to write what I most feared and to get more rejections than C. S. Lewis. (He got 800 before he was published.) To my credit, I have managed to fulfill all my resolutions - even C. S. Lewis' stunning number of rejections. (I've gotten well over a thousand, but that's counting rejections for everything I've written. So I've fudged that resolution a bit.) And I have…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: "If you don't know what's impossible, it's easier to do it ..." ~ Neil Gaiman

"If you don't know what's impossible, it's easier to do it ..." ~ Neil Gaiman

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: "If you don't know what's impossible, it's easier to do it ..." ~ Neil Gaiman

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Literary Agents: The Writer's Ultimate Ambiguous Relationship

Literary Agents: The Writer's Ultimate Ambiguous Relationship

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Literary Agents: The Writer's Ultimate Ambiguous Relationship

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: What is Success? The Best-Seller's Numbers Game…

What is Success? The Best-Seller's Numbers Game…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: What is Success? The Best-Seller's Numbers Game…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Top 6 Sites For Mystery/Thriller Writers

Top 6 Sites For Mystery/Thriller Writers

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Top 6 Sites For Mystery/Thriller Writers

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Precycling: A Great Way to Get the Most Mileage Out of Your Blog

Precycling: A Great Way to Get the Most Mileage Out of Your Blog

Updated 2/8/20 If you are new to the blogging scene, you probably don’t have a lot of followers (yet). For aspiring authors, this is a calamity. There you are, pouring your heart and soul into your posts, and nobody is reading them! How will anybody know that you are a gifted writer if your blog is languishing, unhonored and unsung, in cyberspace? The standard advice to unsung bloggers is to guest post, preferably on a high-profile blog that gets a lot of daily traffic. While this is a good…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: A Simple Way to Sell More Books

A Simple Way to Sell More Books

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: A Simple Way to Sell More Books

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Jane Kaufman's writing tips: Punctuation marks deserve to be used with respect

Jane Kaufman's writing tips: Punctuation marks deserve to be used with respect

By Jane Kaufman, The Republican, February 22, 2013 Like a great dance partner, punctuation adds rhythm, flow and spice to writing. It allows the reader to glide through a piece of prose naturally. Poor punctuation bogs down a reader. It confuses and can deaden a lively experience: It grates on the soul. Fixing common punctuation mistakes does not take a doctorate, although many might argue that the whole murky endeavor is best left to nerdy copyeditors and grammarians. The rules of…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: My name is Erica ... and I'm a blogaholic

My name is Erica ... and I'm a blogaholic

It's too late for me. Save yourself! Hello everyone, my name is Erica, and I'm a blogaholic. This is my story. You've heard it all before. But I'm hoping that when you're having your coffee and cookies you'll reflect upon my experience – and keep an open mind. It all started when print publishers got sideswiped by Amazon. I was finishing a book, and, having had several ruinous relationships with publishers (I'm working on those issues), I decided to break the pattern. Why repeat the…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: 5 New Literary Agents Seeking Historical, Commercial, Literary Fiction, YA, Kidlit, Narrative Nonfiction and Translations

5 New Literary Agents Seeking Historical, Commercial, Literary Fiction, YA, Kidlit, Narrative Nonfiction and Translations

Here are five new agents actively building their client lists. Olivia Maidment is seeking historical, commercial, crime, and reading group fiction, along with narrative non-fiction. Sandra Pareja is looking for authentic, unconventional literary voices in fiction, non-fiction and sometimes poetry. She reads and edits in English, Spanish and Italian at a native level, and could tackle manuscripts in French, Portuguese and Catalan. She would consider works from other languages if they are…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Top 5 Sites for Romance Writers

Top 5 Sites for Romance Writers

Note: Post updated on 1/2/21 Romance novels are arguably the most economically successful of all fiction genres. According to Romance Writers of America, romance books bring in a whopping 1.3 billion dollars a year, more than mystery novels, science fiction and fantasy combined. It's no wonder that more than half of all new fiction is comprised of romance novels. (This statistic is borne out by Amazon's top ten bestsellers – both free and paid – half of which are romances.) Not surprisingly…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: What's Your Book About? How to Make a Pitch

What's Your Book About? How to Make a Pitch

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: What's Your Book About? How to Make a Pitch

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: Submitting Your Website to Web Directories

Submitting Your Website to Web Directories

Updated 1/2/21 If you have recently launched a website, you may be wondering how to get it noticed. New websites may take weeks to get “crawled” by search engines – a delay which can transform the heady, champagne-guzzling high of a website launch into a nail-biting, pillow-punching pit of despair. Ignored websites are like those trees that fall in forests in which there are apparently no animals with auditory capabilities. Once you have passed that trial by fire, there is another one…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: ISBNs: When You Need One and When You Don't

ISBNs: When You Need One and When You Don't

Updated 1/1/21 The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is a unique number that identifies books by title, edition (hardback, paperback, electronic ), publisher, and by language. ISBNs have been in use as a means of identifying books since 1970. Originally, the code was 10 digits long, but since 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits. Each section of the code refers to a different piece of information. For example, in the code 978-0-9883646-0-8 the initial prefix “978” identifies the item…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: 49 Calls for Submissions in January 2021 - Paying Markets

72 Calls for Submissions in January 2021 - Paying Markets

There are more than five dozen calls for submissions in January. All of these are paying markets, and none charge submission fees. As always, every genre, style, and form is wanted, from short stories to poetry to essays. I post calls for submissions on the first day of every month. But as I am collecting them, I post them on my page, Calls for Submissions. You can get a jump on next month's calls for submissions by checking that page periodically throughout the month. (I only post paying…

Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: 42 Writing Contests in January 2021 - No entry fees

44 Writing Contests in January 2021 - No entry fees

This January there are more than three dozen writing contests calling for every genre and form, from poetry, to creative nonfiction, to completed novels. Prizes range from $100,000 to publication. None charge entry fees. Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully. If you want to get a jump on next month's contests go to Free Contests. Most of these contests are offered annually, so even if the deadline is past, you can prepare for next…