Posts in Writing Industry
Talking about Your Book: How I Found my Confidence

Being an author means you are a bit of a public figure. You need to interact and build relationships with your fans and industry professionals to have your writing read. Some people find this terrifying. I get it. I used to be extremely shy, so I want to share how I got over that shyness and developed confidence in myself and my writing so you can too.

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Celebrating Your Book: What to Do at a Release Party

You’ve finally published the book you’ve spent months, years, even decades dreaming about. Now it’s time to celebrate! One way to celebrate your writing is to throw a book release party, but before you dive into event planning check out these tips on publication parties to decide if you even want one, where to host, and what to do at your book release.

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Summarizing Your Story: How to Write a Captivating Synopsis

A synopsis is a key part of your submission packet if you intend to traditionally publish. Agents and publishers use this summary to determine if you can write a compelling story all the way to the end, and it has some specific nuances. To give yourself the best chance at landing a publishing deal, learn how to write a compelling synopsis.

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How to Write a Query Letter with Claws

If you plan to traditionally publish, you’ll need a query letter with claws to capture an agent’s or publisher’s attention. Even though there is a bit of a formula to queries, they aren’t easy. Pitches, comparables, and credentials all need to come together to make an agent want your book.

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How to Publish: Pros and Cons of Traditional and Self-Publishing

The decision to traditionally or self-publish your book is not easy. The book industry is in a period of transition, meaning both options have pros and cons and are constantly evolving. To decide if you prefer creative control or payment upfront, you need to understand the benefits and pitfalls of traditional and self-publishing.

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How to Submit Your Creative Writing to Literary Magazines

Authors write to be read. One way of getting your words in front of readers in through literary journals. These publications are looking for specific kinds of polished short pieces. To give your writing the chance to impact and linger with readers, learn how to tell when your piece is ready, find literary magazines, and submit.

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Yes, You Need a Professional Book Editor

Every writer becomes too close to their story to see what is actually on the page instead of what they think is there. Even though you might use beta readers and critique groups, you still need a professional editor because they will read your piece in a timely manner like a reader and have the industry knowledge and skills to elevate your book so it will linger with your readers.

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Why the Inside of Your Book Needs Professional Design

After you’ve written an irresistible book blurb and put together a captivating cover, you still have one more piece of design: the interior of your book. Your book’s inside design disappears when done correctly and jars readers when incorrect. Interior book design is essential to your book’s success.

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How to Write an Irresistible Book Cover Blurb

Whether you’re self or traditionally publishing, the aspect of your book cover you have the most control over is the blurb, where you describe what your book is about. As the author, it is your job to find a short, impactful way to communicate your book’s concept and convince readers to choose your story.

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How to Design a Sensational Back Book Cover

When people say your cover sells your book, they aren’t only talking about the image on the front. The elements of your back cover convince a reader to buy because that is where they are introduced to your story, your characters, and you. Your back book cover is essential to selling your book.

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How to Choose Powerful Fonts and Titles for Your Book Cover

Whether on the spine or the front cover, the first piece of writing your reader sees is your title. Combined with your font, your title is an essential part of your book cover. A powerful title makes a reader curious, so they pull your book off the shelf or click on its thumbnail to find out more.

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How to Survive Your M.F.A. in Creative Writing

If you’ve decided to earn a MFA in Creative Writing or are on the fence, you need to know what it’s like inside the program. You will study writing and have time to write, but you’ll also have to deal with genre favoritism, lack of professors, and other aspects out of your control. I survived my MFA. Here’s how you can too.

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