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Yes, You Can Get a Book Deal

huffingtonpost.com – Saturday February 13, 2016

Back in October, I wrote a post about my efforts to write a book, my take on the publishing industry, and my desire to get a book deal. The reaction was fascinating and in some cases, very emotional. First, I learned that there's a tremendous amount of underlying bitterness about the publishing business from unpublished authors. Second, many folks believe self-publishing is the way to go because traditional publishing is broken, and self-published authors can get a better share of the profits. And third, many folks believe it's impossible for an unknown writer to get a deal.

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Publishers should pay authors as much as their other employees

theguardian.com – Thursday February 11, 2016

There’s nothing to publish without writers, so why are they being pushed to extinction by their appalling pay?

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The perils of writing about sex: 'Your partner will think it's about them. Or – even worse – someone else'

theguardian.com – Thursday February 11, 2016

Should you use exotic euphemisms or anatomical detail? Should it be comical, tender or shocking? And what if your mum reads it? Three generations of writers reveal the pitfalls – and pleasures – of writing about erotic encounters.

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Learn How to Make Your Writing Funnier With This Video Lesson

lifehacker.com – Thursday February 11, 2016

Whether you want to tell stories, write a killer speech, or just make your business memos a little less humdrum, humor is one of the best ways to engage an audience. This video lesson gives you some practical tips you can apply to your writing to make it funnier in a snap.

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13 Painful Realities of a Writer's Life

huffingtonpost.co.uk – Tuesday February 9, 2016

I don't think this post needs an introduction. People wouldn't read it anyway. They always skip down to the numbers. Don't think I don't know this. If you've read this far, I'm impressed.

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Is self-publishing coming of age in the digital world?

bbc.co.uk – Tuesday February 9, 2016

Erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey began life as a humble, self-published e-book, unable to satisfy the tastes of traditional publishers.

Within a few years it had achieved domination on a global scale, spawning a series that has sold more than 125 million copies.

E. L. James's personal story has become a tantalising fantasy for aspiring authors. But one that technology and social media are making increasingly realisable.

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9 Reasons Joining A Writing Group Is One Of The Best Ways A Writer Can Grow

bustle.com – Monday February 8, 2016

If you are a writer who has never been part of a writer's group, I am here to change that. Seriously. Writing groups are the best things to happen to a writer since the invention of spell check. (I rely heavily on both so I would know.) For those who don't know a lot about it, writing groups are part social gathering, part creative free-for-all, and most importantly the safest place to have your writing be seen. As someone who is terrified of strangers reading my material, being part of a group has helped me learn so much about myself and my style of writing. I have improved tremendously because of it.

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Trying To Find a Literary Agent Is the Worst Thing Ever

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 6, 2016

Anyone who’s ever dated regularly, tried to score against LeBron James, or been a transplanted organ knows what it’s like to face rejection. But no one understands the pain of rejection better than a first-time novelist looking for an agent.

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Want to Succeed in Self-Publishing? Be Professional: Tips from an Indie Author

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 6, 2016

Jessica Lourey, author of the Murder by Month mysteries, began searching for a new publisher for her novel The Catalain Book of Secrets after she realized her current house, Midnight Ink, doesn’t publish magical realism. Lourey got close to a traditional publishing deal, but ultimately “couldn’t letCatalain wither on the vine.” So she chose to self-publish.

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How do I become ... an ebook writer?

theguardian.com – Thursday February 4, 2016

After giving up a job commissioning rollercoasters, Tracy Bloom fell in love with novel-writing and now she makes a living from self-published romances.

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