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Sylvester Stallone's sneaky good writing advice

chicagonow.com – Monday February 22, 2016

I believe everyone has, at least, one story in their head that is begging to be put down on paper. Could be a novel, screenplay, non-fiction, memoir, a book of poems, doesn’t matter. We tell stories all the time, over dinner, over the phone, a good ol Facebook rant but when it comes time to open up a blank Word document, take a deep breath, something changes. The story ends at Once upon a time... 

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The Self-Publishers Guide to Marketing Author Blogs

publishersweekly.com – Saturday February 20, 2016

It’s great to see authors start blogs to help them build robust author platforms. Authors can write articles, create attractive sites, and post all their book and publicity information in one place. But too often this strategy just doesn’t work, because if you want people to visit your blog, you’re going to have to market your blog.

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What Happens When You Burn Out on Writing?

io9.gizmodo.com – Saturday February 20, 2016

Elizabeth Bear is one of those authors who seems like an incredible writing machine. She’s put out a huge number of books in the past 10 years, winning tons of acclaim along the way. But in a brave post on Charles Stross’ blog, she talks about the cost of being that prolific.

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4 Ways Good Editors Improve the Freelance Writing Experience

skyword.com – Thursday February 18, 2016

Hey, you. Yeah, you right there. How many editors do you work with? If you’re freelance writing for a couple of Skyword programs plus creating content for other brands, the answer is probably at least a couple. You don’t have to name names, but you likely enjoy working with some (or even just one) more than others. That’s just human nature.

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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 First, I learned that there's a tremendous amount of underlying bitterness about the publishing business from unpublished authors.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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