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Beginning your book's publicity plan

By Theresa Meyers
President, Blue Moon Communications

firstwriter.com – Saturday April 29, 2006

Whether your book is published by a large publisher, a small press, or is self-published, having a publicity plan for promoting your work is vital for its success. Before you begin developing your publicity plan, however, you need to be clear on your "message points".

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How I found an agent and got published - An interview with author, Michael Thompkins

firstwriter.com – Saturday March 25, 2006

Michael Thompkins recently secured a publishing deal, thanks to an agent he found using firstwriter.com's database of literary agencies. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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Sharing the writing experience... online

By Roger N. Taber
Poet

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 15, 2006

I enjoyed Naomi Booth's article, "The Value Of Sharing the Writing Experience" (fwn 33, November 2005), and agree that sharing the writing experience is a valuable learning tool for all writers. However, as a poet with a growing reputation in the United Kingdom and overseas, I have to say that my own experience of writing groups and workshops has been very different.

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How I found a literary agent - An interview with author J. B. Bergstad

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 15, 2006

J. B. Bergstad recently acquired an agent using firstwriter.com's database of literary agencies. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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Getting your work published – a few tips

By Cherie Rohn
New author and freelance writer

firstwriter.com – Monday December 19, 2005

In 1996 at a casino dealer's school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, my blackjack teacher, William Hanner, found himself sitting on a dynamite story. With only a third-grade education under his belt, he needed someone to write his true-life Damon Runyonesque tale. William's story hit me like a punch in the solar plexus. The scrawled words he'd set down in his dog-eared notebook so captivated me that I resolved to write his book no matter what it took.

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Are editors evil?

By Bonnie Boots
Full-time writer and part-time designer

firstwriter.com – Monday December 19, 2005

When shopping for my Halloween costume, it's no drooling vampire or motley mummy for me, but the true embodiment of terror, a leering, lurching editor!

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author Richard E. Dixon

firstwriter.com – Monday December 19, 2005

Richard E. Dixon recently acquired an agent using firstwriter.com's database of literary agencies. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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The value of sharing the writing experience

By Dr Naomi Booth
Lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature, York St John University

firstwriter.com – Saturday November 26, 2005

Many people who begin writing do so with a strong concept of what a writer should be like. Perhaps it’s a serious novelist typing through the night, driven to insomnia by the urgency of their story. Or maybe it’s a dedicated poet, practising their verse forms to perfection. Personally, mine was of a woman living alone somewhere by the sea, utterly devoted to her artistic pursuit to the exclusion of almost everything except a walk on the beach to refresh her inspiration. And possibly the occasional nap, if her muse would leave her alone for a few hours. After completing a degree in English literature many of my peers took themselves off to attempt to become "writers" in the way they imagined writers should be. One went to live in a house in the middle of rural France to write a novel, barely seeing another soul – other than the boulanger at the nearest village – for almost a year. Another spent six months in a beach hut in Zanzibar. What many people’s imagined writers seem to have in common is that they undertake writing alone. The act of writing is so often imagined by aspiring writers as an intensely solitary, almost punishing, pursuit. 

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with Mary Kilgore

firstwriter.com – Saturday November 26, 2005

Mary Kilgore recently acquired an agent using firstwriter.com's database of literary agencies. We asked her about her writing, and how she found success.

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Winning writing competitions

firstwriter.com – Saturday October 22, 2005

If you're interested in entering writing competitions, then, like most entrants, you probably know how hard it is to even get a mention, let alone win. Yet some people manage to win competition after competition – so how do they do it? As the deadline for our Fourth International Poetry Competition draws near we took time out to talk to the winner of our First International Short Story Contest, Alexandra Fox (who has won no fewer than seventeen competitions in less than two years), to try and find out what her magic touch is!

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