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Selling Your Writing To Boating Magazines

cruisingworld.com – Thursday March 17, 2016

In kindergarten I was tasked with making a shoebox diorama that showed me engaged in my future vocation. The little cardboard me I cut out wasn't playing a professional sport or fighting a fire or walking on the Moon. Instead, Mini Me sat solo in the empty Vans shoebox, in a tiny cardboard chair, behind a tiny cardboard table, in front of a tiny cardboard typewriter. It wasn't a dream I chased very far. At some point growing up I was dissuaded by pragmatism. Having learned that I stood the same chances of becoming a successful writer as my kindergarten classmates did becoming a professional baseball player, I steered clear of ever being caught playing the dreamer.

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4 Actionable Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

entrepreneur.com – Thursday March 17, 2016

Have you ever sat down to write and then . . . just sat there, not getting anything down? Whether you are trying to write a book, blog post or something entirely different, writer’s block is a real thing that will not only bring your progress to a grinding halt but will piss you off in the process.

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3 Ways to Price Your Work for Your Freelance Writing Business

entrepreneur.com – Thursday March 17, 2016

In Moonlighting on the Internet, internet entrepreneur Shelby Larson presents the most reliable and proven ways you can create an extra paycheck for the short term and establish a continual revenue stream for the long term with your own website. In this edited excerpt, Larson offers tips on how to price your freelance writing projects.  

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Moneyball for book publishers: A detailed look at how we read

boston.com – Wednesday March 16, 2016

Andrew Rhomberg wants to be the Billy Beane of the book world.

Beane used analytics to transform baseball, famously recounted in “Moneyball,” a book by Michael Lewis. Now Rhomberg wants to use data about people’s reading habits to radically reshape how publishers acquire, edit and market books.

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You Can't Write Without a Leap of Faith

huffingtonpost.com – Wednesday March 16, 2016

The most important thing every writer has to do is take a leap of faith.

What does that mean, exactly? That, no matter how stuck you are at the start of a book, or how unwieldy your manuscript becomes as you wade deeper into it, you have to believe in yourself enough to keep writing.

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New Publisher Listing

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 16, 2016

Publishes: Poetry; 
Markets: Adult

Publishes books of poetry by Washington State poets. All submissions must be made through the annual competition, entry fee: $12. Submit online.

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Top 10 tips on how to write like William Shakespeare

theguardian.com – Tuesday March 15, 2016

When I started writing the My Book of Stories series, my intention was to inspire young people to write their own stories by using plot ideas and characters from some of the best stories ever written. Looking at Shakespeare’s canon I realised that he covered almost every variant of story you might ever think of. From power struggles to love stories, adventures in the wilderness to life at court, you can find all of life in his plays, so here are my top 10 tips on how to write your own Shakespearean tales, in Shakespeare Week.

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Agent Shares Publishing Secrets With Aspiring Authors

courant.com – Tuesday March 15, 2016

They came because they had stories to tell. Some had even turned those stories into manuscripts.

More than 20 local residents attended a session at the Putnam Public Library on March 5 to listen to literary agent Jan Kardys. She was in town to talk about book publishing, what agents look for in a manuscript, and the work writers need to do after they write their books.

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New Magazine Listing

firstwriter.com – Tuesday March 15, 2016

Publishes: Essays; Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry

Areas include: Arts; Criticism; Literature; Short Stories

Markets: Adult

Preferred styles: Literary

Online magazine dedicated to literature, social and cultural criticism, philosophy, and the arts. Send poetry submissions by post only, between February 1 and June 30. Prose, art, and multimedia accepted year-round by post or by email (up to 5MB). Postal submissions should include brief bio and SASE.

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Should You Self-Publish or Pursue a Mainstream Publisher?

huffingtonpost.com – Monday March 14, 2016

Over the past month, I have fielded numerous inquiries about book development and promotion, so I figured it would be helpful to share with you my tips for both. In this first installment, I'll focus on the starting point question of whether to self-publish or pursue a mainstream publisher. There is really no right or wrong answer here. Instead, there are pros and cons of each route, along with numerous variables to consider. Here are some of them:

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