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Review: The Law (in Plain English) for Writers

By Rocky Reichman
Editor and Publisher, Literary Magic

firstwriter.com – Friday March 28, 2008

The Law (in Plain English) for Writers, by Leonard D. Duboff and Bert P. Krages, II
Sphinx Publishing Naperville, Illinois $16.95
ISBN #: 1-57248-476-4

Writers need to be creative. They also need to be business savvy, in order to successfully publish, promote and sell their books. But one aspect that's constantly overlooked for writers is Law. Legal matters, for writers. Dozens of books tell you how to market your books, and twice that many show you how to write them. But very few offer succinct, clear legal guidance like this book does. And the wording is in plain English, too. The Law (in Plain English) for Writers is a comprehensive yet easy to understand legal guide for writers. The book's pages cover a large amount of publishing law and writing legalities.

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Eight reasons to attend writer’s cons

By L.J. Bothell

firstwriter.com – Saturday January 26, 2008

You’ve heard about them, you’ve seen them announced; perhaps they’ve even invaded your city. "Cons", short for "conventions". WorldCon, Norwescon, NECON, etc. But they’re expensive, require travel, and lots of weird people go to them, right? Why would you (a writer / poet / artist / editor / whatever) want to attend one?

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Setting the scene

By Ken Brosky
Editor-in-Chief, Brew City Magazine

firstwriter.com – Saturday November 24, 2007

Too many writers in today's age leave too much to their readers' imaginations, omitting key details in scenes that are just as important as the characters involved or their dialogue, threatening the image of "floating heads".

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Book proposal writing made easy

By William Cane

firstwriter.com – Saturday November 24, 2007

You want to write a nonfiction blockbuster, and you have a great idea, maybe even a title. Now the only thing you need to know is where to begin. The answer is the book proposal.

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How I found a publisher - An interview with author, Brian Withecombe

firstwriter.com – Saturday November 24, 2007

Brian Withecombe recently acquired a publisher using firstwriter.com's database of publishers. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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How I got a publisher - An interview with author, Lynette Mather

firstwriter.com – Friday October 26, 2007

Lynette Mather (pen-name "L.A.Thunder") recently acquired a publisher using firstwriter.com's database of publishers. We asked her about her writing, and how she found success.

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Making a success of your writing

By Patricia Fry

firstwriter.com – Friday October 26, 2007

A new year is looming large. Are you ready to take your writing business to the next level? Will you finally complete that novel in 2008? Despite years of putting off your dream, you can succeed. You can earn a living as a freelance writer. You can experience the joy of authorship. Here are some suggestions to help you move closer to your writing goals.

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author, Robert W. Morgan

firstwriter.com – Saturday September 29, 2007

In 2006, Robert W. Morgan acquired an agent using firstwriter.com's database of literary agencies. Eighteen months on, he's repeated the same success by placing his latest work with another agent, again found through firstwriter.com. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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Surviving in the small press

By David Soulsby
Editor, Libbon

firstwriter.com – Saturday September 29, 2007

There is one of the unexplained mysteries of the writer/publisher interface that grieves me. Why do writers submit their work to magazines without first checking out their suitability? It grieves me because my belief that writers would not hand over their masterpieces without first ensuring that the magazine wasn't printed on toilet tissue with a John Bull home printing set led me to publish my own short story magazine entitled Libbon.

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author Rob Riley

firstwriter.com – Saturday August 25, 2007

Rob Riley 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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