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Avoiding literary agency scams

By J. Paul Dyson
Managing Editor, firstwriter.com

firstwriter.com – Friday October 27, 2006

For as long as there have been writers eager to get published, there have been con artists ready to prey upon them for a quick buck. Nowadays, the internet is rife with phony literary agencies offering writers false hope in return for a small (or not-so-small) sum of money. In this article I'll look at some of the ways you can spot a dodgy agency, and avoid your time, money, and aspirations being abused. While none of the points below guarantee by themselves that an agency is dubious, together they can make a compelling case, and they should all make you tread a little more cautiously.

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author Geri Spieler

firstwriter.com – Saturday September 23, 2006

Geri Spieler 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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The Critical Critique: How editing your writing increases your chances of getting published

By Rocky Reichman
Editor and Publisher, Literary Magic

firstwriter.com – Sunday August 27, 2006

There are many things a writer has to have in mind when trying to get published. Among these are learning how to write a professional critique and having credentials. However, most aspiring authors too often miss out on one of the most critical elements necessary to become a published author: editing. No matter how good your query letter is, you still need work that's written well. Even if you have good credentials, that won't matter to an editor or literary agent. When they see work that is either poorly edited or not even edited at all, one word screams out at them: amateur.

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How to write a book review

By Patricia Fry

firstwriter.com – Saturday July 29, 2006

Every author wants to have his/her book reviewed. It’s a good way to get exposure for their books and exposure computes into sales. With the rise in the number of new authors each year, there’s a greater need for book reviewers.

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The practical approach

By Allison Whitehead

firstwriter.com – Saturday June 24, 2006

The market for practical, or how to, articles is a very promising one. Everyone wants to improve some aspect of their life, and the alert freelance can earn many a useful fee supplying the know-how in an easily readable form.

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Rhyme or reason – what makes a good poem?

By J. Paul Dyson
Managing Editor, firstwriter.com

firstwriter.com – Friday May 26, 2006

If you ask people who write poetry what makes a good poem it’s amazing how few can actually think of an answer. For a lot of people, however, a lot of importance is placed on a poem rhyming. In this article I’ll be looking at why this can be a misleading and even dangerous focus of attention.

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The basics of author branding

By Theresa Meyers
President, Blue Moon Communications

firstwriter.com – Friday May 26, 2006

I know you've heard PR people mention the word "brand" and thought, "what is she talking about?" Well, here's a quick and easy discussion of what an author brand is, how it works, why you need it and what to do with it.

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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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