What's on the 'manuscript wishlist' of literary agents?
startribune.com – Sunday March 20, 2016
The other day, a friend sent me a link to something called "manuscript wishlist" — a Twitter thread (#MSWL) from literary agents who are looking for that next bestselling blockbuster manuscript by an unknown writer. (Also online at http://mswishlist.com)
It's fascinating to troll the posts and see what they're hoping to find. (And poets, I'm sorry, but you can all stop reading right now. They're not looking for poetry.)
10 Struggles All Creative Writing Majors Understand
bustle.com – Sunday March 20, 2016
I have a degree in creative writing. And I'm pretty sure they won't refund me if I try to return it. So I have chosen to be proud of my degree. When I tell people that I majored in creative writing, though, I usually get a response that ranges from sympathy to out and out horror. People want to know why my parents allowed me, their only child, to throw away my future on a creative writing degree (but my parents are both professional actors, so they actually think of writing as a very solid and employable career path).
Finally Finish Your Novel With These 10 Writing Apps for iOS
pastemagazine.com – Friday March 18, 2016
The App Store is teeming with great apps for helping you keep short notes on your iPhone or iPad, but it’s not just there for reminding you to pick up milk or to email someone. There are plenty of apps that allow you to write much longer pieces in a convenient format – whether it’s an essay or the start of the next Oscar winning blockbuster. Here are 10 great apps for writing long form pieces on the move.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Publisher Listing
firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 16, 2016
Publishes books of poetry by Washington State poets. All submissions must be made through the annual competition, entry fee: $12. Submit online.
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.