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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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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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