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Winning writing competitions

firstwriter.com – Saturday October 22, 2005

If you're interested in entering writing competitions, then, like most entrants, you probably know how hard it is to even get a mention, let alone win. Yet some people manage to win competition after competition – so how do they do it? As the deadline for our Fourth International Poetry Competition draws near we took time out to talk to the winner of our First International Short Story Contest, Alexandra Fox (who has won no fewer than seventeen competitions in less than two years), to try and find out what her magic touch is!

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Staying positive about publishing

By J. Paul Dyson
Managing Editor, firstwriter.com

firstwriter.com – Saturday September 24, 2005

One of the great things about working on a writers' site is that you get to see a lot of enthusiastic and exciting new writers. The flip side of this, however, is that you also meet a lot of jaded, bitter writers, who have come to the conclusion that there is some kind of "problem" with the publishing industry, given up any hope of ever seeing their work in print, and spend their days whinging about the terrible scourge of capitalism in the publishing world, blinding people to the value of true art.

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author Rae Phillips

firstwriter.com – Saturday September 24, 2005

Rae Phillips 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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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author Adrienne Schwartz

firstwriter.com – Saturday August 27, 2005

Adrienne Schwartz 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 dos and don’ts of obtaining a screenwriting agent

By Amy B. Taylor
Owner, Cedar Grove Agency Entertainment

firstwriter.com – Sunday July 31, 2005

Every year record numbers of screenwriters send out queries with hopes of obtaining representation, or even better, having their script optioned or sold. Unfortunately, many would-be successful screenwriters never make it past the receptionist's desk.

Contrary to popular belief, this particular agent's heart is not as black as her coffee. As a literary agent and judge for many competitions, I continually see four basic mistakes become major pitfalls to up and coming writers: format; structure; over-writing; and querying. So, I thought I'd offer some guidance on these fundamentals.

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author James R. Larson

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 30, 2005

James R. Larson 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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How to get top-selling agents' attention

By Jill Nagle
Founder and Principal: GetPublished, guerilla guidance for your writing adventure

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 26, 2005

Many authors nearly jump out of their shirts when they get an offer of representation from an agent. However, not just any agent has the right contacts to get the kind of money your work may be able to command. A top-selling agent with a recent track record of selling work like yours for the kind of money you want is your best bet, yet so many authors shy away from approaching top agents, thinking those agents would never pay attention to someone of their stature.

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For beginners: ten ways to prepare to get published

By Jill Nagle
Founder and Principal: GetPublished, guerilla guidance for your writing adventure

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 26, 2005

Like any field, excellent writing requires study, practice and mentorship. Very few successful authors ever published their first draft of their first work. Nearly all had to expend considerable effort to improve their craft. Here are some ways to prepare for that moment of publication. These tips also help keep you on your toes after publication for better and better writing results as your career develops.

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Bulletproof book proposals: three solutions you can implement right now

By Jill Nagle
Founder and Principal: GetPublished, guerilla guidance for your writing adventure

firstwriter.com – Sunday April 24, 2005

As a nonfiction author, you can breathe a sigh of relief. You don’t have to write your whole book. In fact, you shouldn’t write your whole book. You should write a book proposal, and get paid to write your book. That’s how the mainstream publishing world usually works. 

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How I got a literary agent

firstwriter.com – Saturday March 26, 2005

Jeffrey Bishop recently placed his book with the Running Water Literary Agency, which 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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