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Exciting freelancing and website updates

If you’ve been keeping an eye on things, you’ll notice Write Strong went a bit dormant for the past month or so (as I warned it might at various times). This has been from a variety of factors, one of which being that I left my last day job not long ago. I’ve been devoting [...]

Query Quagmire – Query critiques with attitude

Querying literary agents and editors can be one of the must frustrating parts of the whole publishing industry…for both writers and those they’re querying. Writers hate queries because they inevitably lead to rejections. Literary agents and editors must wade through hundreds a day, many of them terrible. After a while, the constant cycle of query-reject-query-reject [...]

Are bookstores more about experience than product now?

Books and publishing are evolving. That’s plain to see. The rising popularity and functionality of ebooks and e-readers continues to establish their presence in the market. Authors who have the ability to republish their backlist online, direct to readers, (such as how J.K. Rowling is doing with the Harry Potter books) will benefit enormously from this [...]

Writer’s Knowledge Base – The Search Engine for Writers

The countless facets of the writing craft and publishing industry can be overwhelming, especially to newer writers. The amount of research and work required to get a grasp on the fundamentals of building a successful writing career can be exhausting. The sheer number of books and articles and blogs available to writers can be daunting. [...]

The importance of knowing your story length

Moving on from our discussion of the importance of knowing your story’s genre, let’s consider word count. Why is it important to factor in the length of your story? Again, you must consider both the publishing industry and your future readers. As with many things, the publishing industry has a variety of written and unwritten [...]

The importance of knowing your genre

If I were to ask you, “What are you writing?” would you be able to answer without taking a few hours to ponder? What if it wasn’t me asking, but an agent or editor? Would you be able to answer them intelligently (and hopefully, in a way that hooks their interest)? Two big elements many [...]

Two new articles added

As the week draws to a close, here are two new articles for you to browse. The first comes from literary agent Donald Maass, where he addresses the upswinging trend of writers pursuing success through the self-pub route. Does the Road to New York Start with Self-Publishing? – Are you ruining your chances of success [...]

9 must-read blogs for writers, by agents and editors

Continuing in this bloggy roundup, we’re moving on to those run by literary agents and editors. These tend to focus more on publishing insights, the business side of the writing coin. Check these out for query tips, industry updates, and discover that agents and editors are human, too! 1. Writer Unboxed – Yes. This was [...]

9 must-read blogs for writers, by writers

A bit less active this week, as I’m focusing a bit on getting some revisions done on a manuscript to send my agent’s way. In the meantime, I figured I might showcase some of the blogs out there that I am often drawn to because of their stellar content and information they provide for writers. [...]

Nascence – A short story collection all fiction writers should read

Nascence is not your average short story collection. And I’m not talking about the quality of the stories found within, because some of them are…well…bad. That’s the point. Am I confusing you yet? Nascence comes from science fiction author Tobias Buckell (Check out Crystal Rain, first of his Satrapy books). Buckell decided to gather together [...]

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