A REVIEWER SCAM AND HOW TO AVOID IT By Beth Ann Erickson

Writing a book is difficult. Getting it published is even harder – especially when you want to work with a reputable publisher. After you FINALLY get it published, your next step is to acquire a readership. One way to do this is to submit your book to reviewers whose opinions will hopefully entice readers to […]

PLAY THE AGENT GAME! By Chris Gavaler

Picture an actual playing board with plastic pieces and a spinner in the middle. The spinner is important because it will remind you how much is left to chance. The best writer with the best novel still has to submit to the luck of random numbers. You obviously begin at Square One. For a realistic […]

APRIL SHOWERS By Shaunna Privratsky

When it rains, it pours. My first taste of success happened a year ago, in April 2001. My essay “The Silk Robe” won in the 2001 National Literature Competition sponsored by American Mothers, Inc. The essay about my Mom placed first in North Dakota and second at the National level. Seven months later, my booklet “The Silk Robe” was published.

BACKING INTO WRITING By Yvonne Scott

I’ve only written one query letter in my life. Never got so much as a form letter response. I’ve never written a manuscript proposal or created an outline for anything. Yet, I’m a writer. It’s in my blood and in my dreams. The fuel was there and fear kept me from igniting it until this winter.

FOUR WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR FREELANCE INCOME By Lisa Beamer

Freelancers do what they do for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is to make a living. Some writers have been going at it for years without seeing a desired monetary return on their efforts. As if rejections aren’t depressing enough, the lack of checks coming in the mail can make them […]

YOUNG CHILDREN AND FREELANCING: CAN THE TWO MIX? By Shanna Bartlett Groves

I didn’t think so two years ago before I had my son, Weston. The office environment suited me well. I was working for a women’s organization and writing for its magazine. There were weekly planning meetings, phone interviews and research projects to occupy five days a week.

FREELANCING FOR THE EDUCATIONAL MARKET! By Elaine Grannis

Working as a sales representative for an educational publisher has opened up an entirely new world of learning for me. I have been able to peer into the publishing process, the types of books written and the latest trends across the nation, much like a medical student is able to view the fine art of […]