Successful Yard Sale!

As I wrote last week, cleaning out every room and closet in the house, and getting rid of so much stuff, has been incredibly therapeutic. However, I had no idea how good it would feel to watch complete strangers walk away with our old stuff, and have them all hand us money for it to boot!

Reasons NOT to Sell Your Own Book By Angela Hoy

While we’re busy moving over the next three weeks, Angela will be updating her most popular columns.
Is customer service and fulfillment devouring your writing and marketing time? At, we are frequently approached by authors who are weary of all the problems they’ve encountered while trying to sell their books themselves. While they started out wanting to write for a living, they now find they’re spending most of their time on website repairs and upgrades, customer service, troubleshooting, fulfillment, and even dealing with credit card fraud and bounced checks.

Use the 80 – 20 Rule to Sell More Queries By John K. Borchardt

You can take advantage of a common business rule of thumb, the 80 – 20 rule, to better target your queries and get more of them accepted by editors. It is a common rule of thumb in business that 80 percent of a company’s sales come from 20 percent of its customers. After noticing that the same was true for my freelancing writing, I asked several successful freelancers about this. They confirmed that about 80 percent of their income came from just 20 percent of their customers…

Double Spaces After Sentences? No More!

When I was in high school I took a creative writing class. We were taught there were always to be two spaces after a period. I have noticed that is no longer the case, My blog site even adjusts my two spaces down to one. When did the rules change?

Expect the Unexpected By Diane Stark

For a few years, I’ve had a really great idea for a children’s book. It was one of those ideas that wouldn’t leave me alone. It kept me awake at night, just begging me to write it. So although I wasn’t a children’s writer, I knew this idea was too good to ignore…

Almost Finished Packing!

I’m not very popular at the “home office” right now. I told all the kids and Richard that, when we move to Florida, we are NOT moving all that food from the pantry. We are eating it before we leave. That also means no pizza delivery. Each night since then has been “fend for yourself night” at dinnertime and the pantry has gotten so depleted that we actually needed to go to the store yesterday…

Artist Grants: A Unique Source for Furthering Your Writing Career By Kathleen Krueger

Artist Grants: A Unique Source for Furthering Your Writing Career By Kathleen Krueger

When a fellow writer first encouraged me to apply for a grant from our state sponsored arts council to fund a trip to a writer’s conference, I thought she was nuts. But when she told me that she’d used artist grant funds to finance two different trips to out-of-state conferences already, I started paying attention, and asking questions…

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