Category Archives: Bumps & Bruises on the Road to Publication

How to Support an Author’s New Book: 11 Ideas For You

By Chuck Sambuchino My Writer’s Digest coworker, Brian A. Klems, recently geared up for the release of his first book — a humorous guide for fathers called OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Your “Current Platform” and “Future Platform”

By Chuck Sambuchino Ah, platform. It’s that dirty word writers hate. It appeared several years ago like a bad dream — a word publishing bigwigs used to describe a writer’s ability to sell their own work through a writer’s social … Continue reading

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Should You Pitch (and Sign With) a New Literary Agent? The Pros and Cons

by Chuck Samuchino One of the most common recurring work blog items I get complimented on is my “New Literary Agent Alerts,” a series where I spotlight new/newer literary agents who are open to queries and looking for clients. At … Continue reading

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Can You Pick The Next Hottest Genre?

Just a quick note: if you’re getting ready to query, and are feeling overwhelmed by the prospect, Laura will be teaching an online class at Lawson’s Writer’s Academy beginning September 2, Submissions That Sell! You can get the details HERE. … Continue reading

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10 Power Tips for Building a Great Critique Group

by Jenny Hansen My day job as a software trainer is about building the skills of my co-workers so they can do productive work. And you know what I noticed several years back? There’s TONS of similarity between my training life … Continue reading

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3 Reasons You Should Embrace Rejections

by Orly Konig-Lopez After that headline a few of you are probably worried that my marble bag has a hole in it. You might not be wrong. But that’s not the point of this post. Rejections. No one wants to … Continue reading

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Writing to Sell

by Darynda Jones Have you ever sat and listened to a panel of editors and agents go over their wish lists, the manuscripts they’d most like to see at that moment? And have you ever thought to yourself, “Hmmm, a … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Modern Writing Dream (part 3)

This week we’ve been focusing on how the changing times in publishing are affecting the publishing dream. On Monday, aspiring author Orly Konig-Lopez shared her dream, Wednesday debut author Laura Drake talked about her evolving dream, and today, multi-published Marilyn Brant … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Modern Writing Dream (part 2)

This week on WITS we’re looking at how the changing times in publishing are affecting the publishing dream. On Monday, aspiring author Orly Konig-Lopez shared her dream, today you’ll hear from debut author Laura Drake and on Friday, multi-published Marilyn Brant … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Modern Writing Dream (part 1)

Ask an author why they write and you’ll get some variation of “to tell a story.” For most of us it started with the wonder of leafing through books picked up at a library or bookstore. We fantasize about the … Continue reading

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