A PUBLISHED AUTHOR:
Online Writing Workshop
With baby boomers approaching retirement, possibly more writers
are attempting publication than ever. A few succeed, but the overwhelming
majority do not. Why? How can a writer with only
average writing skills achieve greater success than someone with
superior writing skills?
will likely find advice in this online writing workshop unavailable
elsewhere that could dramatically improve your chances of acceptance.
Not your typical creative writing workshop, BECOMING A
PUBLISHED AUTHOR doesn't teach you how to write better,
but how to write smarter through an awareness of what
publishers want to buy. BECOMING A PUBLISHED
There’s a common
sense approach to getting published that the majority of new writers
typically overlook. Here it is, as well as a basic explanation
of why best-selling novels are sometimes poorly written.
GETTING AN EDUCATION
Writing, like any other
profession, requires an extensive continuing education, but colleges
rarely offer coursework on commercial publishing, so where do
you learn what you’ll need to know to be published?
GETTING AN AGENT
All professions require
some knowledge beyond the basic field of study. For instance,
doctors must know certain business practices to manage an office
and employees, but this isn’t taught in medical school.
To be a successful author, you must also be open to non-writing-related
issues that could prove crucial to your eventual success. Literary
agents are important, and they are discussed here, but their focus
is strictly on sales.
GETTING A PUBLISHER'S ATTENTION
An effective query
letter alone won’t get you a publishing deal (unless you’re
writing non-fiction), but it can get your foot in the door. Here
is a simple approach to writing eye-catching queries. And remember
that no matter how talented you might be, you’ll always
face rejection and/or criticism. No individual writer can please
GETTING PREPARED TO WRITE
best-selling authors discourage the use of outlines, but they
live in a different world than you. Manuscript length and rejection
are rarely an issue to them. An outline will help you meet a publisher’s
needs and improve the efficiency of your writing time. No matter
what you might have heard elsewhere on the subject, a positive
approach to outlining can be critical to your eventual success.
payment in U.S. funds along with your e-mail address to:
P. O. Box 100031
Birmingham, AL 35210
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TRUTH ABOUT SELF-PUBLICATION
Learn which manuscripts are most amenable to self-publication
and which are an entire waste of money.
What do publishers expect from new writers? Your work is evaluated
differently than that of best-selling authors. Here you'll learn
what publishers want in a novel from previously unpublished writers.
FOR THE MOVIES
Grab some popcorn and learn about creating effective screenplays
that will get the attention of top producers and directors.
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