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Crafting Query Letters

An exceptional query letter can propel your manuscript to representation and a publishing contract. A query letter’s purpose is to persuade an editor or an agent to read your manuscript—to invest their time in your work. It needs to be seductive and contain charming persuasion. It is a sales letter and displays your book as a marketable product.

Maintaining and Growing a Successful Writer Blog

Maintaining and Growing a Successful Writer Blog By Mandy E. Barnett Once you have set up your blog and identified your target audience and know what theme/topics you will cover, you need to maintain it. One of the most important tasks is to ensure you have a regular schedule, so your readers know when to […]

Starting a Writer/Author Blog

There are pros and cons to starting and maintaining a blog, but before you start, ask yourself the first and most important question – why do you want to blog in the first place?

The Truth About Rejections

Agents and publishers get thousands of submissions each year and can’t possibly read them all with equal consideration.

Crowd Control

Some fiction pieces are over populated as these three stories illustrate. A writer has to keep the multiple characters in place without sacrificing the story’s plot.

Imps of Perversity

These stories are alike; each protagonist has inner thoughts that they wouldn’t necessarily want to reveal.

Titles That Work

Titles may contain some intrigue; they may suggest another level to the story but in flash fiction, with limited word count constraints, titles are also several additional words. As such they need to ‘work.’

Involving One

This group of flash fiction stories have ‘one’ thing in common. They are stories that mainly feature one person. Something happens to this one person and because of that a change occurs. In the first story, all it takes is a look for the protagonist to become defensive.

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