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How to Pay it Forward Within the Literary Community

There’s something about the holiday season that puts people in a generous mood. From random anonymous acts of kindness to time-honored remembrances, it truly is the giving season. Heck, even the Grinch’s heart grew three sizes during the holidays. So what can writers do to pay it forward within the literary community? Here are...

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Best 3 Writing Gigs on Retainer

Steady paychecks month after month. Easy writing assignments because you know the audience. Happy clients who value you and your writing. These are just a few of the benefits of writing on retainer.

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Writing Dystopian Fiction: 7 Tips

As the middleclass lives out the tale spun by Stephen King’s Thinner, we might find ourselves picking up a dystopian novel to relive our despondent youths. In other words, if you feel angry about the current political milieu, then you just might be a dystopian author.

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Ongoing Paid Writing Assignments

Imagine having a paid writing assignment you can count on--every month! (Or even every week!) It’s possible, if you write on retainer — which basically means a company hires you (and usually pays you a monthly flat fee in advance) to ensure you’ll write for them on a regular basis.

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How to Land New Clients

When it comes to making a living as a writer, it’s not about getting the occasional writing gig ... You’re looking for ongoing clients … people who can give you assignment after assignment … so that you can focus on what you do best – writing!

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From Proposal to Contract in Under a Week

For several years I labored in the agent fields, trying to harvest one for my book on helping doctoral candidates finish their dissertations. My approach, I was sure, was new, based on my longtime practice of coaching doctoral students and editing their dissertation drafts.

Books Without Boundaries

If Bill Gates said it, I tend to believe it. The software tycoon-turned-philanthropisthas been proven right on just about everything. (If you forget the Zune and that CTRL-ALT-DEL thing.) At the dawn of the internet, Gates published an essay that started off with this line: “Content is where I expect much of the real...

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Destroy All Roadblocks that Stand in Your Way

Last week, we took a huge step in moving you forward as a well-paid writer … I asked you to visualize what the writer’s life means to you — in very specific terms. And then I asked you to evaluate the potential paths that match your needs, and make a decision on which path...

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The Difference Between Dreamers and Achievers

Last week was our annual FastTrack to Copywriting Success Bootcamp and Job Fair. Over the last 17 years, it has become THE copywriting event of the year. And this year, 400+ aspiring and professional writers joined us in Delray Beach, Florida to have industry legends teach them how to build successful copywriting businesses —...

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Four Tips for Writing for the Romance Market

BY JESSICA BARKSDALE INCLAN After writing literary short fiction and then six contemporary novels, my then-agent told me to go henceforth and write a romance. A romance? I thought. Really? So when I decided to try my hand at romance, I learned a lot about writing in that genre. Here’s what I know...

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7 Best-Paying Projects for Writers in 2015

If you’ve been daydreaming about making a comfortable living as a writer, 2015 will definitely be the year you make it a reality. There have never been more legitimate freelance opportunities for professional writers than there are right now – especially when the assignments are aimed at helping companies build their businesses.

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NaNoWriMo Prep Work: To Edit or Not Edit While Writing First Draft

BY TED BOONE The most common technique that experienced WriMos will propose for newbies is the “zero editing” approach. That is, during the month of November, you must resist the urge to edit your novel. The advice is based upon the idea that NaNo participants should always be increasing their word count, regardless of...

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NaNoWriMo Prep Work: How to Fit Writing Into Your Busy Schedule

BY ABBY SCHREIBER Everyone has a different take on the writing process, from the classic rhythm of "Write, edit, revise, and repeat" to the scramble of mismatched scenes that eventually come together. As a young author, I find the writing process to be something stretchable, and easy to bend. The writer is the one...

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NaNoWriMo Prep Work: How to Prepare to Write Your Book in 30 Days

BY OWEN BONDONO Every writer needs their own specific combination of factors to thrive creatively. Some people like quiet, while others like noise. Some write first thing in the morning, others write after everyone else has gone to bed. Finding your writing niche is key to upping your productivity. Here's how to do that....