Writers know the value of good information. But writers are also aware that if you are spending all of your time searching for that tip or technique you may never actually getting any writing done. So, have you considered listening to podcasts? If not, you should. I listen to a few that offer writing advice, tips and how to get published. I listen to them when I am cooking, cleaning, walking and driving. For me, that’s when I have time. Over at Chazzwrites.com, is a list of great podcast resources for writers. Take a moment to check them out. Happy writing!
English: Podcast or podcasting icon Français : Icône pour les podcasts ou la baladodiffusion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What authors should stick in their ears and eyes to succeed
The following is a list of resources for anyone interested in writing and publishing. I’m going to head off any rancour immediately and tell you this is neither meant to be a comprehensive list nor is it in any particular order. Okay? Okay. Read on.
1. Joe Konrath’s blog: Arguments are made. Elucidation ensues. Many writers have become author/publishers after reading Konrath’s blog.
2. Self-Publishing Podcast: The guys behind Write, Publish, Repeat often have great guests, but co-host David Wright who is the soulless soul of the show. Always NSFW. New episodes every Thursday. Joanna Penn appears this coming Thursday. (i.e. week of Valentine’s Day, 2014.) Read more here.
I’ve done some freelance writing in my lifetime and it’s always exciting to see my words come to life. Although my writing has been more ghostwriting, especially since the companies I’ve worked for kept the technical pieces and called them their own, there is still a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that I did it. Freelancing is what I’ve been wanting to do for some of my favorite magazines and web sites, but I am too chicken to put my toe in the water. Some of the reasons are the hard work that may not pay off, the rejection and the burden of burn out.
I came across a very interesting article written by Robbie Blair at Litreactor.com, here he expresses the ups and downs of freelance writing and what writers should do when they decide to jump into the pool. He provides insight on his own experiences and as a result has a lot of advice that will help newbies stay ahead of the game. Happy writing!
I’d been working as a full-time freelance writer for eight months when I made a startling realization: I had come to hate writing. The craft that I identified with and the ambition I’d had since Jr. High—to make money as a writer—had backfired. I didn’t like the work. I didn’t like my life. I didn’t even like myself.
It’s easy to romanticize the life of a professional writer, but as I quickly discovered, there’s a right way and a wrong way to write for a living. In my four years of full-time freelance work (and three years of part-time gig-seeking), I went through a lot of misery. I also learned a great deal. This article is my attempt to distil those lessons for those among you who are pursuing or have been curious about the the freelance lifestyle. So, to start….
Adjust Your Expectations of the Work
Without experience in the field, it’s natural to find yourself behind the curve.
When looking at the freelance field, writers tend to sugar-coat the truth: You know that some writers have to take low-paying gigs when they start out, but surely you are above the cut!
Alas, not only are you average, you’re below average. Without experience in the field, it’s natural to find yourself behind the curve. That won’t last forever, but the success rate of your pitches and the types of opportunities available to you will be limited.
There’s plenty of work for those willing to be word monkeys, but that work will often pay you about a penny per word. Read more here.
Quill Shift Literary Agency understands that, in this climate, there is a greater need than ever to cultivate savvy writers, to provide them with resources to grow and flourish, and to connect them with readers who will most appreciate their works. For authors coming from different cultures or whose stories showcase characters of color, connecting with readers is that much more important because now more than ever authors are expected to market and publicize their books.
Quill Shift Literary Agency believes that the shift of responsibility should be taken on by the author’s advocate, not fully by the author. The best way to work more publicity and marketing in the value chain is to move it to the beginning. To accomplish this, Quill Shift actively promotes its authors through social media and its website by providing opportunities for readers to get a sneak peek, interact with, and appreciate Quill Shift authors’ works before they are sent to editors at publishing houses. This pre-publication platform on the website is all about connecting the end-consumer (librarians, booksellers, teachers, parents, and the discerning teen who is tired of the mainstream) to captivating stories that reflect the lives of kids and teens today. The interaction and support of stories that connect us will show publishing houses that there is a readership for the diverse works written by authors represented by Quill Shift Literary Agency.
Ayanna founded Quill Shift Literary Agency in 2013 to pursue her interest in representing unique and thoughtful books for middle grade and young adult readers that embrace and celebrate the individual and their story yet, at the same time, highlight human nature and the entry points that suggest that every story can bring you closer to another person. She has worked in the publishing industry in a number of capacities: in the digital department of a publishing house, within a literary agency, as a book reviewer, and most recently as a children’s librarian. She earned her bachelors degree at the University of Illinois with a major in Marketing and a minor in English and immediately went on to pursue and receive her masters degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois with a concentration in Youth Services.As an agent, Ayanna is looking for middle grade and Young fiction containing plucky, so-real-you-can-feel-them-standing-next-to-you characters, especially those representing our multicultural society. Ideally, characters in the books she represents are dealing with the complex and simple everyday problems of “normal” adolescent life–-normal being loosely defined by whatever world or dimension the characters find themselves in. Self-discovery and shifting world views are welcome, as are all manner of genre fiction (romance, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy).
I am a writer who has a lot of fears. It’s a good thing I can ghostwrite and avoid the bone picking that I fear the most. No one wants to be the victim of readers not liking what they had to say. But, on the other hand, noting ventured nothing gained. So, here is a post from Sylvia Ney at Write Me A World who has summoned up 7 fears and how to ignore them.
Fear terror eye (Photo credit: @Doug88888)
Writers often express common fears when talking with agents, editors, and other authors. The advice I offer below is based in part on my own experience and in part on interviews I have completed with agents and editors. Read more here.
The web has a plethra of sites to find information. The purpose of this blog is to help you narrow down the choices. I came across a site that has 20+ resources for writers I’ve never heard of. I will be utilizing most of them for my own projects. Take a look at Lifehack. You may be there for a while so make sure you have snacks and a beverage just in case.