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Self-Publishing or Traditional: Which One is Right for You?

@KatieMcCoach FOR THOSE THAT are planning to self-publish a book, you may have heard by now that self-publishing is a business. It’s your business, and treating your business with professionalism and enlisting in the required help will help your business (books) succeed. For those seeking agent representation, this idea also holds true, however a publisher is […]

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Method to the (Pitch) Madness

METHOD TO THE (PITCH) MADNESS Guest post by Megan LaCroix on the inside scoop of the #PitchMadness contest. Pitch Madness was my first ever Twitter pitch contest and I entered not knowing what to expect. I’m still new to querying (heck—I’m still new to Twitter!), but I was curious to see how my work would stack […]

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You Are Not Alone – The Struggles of Being a Freelance Writer

You Are Not Alone – The Struggles of Being a Freelance Writer Guest post by Scott Mullins Whenever I mention to people that I’m a writer, and after I shatter their ideas that I sit around in my underwear with a glass of scotch, chain-smoking and writing about mythical worlds, they expect that as I […]

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What Should You Write About?

@KatieMcCoach Writing is ______. We can fill that blank with anything. There’s endless advice out there about what writing is, or should be. What to write about. Why to write. How to write it. It all comes down to what YOU want, or in many cases need to write about. What is writing to YOU? […]

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Binge-worthy book series: The Selection by Kiera Cass

I recently tweeted this: I binge book series like I binge TV.   I struggle to find my way back to reality until I’ve completed the series. Well, that tweet was because of a book series in particular. The Selection by Kiera Cass. In the case of this review, I’m going to give a review […]

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Why You Should Work with an Editor Before Pitching an Agent

Sending your manuscript out to agents and editors for possible representation and publication is exciting, but mostly terrifying. You hope that your query will make a good enough impression and that an agent will be intrigued and request the full manuscript! How do you guarantee yourself the best chance of hooking — and then landing […]

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