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Tips on How to Land That 5- or 6-Figure Book Deal

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Today’s guest post is by author and writing mentor Lisa Tener:

Over ten years ago, I attended a writers’ conference where, while waiting in line to pitch to agents, I stood with several writers who lamented that it was “impossible to land an agent” and that the cards were stacked against new authors who wanted to get a book deal. I knew they were wrong because I’d landed a book deal—with far less expertise in writing or in the subject of my book than they had in theirs. They just hadn’t bothered to learn “The Rules,”  or practiced them and believed they’d work.

In that decade, both everything and nothing have changed. Continue Reading…

Writers—Take a Hike . . . If You Know What’s Good for You

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We’re continuing looking at healthy lifestyle for writers this month, so we can all start the New Year with vigor and focus. Today’s guest post is by author Ian Martyn:

I’m a hiker. When I venture out my door, I like to take photographs, which I often use to illustrate my blog posts. Now, I’m not fanatical, always out there, striding across the hills, but I do enjoy it when I can. This usually means a trip or two away for a few days, such as in the Lake District, as well as the odd day in the Surrey Hills.

I walk mainly for the simple pleasure of placing one foot in front of the other and the views that swing in to view round every corner. But I do believe there are reasons walking is especially good for writers: Continue Reading…

Taking Care of the Inner and Outer Writer

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We’re continuing looking at healthy lifestyle for writers this month, so we can all start the New Year with vigor and focus. Today’s guest post is from author Harriet Hodgson:

Writing is hard work. Unfortunately, you may get so involved in a project that you keep at it longer than you should. Before you know it, hours have passed. Continuous keyboarding can lead to Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI), including tired eyes, headache, back pain, neck pain, sore hands, aching fingers, and even Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Staying healthy and in shape is a challenge for today’s writer—who is often parked behind a computer screen day after day. But these self-care tips will help keep writers healthy and productive.

Monitor snacks. When I was young and thin, I told myself that broken cookies didn’t contain any calories. I was delusional. Snack foods can be high-calorie and “empty calorie” foods with no nutritional value. It’s wise to keep healthy snacks on hand, things like baby carrots, grapes, and apples. Continue Reading…

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