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An Author’s Advice to Literary Agents

Today’s guest post is by writer Cara Sue Achterberg.

I sometimes feel as though I have read hundreds, no thousands, of articles written by literary agents filled with advice for wannabe writers. I’ve even trekked thousands of miles to hear them tell me that same information in person. When I can’t make it in person I listen to podcasts while simultaneously playing Solitaire. I’ve logged so many hours I can now play Spider Solitaire with two decks—and win!

At this point, I think I know all there is to know about how to artistically grovel to agents. But I’m wondering if agents know all there is to know about how to treat wannabe writers? Sure, I realize they hold all the cards in this potential relationship, but I think they could stand to read at least one article about the proper care and feeding of those of us vying for their attention. Continue Reading…

Redefining Success in Order to Stay Sane

Have you ever asked: “What on earth possessed me to want to be a novelist?” Are you starting to realize this journey of being an author is not a short sprint but a marathon—and often a grueling one at that?

When you hear of the numbers of novels submitted to agents and publishers each year (in the six figures), you sometimes think winning the lottery offers better odds than getting traditionally published. But then . . . you finally break through and get a contract, and months later are holding your brand-new brilliant release in your hand, feeling like you’ve finally arrived.

Not Even Fifteen Minutes of Fame . . .

Yet . . . if you’re like me, the flashbulb moment of that exhilaration lasts a very short time, only to turn into something akin to another stark, depressing realization—that the odds your book will become a huge hit or best seller is . . . well, about the same odds as winning the lottery, and you’re back to the same place (or almost the same place emotionally) as you were when you first starting sending out your first queries to agents. Continue Reading…

Quit Your Day Job—Become a Freelance Writer

Today’s guest post is from author Eve Pearce, giving us some helpful ideas on how to earn income as writers while waiting for those novels to sell!

For many fiction writers, it takes a long time (sometimes never) before enough income rolls in to be able to write full-time. Many writers dream of being able to quit the day job and make a more-than-decent living as a novelist. But what to do in the meantime?

You have another option besides sitting and waiting for your ship to come in. You could put your talent and creativity to good use by jumping into freelance writing. Whatever your preferred writing style, chances are that writing copy to order isn’t exactly your dream job. Nevertheless, writing fiction or poetry alone rarely generates enough money to pay the bills—at least not immediately.

In the meantime, then, it’s worth considering alternative ways to use your skills to supplement your income. Breaking into the world of copywriting can seem a huge and daunting endeavor, but it’s not impossible and can be very rewarding. Continue Reading…

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