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Thu, 16 Jun 2022 22:53:48 +0000


How to Become A Writer: 9 Great Options
Posted on Thursday June 16, 2022


Category : Blogging

Author : Jackie Pearce

Interested in learning how to become a writer? When most people think about professional writers, they imagine someone in a cabin in the woods, typing away on an old-school typewriter. You might be surprised at all the different options available for professional writing. It’s not just books! Not only are there a wide variety of […]


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Interested in learning how to become a writer?

When most people think about professional writers, they imagine someone in a cabin in the woods, typing away on an old-school typewriter.

You might be surprised at all the different options available for professional writing. It’s not just books!

Not only are there a wide variety of career options, there are a wide variety of styles as well. You could be more creative, more professional, get to travel, work in your pajamas, or anything else you want to do.

The possibilities for becoming a writer are truly endless.

This article will dive into a ton of options for people who want to become writers and will go over some of the ways you can get started with each.

How to Become A Writer – The Options

Keep in mind, even with all of these options there are different niches and paths you can take where different types of writing will overlap.

For example, you could be a freelance technical blogger instead of just a general freelance writer. Finding ways to mix and match can also help you stand out as a writer as well.

Let’s dive into each of the types of writing, how to know if they might be a good fit, and how to get your foot in the door so you can learn how to become a writer.

Freelance writing

With freelance writing, you’re pretty much able to get your foot in the door of any industry or type of writing you choose.

You could choose to start freelancing until you find a company or niche that lights you up and then choose to become an employee again. You could also just choose to ride out the freelancing journey.

What makes freelance writing different, though, is that you’re caption of your own ship and need to treat your work like a business.

That means, you’ll need to find clients, learn how to keep track of your own finances, and stay on top of your deadlines.

For the most part, you can be a freelance writer in almost any of the type of writing we will list down below. That’s exciting, but you’ll also need to narrow down the options you want to try so you know what you want to pursue first.

If you want to get into freelance writing, you’ll need to be self-disciplined and feel excited about the thought of pitching clients and networking. You might also consider finding a niche or specialty so you can stand out from other freelance writers.

Blogging

With choosing to be a blogger, you have two main choices: you can run your own blog or write blogs for other companies.

Of course, you also have the option to do both, but you will want to keep both options in mind as you think about getting into blogging work.

Keep in mind, they both have their challenges but if you choose to run your own blog, you’re going to have to learn a lot more skills than you would just as someone who writes for blogs. You’ll need to learn SEO, you’ll have to buy a domain and hosting, and you’ll need to learn general marketing skills to get your website off the ground.

On the flip side, writing for blogs means you’ll need to be able to find clients and you’ll have to have some kind of initial portfolio to show off.

If you want to get into blogging, you’ll need to learn about SEO, how to style blogs to interest and attract readers, and figure out which industries or niches you want to write for so you can start pitching.

Nonfiction writing

Nonfiction writing includes a wide variety of writing industries from journalism to nonfiction books. You could write biographies, historical books, instructional-type writing, humor, life stories, philosophy, and more.

Essentially, nonfiction writing includes all writing that doesn’t have a fictional narrative. It’s based on real events and real people.

As you can imagine, this covers a lot of different industries and types of writing out there.

If you want to get into nonfiction writing, you’ll have to love the art of research and putting true stories together in a way that is interesting or helpful to other people.

Fiction writing

Fiction writing is narrative writing that often includes a story. you want to get into fiction writing, you will need a creative mind and a story to tell.

If you are that person who dreams about writing a story that inspires others or lights up someone’s imagination, this is where you’ll focus.

You’ll have to write out your story and start putting it together piece by piece. Once you do that, you’ll need to either start finding a publishing company or choose to self-publish.

Children’s books

Writing children’s books might be a great fit for you if you have a creative mind and you love to tell children’s stories.

Similarly to getting into fiction writing, you’ll need to come up with unique stories, but it needs to be ones that children love to read. You will also need to either have some kind of artistic skills or pair up with someone who can draw your story to make it come to life.

Almost all children’s books have art or pictures inside of them, so that’s an essential piece you’ll need to include.

Technical writing

For anyone who loves to deep-dive into software, products, or services, technical writing might be a good choice.

You will need to break down complex topics, such as how to install software on a computer, into understandable, easy steps that the average person could follow.

To break into this type of writing, you’ll need to study technical manuals and possibly pick an industry or type of technical writing you want to cover.

Creative writing

If you’re a creative person who doesn’t want to write technical jargon, diving into the creative writing world might be a perfect fit for you.

You could do anything from poetry to short stories to even creative advertisements.

There’s so many ways you can use creativity and a joy of storytelling in almost any kind of writing. You just need to know if you’d rather be a creative writer or a more professional writer, since that will help you narrow down what kind of opportunities to pursue.

Proposal and grant writing

Proposal and grant writing is rewarding because you are often helping nonprofits raise money through grants.

If you want to get into grant writing, one of the best ways to get your foot in the door is to start to network with nonprofits you feel passionate about so you can get on their radar.

You will also need to learn how to format proposals and grants correctly, as it is a strict industry where even the slightest error can disqualify a nonprofit. You’ll need a sharp eye to catch any errors along the way.

Business writing and copywriting

If you have an interest in business, marketing, and psychology, you might succeed in the world of business writing.

Business writing is a bigger umbrella for all kinds of writing that a business could need.

Copywriting is also under this umbrella, as it’s persuasive writing with the goal of getting readers to take action. Both of these types of writing will require you to understand marketing and buyer’s psychology.

If you want to get into this type of writing, you will need to study marketing and sales. Along with that, you’ll need to start networking with companies to get your foot in the door to write for them.

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Conclusion

There are so many ways you can get started as a freelance writer. More than ever before, you have options. Now the hard question is: What will you choose?

Don’t be afraid to try a few or all of them out to find a good fit!

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Fri, 27 May 2022 18:38:48 +0000


How to Be a Successful Blogger: Follow These 2 Major Tips
Posted on Friday May 27, 2022


Category : Blogging

Author : Chuck Sambuchino

Want more blog traffic? Follow these two simple tips and learn how to be a successful blogger! [Examples and Free Training Included]


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You created a blog — now what?

I teach a lot about the importance of social media and platform and networking.

I talk about values of self-marketing and using tools such as a blog to meet people and make connections.

But then sometimes, a conference attendee will raise their hand and stop me, saying, “That’s all well and good, but how do we get people to actually read our blog?”

The question is so basic that it can be glossed over when I’m teaching, so I want to address it here in this post — and share a few social media tips that will assist you moving forward.

Although my specialty is publishing and I typically teach writers and novelists, these tips will help you learn how to be a successful blogger. All you need is an active Twitter account and a little creativity.

Before we begin, if you don’t have a blog already, you can easily check to see if your preferred domain is available:

1. Offer a clear incentive to click

So you just hit “publish” on a recent blog post and want to spread the word. A simple thing you can do to promote your post is use your own social media channels — namely Twitter, and also possibly Facebook.

If your own social media channels are still small or new, then you won’t be spreading the word to too many people, but that’s OK. Your network will grow over time, and your Twitter and Facebook mentions of your own posts will gather more shares over time.

The goal is to mention to your network that you just created a blog post. They’ll then click through to absorb the material, and maybe even leave a comment or interact.

If you create a great post that can help people, feel free to share it multiple times — once a week for several weeks, for example. Especially on Twitter, where people tweet a lot, there is no rule or law that says you can’t share good information multiple times.

Incentives and clarity: that’s what it’s all about. Give people clear incentives to read your blog posts.

This means 1) Realize that people will not do anything unless they understand what’s in it for them, so give them an incentive to click through; and 2) Make it perfectly clear what waits for them on the other side of that hyperlink, so they don’t pass up a click-through simply because they’re puzzled about what you’ve posted.

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Examples

Let’s examine examples from my own life.

Recently, I spent a lot of time researching literary agents who were actively seeking children’s books and novels with diverse characters. Compiling the post took me days of work and a lot of emails. It was a special post that I wanted to share. 

Let’s examine three different ways I could share it through my own social media networks:

Examine tweet possibility 1:

1

In my opinion, status updates like “Check out my latest blog post” or “New blog post is up” are the worst. They’re lazy, and don’t offer a new connection any reason to click. They’re lazy, and show someone who wants to exert no effort in gaining new followers.

Grade: F

 

Let’s try again with tweet possibility 2:

2

At least with this second tweet, you understand a little about what the blog post covers. But still, the tweet is scant and doesn’t provide absolute clarity on what lies on the other side of the click.

And did you notice the grammatical mistake? Those extra words are a sign I was rushing through the composition of the tweet, and not sculpting it carefully. Poor proofreading reeks of unprofessionalism, and will turn off prospective followers.

Grade: C

 

Let’s try again with tweet possibility 3:

3

The tweet is optimized from top to bottom to gain the most shares and attention. Look at what it does well:

  • It provides absolute clarity by explaining exactly what the blog article is about.
  • It includes simple tricks to add sexiness, like a numbered list in the title and a capitalized “NOW” to show the post is important and timely.
  • I added Twitter handles for users who may enjoy spreading this information. You can also use hashtags to loop in new groups of people.
  • I added images. People love images with blog posts and social media status updates. Images bring a post to life.

Seventy-seven retweets for this tweet is great, especially considering I had already mentioned this post several times before on social media

Grade: A

 

More Examples

Let’s look at another example. Notice the evolution in incentivizing, and how each version is superior to the last.  

Tweet possibility 1:

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Tweet possibility 2:

5

Tweet possibility 3:

6

The third tweet works so well because it doesn’t just reach out to writers. It specifically reaches out to the types of writers this agent wants to meet.

The specifics here help the tweet, and if you happen to be a writer who is composing one of the types of book I mentioned, then this post is like a lightning bolt that says, “Click me, I have value, click me, I have value.”

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Advanced strategy: Form a Twitter power crew

When you mention your blog posts on social media, what you really seek is reach and amplification through sharing.

If 2,000 people share your post and it goes viral, it reaches many readers and thus its amplification is great. Meanwhile, if you only have 50 followers on Twitter, and you tweet out news of your post, it may not get very far.

So why not work with others? Find other people and groups and form a Twitter power crew. You can all tweet each others’ posts and everyone’s amplification rises together.

You scratch the backs of others, and they return the favor.

2. Create valuable posts that will naturally get shared

Promoting your own work isn’t enough — you need others to share it, too. When a blog post gets shared on social media, you get more people to read the post, and turn some of those new readers into consistent followers who get to know you and your brand.

Ideally, your columns will spread organically from people you don’t know sharing your post. The best way to do this is to create a post that has value.

Most blogs never achieve success because the blogs provide no true value. A good blog post can make your life easier, inform you, entertain you, make you laugh, show you things or places you want to see, or cull information into a single source.

Creating a valuable blog is difficult. It takes a plan, time, and hard work. But if you spend the time to create something unique and valuable, then people will share it. Make posts for others, not for you. The example I use commonly is this:

If I took my three-year-old daughter to the park, would you care? In other words, would you read a blog post about how I took her to the park? No.

But what if I spent a month taking my daughter to some small, out-of-the-way parks, then composed a blog post called “The 5 Best Family-Friendly Parks in Cincinnati You Didn’t Know Exist (and Where to Park the Car).”

If you live by me and have kids you would take note of it — and it’s because all of a sudden the post has value for you, not me. The post took me time and energy to create, but it pays off when parents share the post with their friends.

It’s very simple. If you create something that’s just plain good, people will share it.

What tips would you add for connecting with potential blog readers through social media? How have you become a successful blogger?

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Wed, 25 May 2022 15:30:06 +0000


12 Best Cities for Writers in the U.S.
Posted on Wednesday May 25, 2022


Category : Mindset

Author : The Write Life Team

These days, as long as you have a steady internet connection, most writers could write anywhere. However, some cities seem to brim with inspiration at every turn, while some cities seem to fall flat. We looked into what writers look for in a city and compiled a list of the 12 Best Cities for Writers.  […]


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These days, as long as you have a steady internet connection, most writers could write anywhere. However, some cities seem to brim with inspiration at every turn, while some cities seem to fall flat. We looked into what writers look for in a city and compiled a list of the 12 Best Cities for Writers. 

Even if you aren’t looking to pack up and move to a new city tomorrow, one of these cities might be a good option if you are looking for a place to take a writer’s retreat.

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe, New Mexico is known for its vibrant creative scene and eclectic art culture. If you are looking to be creative and surround yourself with creative people, you are sure to find that here. The city literally brims with music, from street performers to the Santa Fe Opera.

Apart from the culture and mix of people that make up Santa Fe, the city is a great place for writers to be inspired by the distinct natural beauty of the American Southwest. 

If you are looking to make a move, Santa Fe has one of the more reasonable rent prices, averaging $1,500 for a one-bedroom apartment.

Chapel Hill, NC

Chapel Hill, North Carolina is a beautiful town on the east coast, perfect if you are looking for a beautiful place to explore. While Chapel Hill experiences all 4 seasons, they are mild compared to some areas of the country.

With 8 colleges in the area, Chapel Hill has plenty of affordable housing options for those looking to rent. And with colleges come book stores – Chapel Hill averages 43 book stores per 100K residents. One of our favorite independent bookstores is located in Chapel Hill, Flyleaf Books.

Vancouver, WA

Not to be confused with Vancouver, BC in Canada – Vancouver, WA is just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. The natural beauty of Vancouver, a city surrounded by Mount St. Helens, the Cascade Mountains, and Mount Hood, is a great backdrop for aspiring writers. 

If you are a writer that appreciates good coffee and thrives on finding new coffee shops and other inspirational places to write, Vancouver is the place for you. With its close proximity to Portland and all of its coffee shops, Vancouver has 54 coffee shops per 100k residents. One of our favorite local coffee shops to sit down and write at is Relevant Coffee.

While Vancouver is close to Portland, it has more living space and is considered a more affordable city to live in – which we also love! 

Pensacola, FL

Sun, sand and writing – sounds like a winning combination, right? Pensacola is a beautiful town on the Gulf of Mexico with access to miles of beautiful beaches, perfect for the writer that wants to walk the beach looking for inspiration.

Pensacola also has a great parks system, a lower median house price than the national average, and residents of Florida do not pay income tax – which may be an incentive to writers looking to lower their living costs.

Portland, Maine

Writing in a coffee shop along the northeast coast while the waves crash up against the rocks outside your window sounds like a scene out of a movie. The beauty of both the coast and the town just can’t be beat. 

If you are looking to be inspired by a quaint town with breathtaking coastal views at every turn, Portland, Maine is the perfect destination for you.

Plus as an added bonus, if you are a recent college graduate from any school in the United States, you may have a financial incentive to live in Maine. The Educational Tax Credit applies to graduates from 2015 to the present.

New York City, NY

Writers, artists, musicians and other creatives looking to find inspiration and make it big have flocked to New York City for decades. 

The city buzzes with energy – from its people that gather there from all over the world, to the vibrant art and culture scene, to the historic buildings that make up the city. 

There is a huge community of writers living and working in New York City, so spend some time looking through the options before you get connected. Catapult, the Gotham Writers, and the Writers Studio all offer writing help and community.  

While New York City is definitely not known for being an affordable place to live (an important quality many writers need when they are first starting out), it is still a favorite among writers. Several of the big publishing houses are located in New York City, which might be helpful if you are a writer that has hopes of publishing a book.

Palm Springs, CA

For the writer that is trying to get away to a sun-drenched town and evoke the cool vibes of the past, Palm Springs, CA is the place to go. Palm Springs first became popular when the mid-century modern style was all the rage, back in the 50s and 60s. 

If you can find time to write when you aren’t lounging by one of the many pools, Palm Springs could be the perfect setting for you. Get connected with other writers in Palm Springs by looking into the Palm Springs Writers Guild!

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL is a big city with a vibrant writers’ community. With multiple writers’ communities such as the Chicago Writer Circle and the Writer’s Studio there are many opportunities to write and learn with others that share the same passions as you.

Chicago also rates high on the walkability scale, making it an easy place to live and get around. Located on Lake Michigan, Chicago boasts water views that rival the ocean views of the coasts.

Boulder, Colorado 

With its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a great place for writers that thrive being outdoors year-round. Colorado’s moderate climate is attractive for writers that incorporate hiking and writing into their daily routine.

Boulder has great local coffee shops to work in and plenty of opportunities to connect with other local writers. We suggest checking out the Boulder Writing Studio for their workshops and community events.

Juneau, AK

Don’t let the cold scare you away, Juneau, Alaska is a beautiful place to live and write. And the good news about the long winter Alaska is historically known for? You will have plenty of time to cozy up by a fire and write.

What distinguishes Juneau from the rest of Alaska is the city amenities and milder climate compared to the rest of the state. 

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Kansas City, MO

Kansas City is a growing city in the midwest. With a small-town feel, but plenty of city amenities, Kansas City is a pleasant and affordable place to live if you want plenty of space to spread out and write.

There are many opportunities to get involved with other writers currently living in Kansas City! Check out The Writers Place to get help working on your next manuscript.

Philadelphia, PA

With its lower cost of living and big city amenities, Philadelphia is a great place for writers to live and work. Traces of US history are around every corner, which is perfect if you are not only a writer but a history lover as well. Or both? Historical fiction writer?

Philadelphia has a thriving community of writers if you are willing to get involved. Look into the Philadelphia Writers Workshop as a place to start getting connected! 

Where is Your Favorite City to Write?

We love these cities for what makes them special – either their history, their beautiful backdrops, or even their coffee shops.

What makes your city a great place to write? Tell us in the comments!

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Fri, 20 May 2022 03:40:06 +0000


What is A Writing Sample? 7 Simple Steps to Create Yours
Posted on Thursday May 19, 2022


Category : Freelancing

Author : Jackie Pearce

There are a lot of reasons a writer will need to create a writing sample. You might be applying for a job, trying to land a freelance client, or simply creating a portfolio to showcase your skills. A good writing sample can help you stand out in a crowded marketplace and give you a real […]


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There are a lot of reasons a writer will need to create a writing sample. You might be applying for a job, trying to land a freelance client, or simply creating a portfolio to showcase your skills.

A good writing sample can help you stand out in a crowded marketplace and give you a real shot. It’s not something you want to treat lightly and you’ll want to make sure you put your best foot forward every time you put one together.

No matter what kind of writing you choose to do with your career, you’ll always need to be able to showcase your work and show your talent.

We’ll go over what writing samples are, why you might need to craft one, and the best ways to go about writing one.

What is a writing sample?

For the most part, you will see requests for writing samples for jobs where you will be writing often such as blog writing, journalism, internships, public relations, or research positions. It gives employers a good idea of your writing skills and overall tone.

Writing samples can be anywhere from a few sentences to a few pages, depending on what is required. Sometimes writing samples are paid but often they’re not.

While they can be time-consuming, a successful writing sample can make you stand out from other applicants.

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    Why do you need a writing sample?

    You’ll often see writing samples with specific writing requirements, formatting, and topics for job applications. You will see them in both traditional jobs and also for freelance writing jobs.

    Sometimes, you’ll need to craft a writing sample from scratch with set guidelines or you might be able to send in previous things you’ve written.

    Writing samples can sometimes also be interchangeable with your writing portfolio as well. Not every job application will require a unique writing sample, sometimes they just simply want to see your past work.

    In that case, you’ll want to pick the most relevant samples from your portfolio to represent your writing.

    Once they see your writing style, they will be able to see if you’re a good fit for the position.

    However, they may choose to have you create a new writing sample from scratch, and let’s go over what you need to keep in mind before writing one.

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    What others are looking for in your writing sample

    No matter what you’re using a writing sample for, you must make sure it is as error-free as possible.

    The top thing that will disqualify you as an applicant is having a writing sample with a ton of grammatical errors, typos, or ignoring the guidelines they gave you.

    Potential employers or clients want to see that you know what you’re doing and leaving in errors shows that you don’t pay attention to the small details. With any submission you make, you need to take the time to go through it and check all of your sentences to make sure there aren’t any issues.

    Not only do you need to make sure there aren’t errors in your writing, but you also need to make sure that you’re following every single instruction in the guidelines.

    Your writing sample will also show your overall writing style and if you can match the tone or voice they need.

    Clients or employers will often give you some information about their target audience, but if not, you can search their website or social media for a general idea on the tone they want from their publication.

    How to craft a writing sample

    If you’re putting together a unique writing sample for a specific job, or you’re putting together some general samples for your portfolio, this will guide you through the steps from start to finish.

    #1 – Know your guidelines

    If there are specific requirements for the sample, such as word count or formatting options, you’ll need to follow them exactly.

    However, if you’re just creating some general writing samples, you’ll want to make your own guidelines. Some examples could be a specific type of writing, such as blog writing, and in a certain industry. 

    Rarely will employers or anyone else want to see random writing samples from your personal journals, unless you’re trying to sell something such as a memoir. Keep your samples focused and relevant.

    #2 – Have a clear idea for success

    Once you know your guidelines, you need to know what the ultimate goal of your writing sample is. It might be to showcase your writing style, depth of research, or convince someone to pick you.

    For example, if you’re simply creating writing pieces for your portfolio, you should know what industry and type of writing you want to do. That way, you know that your pieces need to reflect those skills to the best of your current ability.

    If you’re creating a writing sample for a potential new position, you also need to know what success looks like in your sample. What would make you feel confident that you’re giving them everything they’re looking for?

    If you don’t know what success looks like with your writing samples, you can always look through content that the company already published. That will give you an idea of what they look for and approve of on their team.

    #3 – Know your intended audience

    When it comes to writing your writing sample, you’ll want to keep your audience in mind while you craft your submission.

    Knowing who you are writing to, whether it’s for blog posts or B2B marketing, you need to make sure you’re using language that is targeted toward that audience. The last thing you want to do is write to the wrong audience with your writing sample and disqualify yourself as a writer.

    You want to always make sure you’re using the same language as your intended audience. If they use technical language, you’ll want to include some. If it’s on the simple side, you’ll want to make sure your writing isn’t too complex.

    #4 – Look at other samples online

    If you get stuck during your writing process, it might help to do more research and see what other people are creating in the industry you’re writing about.

    This can help you understand what you need to publish and can help guide your tone or choice of words. You will be able to tell if your writing blends in with other work in this industry or not.

    #5 – Edit your work

    As mentioned above, you’ll want to make sure your writing sample doesn’t have any errors. You will want to check it for grammar issues, typos, or any parts that don’t flow well.

    We recommend ProWritingAid and Grammarly.

    If you submit a piece with tons of spelling errors, there is a good chance your application will be immediately discarded. Making sure your sample doesn’t have any errors is far more important than making it have the perfect tone.

    Tone and voice are things that can be refined with time, but basic grammar errors are often something they won’t take the time to teach you. They expect you to know those rules already.

    Editing your writing sample also means going through the guidelines one more time to make sure you didn’t miss any required parts.

    #6 – Stand out from the other applications

    One thing you might consider doing with your sample is to include a few sentences explaining why you wrote your sample the way you did.

    Instead of just a simple sample, you’re giving them a deeper understanding of how you approach writing. You can explain what you did for research and why you used the words you did.

    #7 – Submit your writing sample

    You will need to know the exact type of format you need to submit your writing sample. Some places are fine with newer options such as Google Docs, but more traditional places may want Microsoft Word or even printed versions of your writing samples.

    What to do next

    Download the Pitch Checklist and start submitting your writing samples.

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      Tue, 10 May 2022 09:00:00 +0000


      Should I Write a Book? 7 Reasons Why Every Freelancer Should Consider It
      Posted on Tuesday May 10, 2022


      Category : Freelancing

      Author : The Write Life Team

      Have you been a freelancer or hobbyist for a couple years and you are starting to wonder what’s next? How do you grow your business, continue to set yourself apart, and stay excited about writing when you may not always be writing about topics that are personally exciting for you? You could start your own […]


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      Have you been a freelancer or hobbyist for a couple years and you are starting to wonder what’s next? How do you grow your business, continue to set yourself apart, and stay excited about writing when you may not always be writing about topics that are personally exciting for you?

      • You could start your own blog or get back to your blog you started already. Be more consistent with your posting schedule.
      • You could look at your social media presence and attempt to be more visible and active.
      • Or, maybe you’ve been wondering, “Should I write a book?”

      7 Reasons You Should Consider Writing a Book

      Now before you laugh, say you don’t have time, or say something about having no good ideas (or too many ideas!), stop for a moment and consider what writing a book could mean to you and your brand – both now and in the future. Writing a book could open you up to more business in the future, could open doors for new streams of revenue, and could be the creative outlet you need to be better at everything else. We compiled a list of a few reasons that might entice you to give book-writing a try.

      Writing a book will stretch you as a writer and improve your skills

      Writing a book will help you become a better writer. The time you spend writing your book will also stretch your language and writing skills as you write more than you’ve probably written in the past.

      Because writing a book requires you to be more organized than you have been with smaller projects, it will also just require more from you in general to get it done. You will need to outline effectively, organize your chapter concepts and storyline, and you will need to write cohesively and consistently throughout the book.

      Managing a project of this size also forces you to take hold of your time so you can plan ahead and meet your deadlines, both internal ones you set for yourself and any external deadlines you have with publishers or editors. When you have finished, you can look back and clearly see all you have accomplished and grown from the process.

      Give yourself a creative outlet 

      If you are like many full-time freelance writers, it can be a struggle to find time for a creative outlet of your own. You are focussed on using your writing for making money and not necessarily for getting your own ideas out or letting your own voice be heard. But if you devote a little time each day to getting out of your business space and instead let your mind imagine, design, and then craft a book, you are exercising a creative piece of you that needs to be exercised. Our minds benefit from switching things up, and a book is the perfect outlet.

      You can carve out time for yourself creatively and then continue to work on the freelancing work that might become easier when you know you have a creative outlet to get back to.

      Write about a topic you love

      Speaking of creativity, not only does writing your own book give you a chance to use your own voice, but it also gives you the chance to write about a topic you love. Choose something you are already passionate about and write a book about it. 

      This passion you write about might be a hobby of yours you can turn into a book to inspire others to pursue. It could be stories that you reflect on from your past that you turn into a memoir. Or you could take a look at a fiction genre you are obsessed with and then consider crafting a story in that genre yourself.

      Don’t limit yourself to what you think people will want to read, but instead choose a topic for your first book that you can be excited to tell a story about and that you know you can complete.

      Make a little passive income when it’s all done

      While most first time book authors don’t make millions from their first book, you can start to create some passive income once you have a finished book to sell. It doesn’t take a major book deal to distribute and make money from a book. Instead it takes a few good tools, the right avenues to sell your book, and a few fans that love you and love your book.

      Selfpublishing.com is a great tool with tons of resources to help you with every step of the book-writing process, from the writing and brainstorming itself to the publishing of your finished product. You don’t need to be a household name already to write and publish a successful book.

      Build credibility for your writing brand 

      The next time you are talking to a prospective client for freelancing work, not only will you have current blog posts and writing samples to send over, but you will also have a completed book to show them. This puts you in another league over the average freelancer. You can market yourself beyond what you were doing before and show the amount of effort, hard work and dedication you bring to a project. Don’t be afraid to go after projects that require a more senior writer than you considered yourself pre-book, since you will have pushed yourself in a more advanced writing position than you were in before. 

      Prove you can ghost-write

      This may go without saying, but having a book to show a prospective ghost-writing client can only help you win the contract. You will have a better idea of the time required for a project of that size, the amount you should charge, and the scope that you can expect and be ready for. You will be more prepared for the editing process and the organization and design of the book. Doing it all for yourself is great practice for landing those types of contracts and will give you better clarity about which types of projects are right for you.

      Cross off an item on your bucket list

      Outside of all the practical pieces that might come with writing and publishing a book, keep in mind the big picture of book writing and what it would mean to you and your family once you have completed your first book. 

      Most people do not write a book in their lifetime. 

      It is instead a small group of devoted people that sit down and have the dedication and desire to put the time and effort into writing a book and then turn around and see that book published. It is something to celebrate while you are doing it and something to celebrate once it is complete. Just take a moment and picture yourself telling people about the book you wrote and holding a copy of it in your hands with your name as the author. It is a huge accomplishment and is something that is completely possible if you choose to tackle it.

      So, now that you are considering writing a book, what do you do next?

      First, take this assessment to figure out which book you should write first.

      Second, make a list of your own reasons for writing your book. It might be business-related, it might be more personal, or it might be a bit of both. Keep that list available so you can stay motivated and then dive into it.

      Third, take a look at this article How to Write a Book in 12 Simple Steps to get thinking and planning what you need to do to get started and to succeed with your book. 



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      Wed, 20 Apr 2022 03:35:38 +0000


      Why Is Grammar Important? 3 Reasons to Get It Right
      Posted on Tuesday April 19, 2022


      Category : Grammar, Punctuation, & Usage

      Author : The Write Life Team

      Writing is an essential skill regardless of what type of writer you are. A skilled writer is able to compose messages that are coherent and clear. Good writing, however, is made up of little and big parts. One of the big parts is good grammar. Good grammar makes writing understandable because it follows the fundamental rules of sentence construction, punctuation, and spelling.


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      Writing is an essential skill regardless of what type of writer you are. A skilled writer is able to compose messages that are coherent and clear. Good writing, however, is made up of little and big parts. One of the big parts is good grammar. Good grammar makes writing understandable because it follows the fundamental rules of sentence construction, punctuation, and spelling.

      The use of appropriate grammar in your writing is an indicator of professionalism and competence. Whether you’re responsible for writing social media captions, a thesis paper, or a fictional novel, using proper grammar shows your readers how serious you are about your content. It’s the foundation for writing a compelling and impactful piece, allowing you to gain respect from your readers.

      Good grammar, however, doesn’t come overnight, simply because of how many rules there are. It’s worth running your work through a grammar checker to catch the issues that you might be unaware of. After all, you want to make an impression on your readers based on the content that you’ve written, not because of poor grammar. We’ll mention a little more about our top grammar checker pick later on.

      You may ask, “what damage could a few mistakes do?”—a lot, actually. Let’s look at some reasons why you should make the effort to avoid grammar mistakes.

      3 Reasons Why Grammar Is Important

      Bad Grammar Is Distracting

      No matter what your writing niche is, reader engagement is the end goal. Careless mistakes and jumbled sentence structures get in the way of this.

      If your reader has to constantly pause to reread what you’ve written because of grammar issues, they’ll get bored and may give up entirely. This is particularly important for fiction writers where reader engagement goes a long way. 

      Good grammar improves the readability of your piece and allows for a better reading experience. No matter what you’re writing, the clearer your writing is, the better you can convey your ideas.

      Ensure Clear Communication At All Times

      Grammar is the foundation of effective and clear communication. When your message is clear, you’re able to get your meaning across better.

      Think of start-up owners who are trying their best to raise capital via pitch decks and presentations. Their success is hinged on how well they can persuade their audience that their products are worth investing in. Can you imagine a presentation that’s filled with misused punctuation marks? Venture capitalists won’t stick around to hear about your awesome product if the message around it isn’t clear. They’ll simply move on to the next business. And that goes for all types of writing. If your reader, or listener, has to make extra effort to understand what you’re trying to convey, they’re going to move on.

      Your ideas deserve to be shared without the possibility of misunderstandings.

      Good Grammar Indicates Credibility

      Your readers are more inclined to believe what you’re talking about if your language is cohesive and grammatically sound. Having good grammar is an indication of a certain level of awareness and competence on the part of the writer which in turn has a number of benefits. 

      For fiction writers, a grasp of good grammar will show your audience how committed you are to your craft. Furthermore, bad grammar prevents your readers from being immersed in your story and may even prevent them from fully understanding it. For job-hunters, it shows professionalism when your cover letter and resume are skillfully crafted. And for business owners, good grammar can help to create a positive first impression with potential customers. Your potential business partners will also view poor grammar skills in a negative light. 

      Great writing with good grammar will help present your business as reliable and trustworthy. What we’re really trying to say is that good grammar is everyone’s business because it makes you sound smart.

      Now that we’ve answered, “Why is grammar important?” let’s turn to our next question:

      What Are the Basics of Good Grammar?

      There are a lot of grammar rules in English. We can’t possibly cover them all in one blog post, but we can certainly go over some of the basics.

      Subject–Verb Agreement

      Every sentence must have a subject and a verb and these two must agree in number. A singular subject needs a singular verb and a plural subject needs a plural verb.

      Example:

      • Incorrect: There is some amazing books being published this week.
      • Correct: There are some amazing books being published this week.

      Subject–verb agreement can be as straightforward as the example above or it can be more complex. In cases where you aren’t sure, don’t leave it up to chance. Use a good grammar checker like ProWritingAid to ensure that you get subject–verb agreement right every time.

      2. Correct Verb Tense

      Verbs come in three tenses: past, present, and future. Verb usage is dependent on its form and tense. The basic consistency rule regarding verbs is that they should remain consistent in tense or form throughout a sentence. Conjugating regular verbs is easy. However, the English language also has irregular verbs which don’t follow standard conjugation rules (such as –ed for past tense). This is where it can be a bit confusing, even for native English speakers.

      3. Avoid Run-On Sentences

      A run-on sentence is one that is not properly punctuated and results in two or more independent clauses (also known as complete sentences) being connected improperly. Correct punctuation usage plays a huge part in correct grammar because punctuation marks are used to emphasize pauses in speech. 

      If you have frequent run-on sentences, your writing can be long-winded and exhausting to read. This leads us to commas, the foundation of correct grammatical structure.

      4. Use Commas Correctly

      Commas are one of the most used and misused punctuation marks. In fact, they are one of the most frustrating grammatical concepts, even for native English speakers. However, they are key to preventing run-on sentences.

      Want to know how important commas are? Some companies have paid dearly for incorrect or missing punctuation. Maine Dairy Company had to pay its drivers $10 million because it forgot to include the Oxford comma in its overtime law. The drivers sued and won.

      Here are some places to always include a comma:

      • Before a coordinating conjunction
      • After a dependent clause at the beginning of a sentence
      • Between items in lists
      • When setting off interjections

      This is by no means an exhaustive list; in fact, it barely touches the surface. You can read ProWritingAid’s list of 26 times to use a comma. Even so, remembering them all is no small feat, but their correct usage can make or break your sentences. 

      No one expects you to know all the comma rules. After all, ProWritingAid exists and will highlight where you’ve missed a comma in your writing.

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      We cannot emphasize this enough—no one expects you to know all the grammar rules. If you’re a non-native English speaker then this is significantly harder. We covered the basics but there is so much more: dangling participles, pronoun–antecedent agreement, sentence fragments, etc.

      Even if you’re an English speaker and/or seasoned writer, there are certain grammar rules that will trip up your writing. So how do you learn the grammar rules and make your writing better? Well, you can start with the basics and work your way up. That’s a bit tedious though and there may be a lot of resources to work through. Plus, you’ll need to know what to apply to your particular type of writing—academic, business, fictional, etc.

      That’s where a good grammar checker like ProWritingAid comes in. When you run your writing through ProWritingAid, you’ll get suggestions related to grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Not only that, the Grammar Report will help take your grammar to the next level. It uses AI algorithms to catch errors that other grammar checkers miss.

      Learning grammar rules can be hard, but ProWritingAid makes it easier. Every suggestion is backed by a brief explanation. These are written in simple language, making it easier for you to implement changes. So really, the more you use it, the more your grammar usage will improve.

      Good grammar is everyone’s business. It is instrumental for conveying ideas with clarity, professionalism, and precision. Admittedly, it’s also a bit complex. However, it is worth learning and applying. 

      Similar to how writing is a skill, good grammar is as well. The more you use it and practice it, the better you’ll become.

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      Thu, 14 Apr 2022 10:32:00 +0000


      Where to Submit Short Stories: 30 Magazines and Websites That Want Your Work
      Posted on Thursday April 14, 2022


      Category : Get Published

      Author : Farrah Daniel

      Writing short stories? Here’s where to get them published -- and most of these outlets pay.


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      Trying to find a sense of community comes with the territory of being a writer. Whether you’re looking for the right writing contests or residencies, it’s hard to know where to begin and how to find the right home for your personal work. 

      But here’s the good news: You can finally stop stressing about where and how to submit your short stories — we compiled a list for you. 

      In this guide, you’ll find 30+ magazines and literary journals that publish short fiction (and nonfiction). Our list includes a mix of publications across various genres and styles, ranging from prestigious, highly competitive options to those specifically seeking new and emerging voices.

      Plus, international writers, a lot of these are open to you, too! 

      30 Outlets that Publish Short Stories

      While we’ll give you a brief idea of the flavor of each magazine and site, you’ll definitely want to spend some time reading your target publications before submitting to become familiar with the sort of pieces they prefer. 

      Many of these submissions accept original submissions that are simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Just make sure to withdraw your submitted submissions if you get your story published!

      Ready to get started? Here’s where to submit short stories:

      1. The New Yorker

      Might as well start with a bang, right? Adding publication in The New Yorker to your portfolio puts you in a whole new league, though it won’t be easy. Author David. B. Comfort calculated the odds of acceptance at 0.0000416 percent!

      It accepts both standard short fiction as well as humorous short fiction for the “Shouts & Murmurs” section. No word counts are mentioned, though a quick scan of the column shows most pieces are 600 to 1,000 words.

      Deadline: Open.

      Payment: Huge bragging rights; pay for unsolicited submissions isn’t specified. As of this post’s publication, no rates specifically for short stories.

      2. The Atlantic

      Another highly respected magazine, The Atlantic publishes both big names and emerging writers in fiction and nonfiction. Submission guidelines advise, “A general familiarity with what we have published in the past is the best guide to what we’re looking for.”

      Deadline:  Open. Fiction stories are submitted to fiction@theatlantic.com.

      Payment: Unsolicited submissions are generally unpaid.

      3. The Threepenny Review

      This quarterly arts magazine focuses on literature, arts and society, memoir and essay. Short stories should be no more than 4,000 words, while submissions to the “Table Talk” section (pithy, irreverent and humorous musings on culture, art, politics and life) should be 1,000 words or less.

      Deadline: January to June

      Payment: $400 for short stories; $200 for Table Talk pieces

      4. One Story

      One Story is just what the name says: a literary magazine that publishes one great short story every three to four weeks, and nothing more.

      Its main criteria for a great short story? One “that leaves readers feeling satisfied and [is] strong enough to stand alone.” Stories can be any style or subject but should be between 3,000 and 8,000 words.

      Deadline: January 15 – May 31 | September 3 – November 14

      Payment: $500 plus 25 contributor copies

      5. The Antioch Review

      The Antioch Review is currently on hiatus and not accepting submissions for future issues. Check back in the future.

      The Antioch Review rarely publishes more than three short stories per issue, but its editors are open to new as well as established writers. Authors published here often wind up in Best American anthologies and as the recipients of Pushcart prizes.

      To make the cut, editors say, “It is the story that counts, a story worthy of the serious attention of the intelligent reader, a story that is compelling, written with distinction.” Word count is flexible, but pieces tend to be under 5,000.

      Deadline: Open except for the period of June 1 to August 31, and no electronic submissions.

      Payment: $20 per printed page plus two contributor copies

      6. AGNI

      Thought-provoking is the name of the game if you want to get published in AGNI. Its editors look for pieces that hold a mirror up to the world around us and engage in a larger, ongoing cultural conversation about nature, mankind, the society we live in and more.

      There are no word limits, but shorter is generally better; “The longer a piece is, the better it needs to be to justify taking up so much space in the magazine,” note the submission guidelines.

      Deadline: Open September 1 to May 31

      Payment: $10 per printed page (up to a max of $150) plus a year’s subscription, two contributor’s copies and four gift copies

      7. Barrelhouse

      Published by an independent nonprofit literary organization, Barrelhouse’s biannual print journal and online issue seek to “bridge the gap between serious art and pop culture.” Its editors look for quality writing that’s also edgy and funny — as they say, they “want to be your weird Internet friend.”

      There’s no hard word count, but try to keep your submission under 8,000 words.

      Deadline: Currently open for book reviews only. Check the webpage to see all open categories and sign up for the email list to receive updates on submissions. 

      Payment: $50 to print and online contributors; print contributors also receive two contributor copies.

      8. Cincinnati Review

      The Cincinnati Review publishes work by writers of all genres and at all points of their careers. Its editors want “work that has energy,” that is “rich in language and plot structure” and “that’s not just ecstatic, but that makes its reader feel ecstatic, too.”

      Fiction and nonfiction submissions should be no more than 40 double-spaced pages.

      Deadline: The review accepts submissions during three time periods, September, December, and May. Submit earlier in the month because they will stop accepting submissions when their cap is reached.

      Payment: $25 per page for prose in journal

      9. The First Line

      This cool quarterly is all about jumpstarting that pesky writer’s block. Each issue contains short fiction stories (300-5,000 words) that each begin with the same pre-assigned first line. 

      If you really want to get ambitious, you can also write a four-part story that uses each of that year’s first lines (which is due by the next year’s spring issue deadline). To find each issue’s assigned first line, check out the submission guidelines.

      Deadline: February 1 (spring); May 1 (summer); August 1 (fall); November 1 (winter)

      Payment: $25 to $50 (fiction); $25 (nonfiction) plus a contributor’s copy

      10. The Georgia Review

      Another one high on the prestige list, The Georgia Review features a wide variety of essays, fiction, book reviews, and more across a wide range of topics. You can read specific requirements for each in the submission guidelines, but the common theme among them all is quality, quality, quality.

      Bear in mind submitting requires a $3 processing fee if you’re not a subscriber.

      Deadline: Opens on August 15

      Payment: $50 per printed page; contributors also receive a one-year subscription to the quarterly and a 50% discount on additional copies of that issue

      11. Boulevard Magazine

      Boulevard Magazine is always on the lookout for “less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise.” It accepts prose pieces (fiction and nonfiction) up to 8,000 words (note: no science fiction, erotica, westerns, horror, romance or children’s stories).

      There is an online submission fee of $3. Free if submitting by post.

      Deadline: Open November 1 to May 1

      Payment: $100 to $300

      12. Story

      Story Magazine is, you guessed it, all about the story, whatever shape it takes. Each issue — printed tri-annually in February, June, and November — is “devoted to the complex and diverse world of narrative with a focus on fiction and nonfiction.” Luckily, you don’t have to stick to any formal guidelines in regards to style, content, or even length; they consider all “short” narrative length work, from flash fiction to novellas. There is a $3 submission fee.

      Deadline: Open

      Payment: Regular payment rate is $10 per page upon publication

      13. Vestal Review

      Prefer to keep your short stories extremely short? Vestal Review publishes flash fiction of no more than 500 words. Its editors are open to all genres except for syrupy romance, hard science fiction and children’s stories, and they have a special fondness for humor. R-rated content is OK, but stay away from anything too racy, gory or obscene.

      There is a submission fee of $2 for each submission. 

      Deadline: Submission periods are February to May and August to November

      Payment: The author of an accepted print submission gets $25 and a print copy; $10 for accepted web submissions.

      14. Flash Fiction Online

      Flash Fiction Online allows for slightly longer flash stories — between 500 and 1,000 words. Its editors like sci-fi and fantasy but are open to all genres (except for nonfiction and poetry!). As with Vestal, stay away from the heavier stuff like erotica and violence. What they’re looking for is developed, empathetic characters and discernible, resolved plots. Unlike many of the other publications, they will accept previously published work, which you’d submit in the reprint category.  

      Deadline: Open each month for submissions from the 1st to the 21st of the month.

      Payment: $80 per story; two cents per word for reprints

      15. Black Warrior Review

      Black Warrior Review publishes a mix of work by up-and-coming writers and nationally known names. Fiction pieces of up to 7,000 words should be innovative, challenging, and unique; its editors value “absurdity, hybridity, the magical [and] the stark.”

      BWR also accepts flash fiction under 1,000 words and nonfiction pieces (up to 7,000 words) that complicate western traditions of truth-telling, and “foregrounds the history of emotions rather than the history of facts.” There is a $3 submission fee.

      Deadline: Submission periods are December 1 to March 1 and June 1 to September 1

      Payment: A one-year subscription to BWR and a nominal lump-sum fee (amount not disclosed in its guidelines)

      16. The Sun Magazine

      The Sun Magazine offers some of the biggest payments we’ve seen, and while its guidelines specifically mention personal writing and provocative political/cultural pieces, they also say editors are “open to just about anything.”

      Works should run no more than 7,000 words. Submit something the editors love, and you could get a nice payday.

      Deadline: Open

      Payment: $300 to $2,000

      17. Virginia Quarterly (VQR)

      A diverse publication that features both award-winning and emerging writers, VQR accepts short fiction (3,500 to 8,000 words) but is not a fan of genre work like romance, sci-fi and fantasy. It also takes nonfiction (3,500 to 9,000 words) like travel essays that examine the world around us.

      Deadline: Submissions read July 1 to July 31

      Payment: Generally $1,000 and above for short fiction and prose (approximately 25 cents per word) with higher rates for investigative reporting; $100 to $200 for content published online.

      18. Ploughshares

      Ploughshares’ award-winning literary journal is published by Boston’s Emerson College. They accept fiction and nonfiction under 7,500 words and require a $3 service fee if you submit online (it’s free to submit by mail, though they prefer digital submissions). You can also submit your significantly longer work (7,500 to 20,000 words) to the Ploughshares Solos series!

      Deadline: June 1 to January 15 at noon EST

      Payment: $45 per printed page (for a minimum of $90 per title and a maximum of $450 per author); plus two contributor copies of the issue and a one-year subscription

      19. Carve Magazine

      Writers are in for a treat! Carve Magazine accepts poetry, short stories and nonfiction submissions, not exceeding 10,000 words. They accept literary fiction only and are not open to genre fiction (i.e. thriller, horror, romance, etc.). They also accept novel excerpts but only those that can stand alone in the story. There’s a $3 submission fee, but you can subscribe to the magazine to skirt past it.

      Deadline: Open all-year-round from anywhere in the world.

      Payment: Pays $100 and offers feedback on 5 to 10% of declined submissions.

      20. Daily Science Fiction

      Sci-fi and fantasy writers, this one’s for you. Daily Science Fiction is looking for character-driven fiction, and the shorter, the better. While their word count range is 100 to 1,500 words, they might consider flash series — AKA three or more flash tales built around a common theme. 

      Deadline: Open except for the period between December 24 to January 2

      Payment: Eight cents per word, with the possibility of additional pay for reprints in themed Daily Science Fiction anthologies

      21. JMWW

      This literary journal publishes fiction stories with up to 300 words and flash fiction of no longer than 1.500 words, and it’s open to any genre as long as the story is well-crafted. To up your chances of catching the editors’ eyes, note that they like “strong characters whose motivations are not always known to us but can be explained within the confines of common sense,” as well as surprise endings (nothing gimmicky). 

      Deadline: Open

      Payment: No pay specified

      22. Smokelong Quarterly

      SmokeLong, a literary mag devoted to flash fiction, publishes flash narratives up to 1000 words — and that’s a firm word limit, so be sure to stick to it. The SLQ aesthetic remains “an ever-changing, ever-elusive set of principles,” but it most likely has to do with these kinds of things: language that surprises and excites, narratives that strive toward something other than a final punch line or twist, and more which you can see in the submission guidelines. Think you can handle that?

      Deadline: Open

      Payment: $50 per story upon publication in the quarterly issue

      23. Literary Orphans

      Fiction comes first for this short fiction and art magazine. Editors want your fiction of any genre, but they have a need for micro-fiction, flash, and short stories that are 2,000 words or less (but 1,500 is their sweet spot!). Creative nonfiction is also accepted for the bi-monthly Literary Orphans issue on the main website; just keep your story to 5,000 words max. Plus, teens under 19, there’s a category for you, too. Submit a story of no more than 3,000 words to its “TEEN SPIRIT” section

      Because they receive a high volume of submissions, editors ask that you submit your *best* piece. But here’s where it gets interesting: If you can’t choose just one, send both! (As long as both stories combined don’t surpass 2,000 words.)

      Deadline: Currently no open calls for submission, but check back in the future!

      Payment: Not specified

      24. The Master’s Review

      The Master’s Review’s New Voices category is open to any new or emerging author who has not published a work of fiction or narrative nonfiction of novel length — not including authors with short story collections. Submit your flash fiction of 1,000 words or your piece of fiction or narrative nonfiction of up to 7,000 words. Though, editors are honest: There are no submission fees, but they’re highly selective. 

      Deadline: Open

      Payment: A flat rate of $100 for flash-length stories; $200 for short fiction

      25. Ruminate Magazine

      Both emerging and established writers are encouraged to submit fiction or creative nonfiction stories that “engages the contemplative spirit of our journal and embraces curiosity and discovery rather than resolution.” Both genres are capped at a word count of 5,500 words. 

      Want another option? There’s no pay for this one (just contributor copies), but The Waking is Ruminate Magazine’s online publication space and they’re looking for short-form prose, fiction and nonfiction that is “holy, nutritious and crucial.” Keep your submissions to 1,000 words or less.

      Deadline: July 2, 2020; fiction reading periods are April 1 to June 30; January 15 to June 30 for nonfiction

      Payment: $20 per 400 words, plus contributor copies

      26. Asimov’s Science Fiction

      Have you ever wondered where George R. R. Martin’s Daenerys Targaryen first appeared on the printed page? Well, this is it! An established market for science fiction stories, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine has won numerous Hugo and Nebula Awards, and the writers they’ve published have led successful careers

      They want you to submit your character-oriented, “serious, thoughtful, yet accessible fiction,” but there’s room for humor as well. While science fiction dominates what the magazine publishes, you’re welcome to submit borderline fantasy, slipstream and surreal fiction — steer clear of sword and sorcery, explicit sex or violence. While there’s no specific word count, ASF seldom buys stories shorter than 1,000 words or longer than 20,000 words. 

      Deadline: Open

      Payment: 8 to 10 cents per word for short stories up to 7,500 words; 8 cents per word for each word over 7,500

      27. Slice Magazine

      Got a fresh voice and a compelling story to share? This one’s for you. To bridge the gap between emerging and established authors, SLICE offers a space where both are published side-by-side. In each issue, a specific cultural theme becomes the catalyst for articles, interviews, stories and poetry from renowned writers and lesser-known voices alike. Short fiction and nonfiction submissions should be 5,000 words max.

      Deadline: Slice published their final issue in the fall of 2021 and are no longer looking for submissions.

      Payment: $400 for stories and essays; $150 for flash fiction pieces; $100 for poems

      28. Cricket Media

      Cricket Media wants to publish your finest quality writing for children of all ages in one of its four literary magazines — you have options! Open to submissions from writers of every level of experience, CM’s mags are interested in a lot of things, no matter what genre: realistic contemporary fiction, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, folk tales, myths and legends, humor, and even westerns. Their advice? Focus on telling a good story that’s well-plotted, character-driven and has a satisfying conclusion.

      Most stories are 1200 to 1800 words in length; however, they occasionally serialize longer stories of up to 6,000 words. 

      Deadline: Varies; check the guidelines to learn the deadlines for each lit mag 

      Payment: Up to 25 cents per word 

      29. The Dark Sire

      Horror writers, you’re up! A fairly new literary journal, The Dark Sire is a quarterly online and print journal that “explores speculative fiction works for enthusiasts” of gothic, horror, fantasy and psychological realism in short fiction, poetry and art. ​Subjects of particular interest include: vampires, monsters, old castles, dragons, magic, mental illness, hell, disease and decay of society. No word count. 

      Deadline: Open

      Payment: None, but they promote writers through author events, social media outreach and the (in development) TDS podcast

      30. The Common

      Based at Amherst College, The Common is an award-winning print and digital literary journal published biannually in the fall and spring. They seek fiction and nonfiction stories and dispatches (800-word notes, news and impressions from around the world) that “embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood and language.” Stick to a 10,000 word-count and you’re solid. There is a $3 submission fee.

      Deadline: Reading periods are March 1 to June 1 and September 1 to December 1; subscribers can submit for free year-round

      Payment: $100 for fiction and nonfiction submissions; $50 per dispatch

      30. Kindle Vella

      Rather than seeking a magazine or journals editorial approval, you can publish directly to Kindle Vella’s short story program. Here, your work will go directly to market and its success will be determined by the general public, not by an editorial team. You also don’t have to wait months on a response as to whether your short story will be published. You can upload and be published on Kindle Vella in under 48 hours. For a full review of Kindle Vella, read this article.

      Deadline: None

      Payment: Royalties on KDP reads.

      Submission Tips

      With hard work and patience you can see your short stories published!

      Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

      • Take time to read through the literary magazines before you submit. You will have a better idea of what they are looking and know which magazines fit best with your writing style.
      • Read the submission details before you submit. Each publication has different specifications for submissions – make sure you fulfill their requirements.
      • Be patient. Many of these publications have a small team and a lot of submissions. It is normal to wait several months before hearing whether an article will be published or not.
      • Keep track of which articles you have submitted to which publications. Because can submit the same short story to multiple publications, you will need to withdraw that article if it gets published. You don’t want to accidentally publish the same piece in multiple places.
      • Don’t give up!. While you might receive multiple rejections before you get your first piece published, with hard work it will be worth the wait once you get your first piece in print!

      The original version of this story was written by Kelly Gurnett. We updated the post so it’s more useful for our readers.

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      Tue, 12 Apr 2022 23:50:51 +0000


      9 Copywriting Examples to Inspire You
      Posted on Tuesday April 12, 2022


      Category : Craft

      Author : The Write Life Team

      One of the best ways to stay inspired when working as a copywriter is by studying what other copywriters are doing. Look at what they produce and break down the elements. Ask yourself, why does this work? What unusual writing techniques are they utilizing? What can I learn from their approach? Here are nine copywriting examples from industry experts to get you started.


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      One of the best ways to stay inspired when working as a copywriter is by studying what other copywriters are doing. Look at what they produce and break down the elements. Ask yourself, why does this work? What unusual writing techniques are they utilizing? What can I learn from their approach?

      Copywriting examples to inspire you

      Here are nine copywriting examples from industry experts to get you started.

      Alex Cattoni

      “Copy is literally everywhere you go. Billboards, product packaging, bus ads, and even those cute little A-frame signs that sit outside your favourite café or restaurant. Once you start appreciating and recognizing the copy that’s hidden in plain sight—you’ll naturally get better and better at writing your own copy.”

      Alex Cattoni is best known for the Copy Posse Program, a boutique agency and online copywriting academy. Her course teaches people how to write high-converting sales copy and craft iconic promotional campaigns. 

      She has spent more than a decade in the online marketing world and believes that connection and conversion are not mutually exclusive.

      Brian Clark 

      “It really should be the right content at the right time for the right person”

      Brian Clark is a serial digital entrepreneur and the founder of Copyblogger amongst other websites and communities.

      He built his businesses using online marketing techniques and is best known for his advice that empowers people to grow their businesses through social media and online marketing.

      David Oglivy 

      “On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

      David Oglivy is known as the “father of advertising” and believed the best way to get new clients was to do amazing work for existing clients. 

      His client roster included Rolls-Royce and Shell.

      Frank Kern

      “Would you like me to personally double, triple, or even quadruple your business…for free?”

      Frank Kern is world-famous for his annual sales letter, which is considered a masterpiece. 

      He teaches people how to write conversion copy and is the creator of an automation marketing method called Behavioral Dynamic Response.

      Helen Lansdowne 

      “A Skin You Love To Touch”

      Helen Lansdowne Resor was a notable copywriter and is a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame. 

      She is best known for creating the slogan “A Skin You Love To Touch” for the Woodbury Soap Company in 1911. The tagline was so successful the company used it until well into the 1940s.

      Jay Abraham 

      “Sometimes the best copy to sell a horse is ‘Horse for Sale.’”

      Jay Abraham is a marketing expert best known for his strategic approach and critical thinking. He helps businesses increase income, wealth and success by finding new solutions for old problems.

      He’s best known for thinking “way outside the box” while thinking “way inside the box” at the same time.

      Leo Burnett 

      “Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.”

      Leo Burnett built his global advertising agency on the belief that the most creative, effective and powerful work understands people’s needs, wants, dreams and hopes at its core.

      His client list included Kellogg, Pillsbury, Procter & Gamble, and Campbell Soup.

      Nicki Krawczyk

      “If your target audience can’t trust you, then you’ve lost a major piece of the game.”

      Nicki Krawczyk is best known for the Comprehensive Copywriting Academy (read our review of the course here) where she teaches copywriting strategies and techniques for both direct response copywriting and branding copywriting.

      Her clients include Adidas, AT&T, Hasbro, Marshalls, Reebok and more.

      Ray Edwards

      “So, just for the moment, let’s think of your product as the movie. And let’s think of your sales copy as the ‘trailer.’”

      Ray Edwards is a communications strategist, copywriter and author. He is known for his book “How to Write Copy That Sells: The Step-By-Step System for More Sales, to More Customers, More Often” and his podcast, The Ray Edwards Show.

      Ray is the creator of a certified direct response copywriter program called The Copywriting Academy and offers many practical guides for copywriters.

      9 Copywriting Examples to Inspire You

      Copywriters on Twitter to follow

      #CopywritingTwitter is one of the best places to find other copywriters to network with and learn from. If you want to join a community of copywriters to be regularly inspired by, here are a few to get started:

      Which copywriters inspire you? Let us know!

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      Fri, 08 Apr 2022 21:21:57 +0000


      How to Write an About Me That Attracts More Readers
      Posted on Friday April 08, 2022


      Category : Blogging

      Author : The Write Life Team

      It’s one thing to write about another world or a certain topic, but it’s another thing to write about yourself. Although tons of writers excel at their craft, when it comes time to sit down and talk about their experience or what they do, they get stuck. A quality About Me summarizes who you are […]


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      It’s one thing to write about another world or a certain topic, but it’s another thing to write about yourself. Although tons of writers excel at their craft, when it comes time to sit down and talk about their experience or what they do, they get stuck.

      A quality About Me summarizes who you are and conveys the essential information about your career. It can be hard to take years of experience and summarize it in a few tidy paragraphs. However, as you start to grow as a writer, you’ll soon find out just how important it is. Whether someone is interviewing you or you need an About Me page on your website, you’ll need to have that information already put together.

      Having a well-written bio can help you stand out amongst the tons of other writers out there. The question is: how do you create a solid bio that tells your story and highlights your experience?

      We’ll go over some tips on how to write an About Me and show you how to tailor it for specific purposes.

      How to Write an About Me

      When you start writing your About Me, you’re going to want to pull all of the information together in one place. You’ll see why in a minute.

      If you do the hard work of putting together a general bio of yourself, you will be able to tweak it and use it across different platforms and for different purposes.

      For example, if you have one ready to go, you’ll be able to tailor it for your website, your LinkedIn, your Twitter account, or any place else you may need to describe who you are and what you do.

      Ideally, you’ll write one in both first person and in third person so you can use it across different platforms, depending on the context.

      Some basics you could include in your About Me:

      • What types of writing you do
      • Your background and experience
      • Projects you are currently working on
      • Fun facts about yourself or what you are passionate about
      • Any accomplishments you have achieved
      • Links to your work

      If you’re having trouble putting together your own About Me, one way to make it easier is to ask people close to you to describe you and your work. This can help you brainstorm things to include and also give you a unique perspective.

      So often, people overlook their own experiences and their own accomplishments, so the people around you might have a better idea of what to say than you do. If you have an audience or readers online, you might consider asking the same thing from them.

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      How to Write an About Me for My Book

      When it’s time to sit down and write your author bio, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind.

      The first thing to keep in mind is that your bio will help you sell your book. Often, when someone is deciding whether to buy a book or not, they will look at who the author is to help them make a decision.

      With that in mind, you want to keep your potential readers at the forefront of your mind while you craft your bio. How you describe yourself and your work will also help position your book as something they will want to read.

      For example, if you have a book on traveling, including all of the countries you’ve been to or some unique angle you’re taking with your writing can help intrigue readers. You will want to answer the question of, “Why would someone want to read this book from me?”

      While testimonials are in a different part of a book, if you have a relevant person to mention that can give you a boost, you will want to mention it here. An example could include if you were mentioned in a celebrity’s book club. A foreword or endorsement from an influencer can also be used in your About Me.

      How to Write an About Me for A Website

      Similar to an author bio, reading the About Me page of a website can intrigue or turn away potential readers.

      You will want to tell people why you are the person they should be reading and learning from.

      Compared to some other platforms, you’ll also want to think about what keywords are commonly used in your industry. Things like SEO and keywords matter when it comes to building traffic to your website. You will want to make a list of topics that people might be researching that you write about and think about ways to include that in your bio.

      Of course, you don’t want to go overboard and make it sound like it was written by a computer, but there are ways to subtly drop in keywords to your About Me and have it flow naturally.

      For websites, people often have longer About Me pages than you would see in other places, such as on social media. This is where you can put your full story and a lot more details about your work experience and who you are as a writer.

      The benefit of having a website with an About Me page is to have somewhere to send people who love your work. Even if you have to keep your bio short on Instagram, people can visit your website to get your whole story.

      How to Write an About Me on LinkedIn

      Depending on the topics you write about, having a LinkedIn account may or may not make sense.

      Most people on LinkedIn are looking for a job, but there’s a lot to be said about using it purely for networking.

      If you do decide to join, there are a few things you need to know about writing a bio on LinkedIn compared to other platforms.

      As of writing this, you have about 2,000 characters in your LinkedIn profile summary space to write your “about” section. That’s a few paragraphs or so to describe who you are and what you write.

      One thing Linkedin bios have in common with website bios is that they both use keywords to help people find you. If you’re writing about travel, you need to include keywords related to travel so people can find you.

      For more training on how to build a LinkedIn profile to get inbound writing opportunities, check out this training from the Freelance Writers Den.

      How to Write an About Me on Twitter or Instagram

      One huge factor when it comes to setting up your profiles on Twitter or Instagram is the fact that the bio section is much shorter than other places online.

      However, the same rules of needing to answer, “Why should someone care what you have to say?” apply here as well. Crafting a good bio can help convince people to follow you and keep up with your journey as a writer.

      You will only have at maximum a sentence or two to describe who you are and why people should follow you. Talk about a challenge!

      Most people don’t use full sentences on these platforms and instead use keywords or emojis to describe their work. 

      That’s a Wrap

      Overall, while it might be hard to write about yourself, you’ll be grateful you have it done when you need it. Your About Me will most likely continue to grow and evolve as your career does, but having one always on standby is incredibly helpful to your career as a professional writer. Whether you’re a freelance writer, blogger, or author, you’ll want to have an About Me that grabs people’s attention and opens doors of opportunity.

      If you need more help crafting your Linkedin profile to attract the right types of writing clients, check out this training from Freelance Writers Den.

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      Tue, 05 Apr 2022 19:16:17 +0000


      How to Publish on Medium… and Make Money from It
      Posted on Tuesday April 05, 2022


      Category : Blogging

      Author : Jackie Pearce

      When it comes to writing online, there are endless options for publishing your work. However, for the most part you have two main options: to create your own website to publish your content, or to use a site that will host your writing for you. If you don’t want to do the extra work of […]


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      When it comes to writing online, there are endless options for publishing your work.

      However, for the most part you have two main options: to create your own website to publish your content, or to use a site that will host your writing for you.

      If you don’t want to do the extra work of setting up your own website, you can use Medium to get publishing right away.

      If you have been writing online for any length of time, you have probably stumbled across Medium.com as a publishing platform.

      If you’re a writer, you might want to know how to publish on Medium and how to get set up with an account. We will go over what Medium is, how it works, how to publish on their site, and how to monetize your writing on Medium.

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      What is Medium

      According to their website, Medium is “A place to write, read, and connect.” If you haven’t used it before, it is essentially a publishing platform with a social networking aspect built-in.

      As you publish, Medium helps send your articles out to people who are interested in the topics you write about. It also has a clean interface so you can publish easily without all of the complications of publishing on your own site.

      Just to note, Medium is not the first website to offer an easy-to-use blog. Before Medium there were sites like WordPress.com, Blogger, and Tumblr. However, Medium has a different overall look and different monetization features.

      Why publish on Medium

      A lot of people choose to start writing on Medium because it’s free and already has a lot of built-in traffic. With a traditional website, you often have to work hard to send people to your website. On Medium, when you publish with certain keywords or categories, people who are already on the site will naturally find your writing. 

      That can save you a lot of time from worrying about growth, SEO, or any of the other stresses that come with owning your own website.

      There is a built-in algorithm, similar to what you would find on social media sites, that tailors content to you so you can find interesting writers and posts to read. As you can imagine, when you publish on this site, it gives the same benefits to your content as well by showing it to people who would be interested in your work.

      It’s not easy to do, but there is also a chance for your articles to go viral across Medium. If they hit a certain number of readers, likes, and comments, there’s a chance for them to appear in front of more people or to be sent out in their newsletter.

      Medium also connects to your social media profiles, so you can automatically send out your articles through them. This also means you can connect with people who already follow you on social media. If you’ve done the hard work to build connections and get to know other people, they will have the chance to follow you on Medium as well.

      Keep in mind, you do not have to exclusively only post your content on Medium or on your own website, you can share it in both places if it makes sense for your publishing strategy. 

      How to get started with Medium

      To start writing on Medium, you will need to sign up for an account on their site. As mentioned before, it’s free to sign up but they do have a membership option. The membership allows you unlimited access to every story with a portion of your membership going to the writers you read the most. It starts at $5 per month or $50 for the year.

      Once you sign up, you’re ready to start writing. Signing up for an account also gives you the ability to comment on other people’s blogs, follow certain authors or publications, and generally network with other writers.

      The basics of publishing on Medium

      To publish on Medium, you simply need to add in a new post, write your text, and format it to look how you want it to – which is easy with their editing tools. It’s helpful to have a tool that is easy to edit and manage if you don’t have a lot of technology or coding skills.

      After you write your post, you can add in some tags or add it into certain publications. Then you simply need to publish the post and if you link your social media profiles, it will automatically send out to them as well.

      You can learn more about publishing on Medium and formatting your article in this article.

      Inside of Medium, you have the option to set up what they call a publication on top of writing your regular articles. Publications are often written by multiple authors around one particular topic. You can create your own publication or join one that already has readers (with permission from the publications’ editors).

      Publications allow writers to send out newsletters and they also receive their own stats page, so all the writers involved can keep track of how the publication is doing or where readers are coming from.

      Plan what to write about

      Ideally, before you start publishing on Medium, you should outline what you’re going to cover and make a basic content calendar.

      Once you decide what to write about, you’ll want to set up a publishing schedule. What can you fit inside your schedule and how often can you publish a post? Answering those questions will give you an idea of how often you should be publishing. You don’t want to set up a blog to only publish in it once every few months.

      Medium keeps track of your engagement and your overall metrics, so you can see which posts are gaining traction. That way, you can tailor your future content around what your audience already loves to read. Even with the best planning, it can be hard to figure out what readers will love to read from you, so analytics can help.

      How to make money on Medium

      Now let’s get to the real question that most people want to know: how can you make money on Medium? If you’re going to be putting in the hard work to come up with a niche, publish regularly, and stay on top of your content, you might as well make some cold hard cash while you do so.

      They have a whole page that breaks down the specifics, but we’ll give you a quick overview to get started.

      First, you’ll need to apply for the program and meet its eligibility requirements. As of the time of writing this article, to meet their criteria you need to publish a story, gain at least a hundred followers, and publish one every six months.

      One of the first ways you can get paid is by keeping and attracting readers to your work. The more people read and stay on your stories, the more you will get paid.

      From there, you can also make money based on how many people you can convince to join the Medium membership. As of the time of writing this, you earn half of their membership fee (after payment processing fees) for as long as they remain a member. That’s a good deal for a lot of creators out there to start making an income from their writing.

      Overall, Medium is a great site for writers to publish their content and reach a whole new audience.

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