7 Resources For Crafting Successful Pitches
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7 Resources For Crafting Successful Pitches

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels Pitching publications and improving writing skills can feel daunting and exciting at the same time. We may not be sure how to do it best or which publications to choose. We may not know what makes a successful pitch or if a publication will pay the amount we need. Read more

How to Write Your First Picture Book
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How to Write Your First Picture Book

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash In the past two years, I’ve edited 18 picture books and advised on a dozen more. I’ve also turned down about 50 manuscripts that weren’t yet ready for an editor’s critical eye. The number one reason I send authors back to the drawing board is that they’ve submitted an Read more

Spelling Tips: Misspell or Mispell? | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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Spelling Tips: Misspell or Mispell? | Proofed’s Writing Tips

If you make a spelling mistake, did you “misspell” or “mispell” the word? Only one of these spellings is correct. Let’s take a look at what this word means and how to spell it correctly so you can make sure your writing is error free. What Does Misspell Mean? “Misspell” is a verb that means Read more

How I Went Chasing Creativity in a Room Full of Strangers
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How I Went Chasing Creativity in a Room Full of Strangers

Photo by Allie on Unsplash I clicked and I clicked and I clicked again. “Invalid link,” it kept saying. My mind was frantic, nerves coming loose. I really wanted to attend this poetry workshop. Between social anxiety and depression, I isolated myself a lot. I hadn’t enjoyed a ‘friendly chitchat’ for more than six months Read more

5 Reasons You Should Aim for 100 Literary Rejection Letters in 2021
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5 Reasons You Should Aim for 100 Literary Rejection Letters in 2021

It’s goal-setting season again! Have you set your writing goals for 2021 yet? Do you plan to submit any writing to editors or literary agents this year? Love them or hate them, the idea of setting goals permeates the entire month of January. And most of those goals are “positive.” From physical appearance to self-care Read more

3 Easy Ways to Polish Your Writing Now
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3 Easy Ways to Polish Your Writing Now

Photo by Element5 Digital from Pexels Polishing your writing takes some time to do it correctly. If you have the right approach to polishing, you can go faster. When you edit, you may be tempted to take out parts of your article or story that people want to read. When you edit your writing, be Read more

A Different Approach for Writing Success This Year
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A Different Approach for Writing Success This Year

By Janice Hardy@Janice_Hardy A new year often starts by declaring your goals and dreams, but a frightful number of writers don’t achieve those goals—or those dreams. And I was one of them for a very long time. I’d start every January with high hopes and ambitious plans about what I was going to accomplish that Read more

How to Write Conclusions That Satisfy Readers
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How to Write Conclusions That Satisfy Readers

Image by klimkin from Pixabay You know how a lot of recipes say “salt to taste” at the end? That’s because a little bit of salt enhances flavor. When I make black-bean chili it tastes bland until I add salt — the salt is the perfect finishing touch. Salt takes something that’s good and turns Read more

How to Get an Editor’s Attention
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How to Get an Editor’s Attention

Photo by Darius Bashar on Unsplash I remember reading a travel magazine and browsing the list of editors and writers, wondering how I could secure such a sweet gig. I used to picture these writers as a team of handpicked talents, each so sure of their craft, writers who could fly to Myanmar and find Read more