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Unblocking the Writer

by Dr Bob Rich It’s every writer’s dread. You have a concept, go to write it down — and nothing comes. Or you are in the middle of a great story, and the flow dries up. The more you work at it, the worse the blockage. There are several potential causes for writer’s block, and several remedies you can try. When I was writing the second book of my trilogy The Travels of First Horse,... read more

Formatting a Manuscript

provided by The Fiction Forum You know the story you have written is so engaging an editor will jump at the chance to buy it. So why should you worry about the format of your manuscript? If your manuscript is not properly formatted, chances are the editor won’t even read the first line of your story. Let’s begin with the obvious. Editors are very busy people. They spend countless hours on... read more

Basic Guidelines for Submitting to Online Publishers

by Renee Faucher A submission for an online publisher should be no less prepared than one for a print publisher. Some writing sites receive huge numbers of visitors. Site visitors and e-zine subscribers are comparable to circulation numbers that print magazines prize. However, the information on a web site may remain posted and visible for longer than an issue of a print magazine is available on the... read more

Cover Letter Format

provided by The Fiction Forum Your cover letter is the first impression any editor will have of your writing abilities. Therefore, the cover letter should be straightforward and concise. Treat your cover letter as a business letter–after all that is what it is. You can read our basic guidelines below, but I can recommend the book “How to write the cover letter for your submission to a... read more

There’s No Place Like Home

provided by Novella Studios Most authors are conflicted (for good reason) about whether or not they should shell out the $10.00 a year for a domain name of their very own. To shed some light on this puzzling question, let’s take a look at some the most common misconceptions about owning your own domain name. Misconception One – Having a domain name will get more people to visit my site. The... read more