Which pitch has the most potential? Slush pile, in-person or online contest?

I get asked this question often. Writers want to make the most of their time and talent. Querying is a part in your writing career that is fraught with stress, expectation, and worry–oh wait, this sounds like the entire length of a writing career! Jokes aside, the decisions you make to start your career haveContinue reading “Which pitch has the most potential? Slush pile, in-person or online contest?”

5 Steps to Internet (and IRL) Safety and Privacy for Writers

There are many ways to think about internet safety, but with the fall publishing season book launches coming up I wanted to take the time to share my thoughts about staying safe when you’re used to interacting on the web. I consider safety physical or intellectual. I definitely think everyone clearly knows how dangerous theContinue reading “5 Steps to Internet (and IRL) Safety and Privacy for Writers”

7 Ways To Build a Platform Through Your Online Community

I wrote a bit about platform last week. It’s not the end of the world for fiction writers if you don’t have one. (What is platform? Let Jane Friedman tell you.) However, it’s great if you do by the time your book is on the market. Not necessarily at the time of querying your book,Continue reading “7 Ways To Build a Platform Through Your Online Community”

6 Tips for Author Self Promotion You Can Start Today

Self promotion has a sense of over-confidence about it. Only people who think super highly of themselves can promote themselves unabashedly, right? Wrong. Self promotion has two sides to it: you and people who receive it. If you build a community online (whether it’s social media, a blog, or a website) self promotion is how toContinue reading “6 Tips for Author Self Promotion You Can Start Today”