Tagged: writers

Self-Editing 101

Spelling – Even the best spellers make mistakes. Use a software program like Grammarly or WordWeb (both of which have free versions.) Both may catch other errors in word usage – like affect vs. effect – and both do offer a thesaurus so you can find a better word or correct one that’s overused. One of the first things they may or may not tell you in writing classes or seminars is that in a...

Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple

Submitting to a traditional/legacy publisher made simple

I was asked by a writer recently how they would go about submitting to a traditional publisher, so I created this (very) basic primer. Finish/edit the novel. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this step. Skip it at your peril – an unedited novel is instant death. (Even if they’ll still edit it themselves. ) Some editors will be forgiving and request a revise/resubmit. Only some will be forgiving, there’s no guarantee which...

Eclectic Collective – What’s a collective

Eclectic Collective – What’s a collective

So, what exactly is a collective? It may or may not be the next big new thing among Indie writers. Essentially a collective is a group of writers who band together for one or any number of purposes.Oneof the primary reasons many form a collective is to declare a certain level of quality for their work, given the reputation that many indie writers have. Collectives can be created for certain genres, like a fantasy writers...

Should You Quit the Day Job?

Should You Quit the Day Job?

Ummm… I hate to disappoint you, but… probably not. Before you make that decision, though, you have to ask yourself a lot of questions. Once you’ve made that decision you’ll have to live with it, which may be harder than you think. Take it from someone who has been there, and knows. Can you really do without your income in this economy? No job is truly secure anymore and the unexpected is almost guaranteed to...