5 Magazines Open to Submissions

It’s marketing Monday. You know the drill: analyze the magazine, and thoroughly read and follow the guidelines before submitting.

Christian Communicator, the magazine of American Christian Writers/Reg Forder, https://regaforder.wordpress.com/articles/guidelines-ad-rates/

Treasure http://www.wnac.org/treasure/, send submission inquires to treasure@wnac.org [Read more…]

How to Use Readability Statistics to Improve Your Manuscript

As writers, we all know how important it is to make our story as strong as possible. We also know that we each have our specific weaknesses in writing.

Maybe for you that weakness is grammar, or spelling, or passive voice.

Maybe you are too wordy.

Today, I’m going to show you how to use MS Word’s readability statistics to help clean up those kinds of errors.  [Read more…]

5 Magazines Accepting Submissions

It’s marketing Monday when I focus in on available markets or an aspect of marketing.

As I’ve said many times before, writing for periodicals is a terrific way to hone your writing skills and earn money as you do it. If you’ve never considered this, stop and read “Why Write for Periodicals?” by the prolific writer Ava Pennington.

Here are today’s featured periodicals:

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What’s it like to co-author?

I’ve never been a co-author before, but I have no doubt it has it’s unique benefits and challenges.

Today, I’m visiting with Mary Potter Kenyon and Mary Jedlicka Humston, co-authors of Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink, which released earlier this month. Be sure to check out the details below for a chance to win a free signed copy of the book.

Authors Mary Jedlicka Humston and Mary Potter Kenyon

From left: Mary Jedlicka Humston and Mary Potter Kenyon

Let’s find out how these two Marys managed co-authoring.

What was it like to co-author? [Read more…]

How to find overused words in your manuscript

Every writer has words she or he uses too often. I call them crutch words. Words like “well, smiled, laughed, however, tears, cried” etc., in addition to adverb usage.

These words aren’t easily spotted when you revise simply because you’re looking at other things like character and plot development.

So today I’m going to show you how to find those words whether you use MS Word or Scrivener. [Read more…]

Congratulations to…

celebratingNothing is as exciting as getting good news from a publisher. Please join me in extending a word of congratulations to these writers.

Keely Brooke Keith
Has joined CrossRiver Media Group as their newest author. Her book Aboard Providence will release Fall 2016.

Cynthia Toney
Has signed a three-book contract for a Bird Face series with Write Integrity Press. Book 1 is titled 8 Notes to a Nobody and will release in September. No exact date yet because they’re trying to get the second book ready at the same time.

Getting a project done is another milestone.

Michael Wallace
Has finished his book on creation and evolution. Now to find a publisher!

Photo by Matthew Van Hook of GregRon Photography. Copyright 2004 by Matthew Van Hook. Used with permission.

How to Write a Book Proposal: Advice from 3 Experts

Book proposal acceptedDo you want to get published? Then learning how to write a book proposal that captures the editor is essential.

I’m not an expert on book proposals, but here are three people who are and their advice on writing book proposals.

Michael Hyatt is a best selling author and [Read more…]

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