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Know the Writing Market

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Writing PublicationsI met with my new critique group last month. There was lots of lively conversation, inspired critiquing, and snacks. I shared a couple of things with the group about an editor moving to another publisher or an agent that was looking something specific. It was met with, “How do you know this stuff?”  I told them I would share what I read about the writing market.  I’ll share it with you, too.

Before I do, it’s important to know why you should read these publications.

  • If an editor moves to a different publisher, they are likely going to be looking for new manuscripts.
  • Editors and agents may reveal what they are looking for.
  • You know what is selling and what is struggling to sell.
  • You don’t waste your time writing what has just been written.
  • You’ll get an idea of how the marketing end of the business works.
  • You’ll get valuable tips and techniques for writing the best manuscript you can.
  • You get to know the players in the publishing industry. This is important to know when you rub elbows at a conference, send your manuscript, and want to market your published book.
  • You don’t waste you stamps on publishers that have shuttered their doors.
  • Agents and editors want to know that you not only can write, but understand the business of writing.

In no particular order, here are some publications that I read. I am a children’s writer. You’ll see some of those listed here, too.

I also read tweets and blogs whenever I get the chance.  That’s for another post.

Don’t let all the reading get in the way of good writing. A great manuscript will always trump great market knowledge. But, set a little time aside for reading about writing and the business of writing. Don’t let lack of knowledge keep you from getting published.

What publications do you read to keep you informed?

Post a Week Challenge

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I’m taking the WordPress’s Post a Week Challege 2011!  I’m inspired to write more and produce interesting and useful information for writers.  Hopefully, you’ll think so, too! I hope you’ll keep me motivated by replying to my posts and giving me feedback.  In return, I hope I’ll keep you motivated to write more in 2011.

Organize your To-Do’s

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Happy New Year!  Another year is upon us full of hope and new promises. With a mounting list of new things to do and accomplish, the task of organizing a to-do list seems daunting.  I’m not the only one, am I?

As I literally and figuratively try to juggle my writing schedule, business schedule, plus volunteer and kids activities, I find that non-essential business doesn’t seem to happen.  My calendar can’t contain all of the aspirations in my head.  It can hardly contain the actual commitments like picking someone up or brushing my teeth.

I stumbled upon software called Things for Apple.  I downloaded a free trial yesterday and WOW!  Simple to use and a good looking user interface.  I can separate different projects and tasks to those projects.  Or, I can just create a random task  like “eat 6 doughnuts”.

As for writing, the possibilities are clearly valuable.  Goals are only ideas if there isn’t a deadline attached.  I’ve got LOTS of ideas!  Things lets you set a deadline for each part of your writing project and proudly check things off when done.  Brainstorm article idea – check.  Research article – check. Schedule interview- check.  Nothing like a little positive reinforcement to get you through the day.

If you don’t have a Mac, there are other task management programs available. Many of them offer a free trial.  But, even if you don’t want to go the software route, get your goals down on paper.  Make a deadline.  Check things off.  2011 will be your year of the check mark.

Write my first blog entry of the year – check.