By Maryn Masumiya
You’ve spent countless hours perfecting your manuscript or book proposal; now it’s time to find the most powerful way to get your book to market.
We will walk you through three of the most prominent publishing options and help you find the best fit for your individual project, goals, and budget.
The first publishing option is to sell your manuscript to a traditional publishing house in exchange for an advance and royalties. The incentive of an advance is attractive to many authors, but keep in mind that you will be giving up the rights to your work and will have limited to no control over the design, direction, and distribution of your book. read more
Next up in our State Writing Resources series is the massive Lone Star State, Texas. As many of you likely know, WriteByNight, though born in Florida, grew up in Austin, and so we had the chance to work with and get to know many of the institutions, organizations and publications listed below. We continue to work with the wonderful O. Henry Museum in Austin through our In Short Fiction Workshop, and a little digging on our staff page will tell you that a handful of our fine writing coaches and consultants hang their ten-gallon hats in Texas. We sure do miss y’all. We even miss saying “y’all.”
Presented in no particular order, here are 21 Texas writing resources, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you are a Lone Star Stater or are planning to become one, these are some organizations you might want to take a peek at. read more
Today we want to offer up a writing prompt that has always worked well for us in the past, a way to hopefully gain a new perspective of you and your character. It’s aimed at you fiction writers out there, especially if you’re working on a novel or a particular short story. If you write nonfiction, you can find some creative ways to spin it around.
And it goes like this:
First, recall a moment of serious tension from your own life. That time someone broke into your house. The day you rear-ended a cop car. The night your parents took you to the Ice Capades. Envision the scene: the setting, the people, the dialogue, the feelings and emotions. Now, write that scene. read more
Today our State Writing Resources series takes us to Tennessee. But first it takes us to Milwaukee, my hometown and birthplace of R&B artist Speech, co-founder of Arrested Development (the band), whose first major hit was “Tennessee,” a song I can’t help but think of nearly every time I hear the name of this fine state.
Tennessee writing has an impressive history and present. Among the more famed writers who were born or grew up in Tennessee are Alex Haley, Ann Patchett, Cormac McCarthy, and Jo Carson. Dorothy Dix, at one time the U.S.’s most widely read female journalist, was born on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky. James Agee was a Knoxville boy, and Elizabeth Kostova is a Knoxville gal. And last but not least, Tennessee Williams was born and raised in … Mississippi.
Presented in no particular order, here are 12 Tennessee writing resources, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you are a Volunteer Stater or are planning to become one, these are some organizations you might want to take a peek at. read more
Today we want to get you fine folks talking about an issue we receive a ton of questions about: writing for free.
Last week I went to a panel at Kickstarter HQ titled “How to Pay Your Writers,” in which editors/publishers from BOMB, Guernica and Unidentified Funny Objects discussed when and how much they pay their writers, how they raise funds, and whether or not they get paid themselves. You can read my piece about the discussion at Publishing Perspectives.
Of particular note was a comment made by Lisa Lucas, publisher at Guernica, who talked about angry contributors who complain to her about writing for free: “Writers actually need to check it a little because so many of these editors are making nothing. At what point is editing not art? The identification [of quality work], the nurturing—you would never tell a midwife that she should work for free because you’re the person giving birth.”
The implication was that most, if not all, of Guernica’s editorial staff works for free, and that the magazine’s contributors fail to appreciate this fact. “We’re all exploited here,” Lucas said.
Today we’d like to introduce you to the newest member of our wonderful staff of consultants and coaches, Chris Mattix. Chris is a transplanted Montanan living in Austin, Texas, where he runs Weekly Weird Monthly and co-hosts our favorite local show, Writing on the Air.
Below is a Q&A with Chris Mattix, followed by a brief bio.
Today our State Writing Resources series takes us to the great state of South Dakota, capital Pierre, largest city Sioux Falls, biggest tourist attraction Mount Rushmore (in fact, South Dakota’s official nickname is the Mount Rushmore State). South Dakota is the 17th largest state in area, but is 46th in population.
South Dakota writing can boast of bigwigs such as: Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose time in South Dakota she fictionalized in Little Town on the Prairie; Adam Johnson, whose The Orphan Master’s Son was a smash hit in 2012; Vine Deloria Jr., famous for Custer Dies For Your Sins and, to me, memorable for writing the introduction to Black Elk Speaks; and screenwriter Bob Nelson, nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for
South Dakota Nebraska.
Presented in no particular order, here are 10 South Dakota writing resources, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you are a Mount Rushmore Stater or are planning to become one, these are some organizations you might want to take a peek at. read more
- Can you name for me a book that you once reread immediately after finishing the first time?