• A Professional Proofreader’s Margin of Error

    By on April 24, 2015 Posted in ABCs of Writing     Comments 3 comments

    ProofreadingI recently had an interesting conversation with WBN client Robert L. We were discussing a proof of his novel and he was anxious about moving forward, understandably. Robert had had a bad experience with a professional proofreader who charged him an arm and a leg and didn’t deliver on what he had promised.

    Unfortunately, this happens often. In an industry saturated with independents—either freelancers or writers who pick up editorial work on the side—a writer better get savvy about choosing wisely (which is a post topic for another time). There are a lot of folks out there who call themselves professional proofreaders, but that doesn’t make it so. Just because I say I’m a shoe doesn’t make me a shoe. In order to be a shoe, I would need to have certain characteristics, certain qualities about me that are shoe-like: I would be foot-shaped, for example, and made of perhaps leather, canvas, or rubber. Bottom line: to be a proofreader, you must know how to proofread and you must do it well. There’s little subjectivity there. You either catch the errors and fix them or you don’t. read more

    10 Utah Writing Resources

    By on April 16, 2015 Posted in Writing Resources     Comments No comments

    Utah writingWe’ve finally reached the homestretch of our State Writing Resources series; after getting over the Texas hump we’re now barreling west toward Utah. Ah, ‘tah. Its motto is “Industry.” A state of few words. A resident of Utah is known as a Beehive Stater, not because Utah is abuzz with hornets but because when one thinks of industry, one thinks of a beehive. And because some of the state’s founding Mormons initially called the place Deseret, which according to the Book of Mormon (according to Wikipedia) is “an ancient word for honeybee.”

    Utah writing boasts a Pulitzer and NBA winner, Wallace Stegner (aka “the Dean of Western Writers”), Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card, Mormon poet Eliza Snow, and author of the Runelords series Dave Wolverton.

    Presented in no particular order, here are 10 Utah writing resources, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you are a Utahn/Utahan or are planning to become one, these are some organizations you might want to take a peek at. read more

    What to Consider When Deciding How to Publish

    By on April 10, 2015 Posted in Strategies     Comments 3 comments

    Here at WriteByNight, not surprisingly, we’re all about the writing. We make it our business to help writers of all stripes produce the best work possible so they can achieve their goals. For many writers, publication is high among those goals.

    Nowadays, writers have more options than ever to usher their creative work into the world. Trouble is, with so many options, it can be challenging to figure out which is the right fit for you. Couple that with the fact that the Internet is bursting with information and advice about publication, and it’s no wonder so many writers end up feeling confused and overwhelmed.

    In your search for reliable, unbiased, straightforward information about your publishing options, look no further.

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    Your Publishing Options: Pros and Cons of Traditional, Self, and Hybrid Publication

    By on March 26, 2015 Posted in Strategies     Comments 5 comments

    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.


    Traditional Publishing

    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

    21 Texas Writing Resources

    By on March 20, 2015 Posted in Writing Resources     Comments 1 comment

    Texas writingNext 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

    Writing Prompt: You and Your Character

    By on March 13, 2015 Posted in Inspiration     Comments No comments

    New perspectiveToday 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

    12 Tennessee Writing Resources

    By on March 5, 2015 Posted in Writing Resources     Comments No comments

    Tennessee writingToday 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



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