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10 Top Tips for Creating Your Own EPUBs and eMagazines - Envato Tuts+ Design & Illustration Article. David Foster Wallace on Why You Should Use a Dictionary, How to Write a Great Opener, and the Measure of Good Writing. By Maria Popova “Readers who want to become writers should read with a dictionary at hand,” Harvard psycholinguist Steven Pinker asserted in his indispensable guide to the art-science of beautiful writing, adding that writers who are “too lazy to crack open a dictionary” are “incurious about the logic and history of the English language” and doom themselves to having “a tin ear for its nuances of meaning and emphasis.”

But the most ardent case for using a dictionary came more than a decade earlier from none other than David Foster Wallace. Finding the right publisher - NZ Society of Authors. Publishers are looking for books that will sell.

Finding the right publisher - NZ Society of Authors

Initially they will try to estimate potential domestic and international sales, plus sales of subsidiary rights such as serialization, radio, film and television rights and most will require the digital rights with the print rights in today's environment. Be wary of a publisher who asks you to pay for the publication. They may not have much incentive to market your book if they have already made their money on it. If in doubt check our our Writing Scams page. Indie publishers may be bona fide publishing houses, just not part of big-name publishing. New Zealand publishers range in size from large multi-nationals to mid-size firms to one-man bands. For further information about how to find a publisher and submitting your manuscript see our booklet Getting Published available from our online bookshop.

You should expect to hear back from the publisher within a couple of months. Publishing Central has information on all aspects of publishing. Resources - NZ Society of Authors. 102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create. UPDATE 1/10: Dead links removed, new links added, as well as Revision and Tools and Software sections.

102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create

Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration. Also, I recommend some resources for Revision and some online Tools and Software. Too many links? 10 Days of Character Building Name Generators Name Playground The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test Priming the idea pump (A character checklist shamlessly lifted from acting) How to Create a Character Seven Common Character Types Handling a Cast of Thousands – Part I: Getting to Know Your Characters.

Welcome to! 100 Useful Web Tools for Writers. All kinds of writers, including poets, biographers, journalists, biz tech writers, students, bloggers and technical writers, take a unique approach to their jobs, mixing creativity with sustainability.

100 Useful Web Tools for Writers

Whether you’re a freelance writer just scraping by or someone with a solid job and more regular hours, the Internet can provide you with unending support for your practical duties like billing, scheduling appointments, and of course getting paid; as well as for your more creative pursuits, like developing a plot, finding inspiration and playing around with words. Turn to this list for 100 useful Web tools that will help you with your career, your sanity and your creativity whenever your write.

Getting Organized Thanks to the Internet, disorganized writers are no longer a cliche. Keep track of appointments, interviews and deadlines with these handy web-based tools. Finding Inspiration Beat down writer’s block by using these online idea prompts and inspirational tools. Getting Gigs Getting Paid. Writers, Writing and Writing Tips. The 7-Step Write a Book Fast Program. Post written by Leo Babauta.

The 7-Step Write a Book Fast Program

I’m often asked about writing (something I’ve done professionally for 22 years), and one of the most common things people want help with is writing a book. For writers: hints - Mem Fox. So you want to write a picture book… There’s some quick-and-snappy advice below, in case you’re in a hurry, but don’t forget to read the important list of 20 do’s and 20 don’ts, which you’ll find at the end of the first section.

For writers: hints - Mem Fox

And there’s even more advice after that. Before I continue, however, you will discover, if you’re lucky, that the two most important people in anyone’s writing life are agents and editors. First you will need an agent to help you find a publisher; then the publishing house will assign you an editor. A book that’s accepted doesn’t mean it won’t change radically after an editor has cast an eye over it. Okay: so you’ve already written a picture book without reading the pages and pages of advice on my website.

Writing, whimsy ... life. Where the Writers Go to Write - Writing.Com. Writer Unboxed. SCBWI British Isles. Picture Book Den. Writing for Children. The Writing Desk Site Details. Write It Sideways Site Details. Writing and Writers - Flipboard. Writer Resources - GalleyCat. Inspirational Short Stories 2015 : Uplifting, Feel Good Stories. The inspirational, feel good stories posted in this section are from everyday visitors, like YOU, through our post a story page.

Inspirational Short Stories 2015 : Uplifting, Feel Good Stories

Please browse through the stories and then share yours! Learn To Appreciate By Sonia Kaur on September 29, 2015 / 172 views Appreciation are few words of praise which can enhance anybody's confidence and lack of appreciation puts you down, low in confidence. If you want be confident in every sphere of life then 'Learn to Appreciate'. The Art Of Letting Go By CeL on September 29, 2015 / 139 views "By letting go, you allow everything to find its rightful place. Gratitude Matters By Pamela on September 28, 2015 / 553 views As the new day begins, I remind myself that I have so much to be grateful for just outside my front door. It Really Does Get Better By Isra Catori on September 28, 2015 / 481 views There was a time when every new day was just an accident waiting to happen, in my mind.

The Unknown Loveliness. Writing toolkit - NZ Society of Authors. Resources - NZ Society of Authors. 7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful. There are some bloggers who seem to have a natural gift when it comes to writing. Some bloggers seem to be naturally gifted writers. They manage to get their ideas across clearly and economically, which means that readers can easily follow what they write. Readers devour their clear, economical prose. Not only is there a lot of respect for what they have to say, but also the way that they say it. People respect what they say – and love how they say it. Whenever they publish a new post on their blog, it always gets dozens of comments and hundreds of shares. It would be great to be as successful as they are, but you don’t know what you need to do to make your writing better. The good news is that there’s a secret you can easily learn which will improve everything you write from now on. The Unfair Advantage Popular Writers Try to Hide You know your writing heroes?

Think of your draft as a rough diamond. Somewhat unfair, right? No wonder their writing seems so much better than yours. 1. 2. 3. 33 Unusual Tips To Being A Better Writer. “Portrait of the Writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky,” Vasily Perov Back in college, my friend Sanket and I would hang out in bars and try to talk to women but I was horrible at it.

33 Unusual Tips To Being A Better Writer

Nobody would talk to me for more than thirty seconds, and every woman would laugh at all his jokes for what seemed like hours. Even decades later I think they are still laughing at his jokes. One time he turned to me and said, “The girls are getting bored when you talk. Your stories go on too long. Neil Gaiman’s Advice to Aspiring Writers. How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books – Real-World Case Studies. Who will be the JK Rowling of self-publishing?

How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books – Real-World Case Studies

How To Self-Publish A Bestseller: Publishing 3.0. Editor’s note: James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur.

How To Self-Publish A Bestseller: Publishing 3.0

His latest book, “Choose Yourself!” (foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) came out on June 3. Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. My most recent book, “Choose Yourself!” Sold 44,294 copies in its first month out [update: just tipped over 100,000 copies as of Dec 30] , hit the Wall Street Journal Bestseller list, was No. 1 on Amazon for all non-fiction books for a few days and is still flirting with No. 1 in its various categories.

Every entrepreneur should self-publish a book, because self-publishing is the new business card. Unfortunately, most people suck at it. The distinction now is no longer between “traditional publishing” versus “self-publishing.”