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Research Ideas You May Have Missed (Part 2)

In part 2 of Research Ideas You May Have Missed, I have 2 additional helps and 2 final thoughts. I also have some quotes from other writers in the trenches who answered my question, “Besides the internet, what are some ways you conduct research?”

Valerie R. Federoff, a freelance writer and tutor at Write 2 Teach says, “Everything is fodder for inspiration and research.

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Research Ideas You May Have Missed (part 1)

As promised, my next two to three posts will deal with research methods and ways for finding new markets. Authors, freelancers and business people have to do this on a regular basis. It’s hard to separate the two because doing research will often provide you with ideas for new markets and thoughts about new projects. I suggest keeping a separate notepad nearby just for information you find that could be used at a later date.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Purpose

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard

When I started writing this blog, I had three purposes in mind.

1. Sharing my writing journey; showing the victories and difficulties of freelance writing.
2. Expressing my thoughts on the craft of writing and encouraging other people who want to write better for their profession or their pleasure. Many have encouraged me.

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When Editing Gets Away From You (A Confession)

Writing in Color - EraserWhen I started this blog I said that it would include my writing journey, which I have done to some extent. However, I haven’t shared one of my handicaps as a writer. I love writing, but I also like killing. Yep. I bring words to life and then I take them out back and shoot them. This we call fun. In general this is a good quality for a writer to have,

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Receiving and Rising Above Rejection

Peter-computer-smallSomehow, I inherently realized that not everything I wrote would be a success. I understood rejection was part of the process. I was also stubborn – I mean persistent. It’s still difficult to receive a standard, “This does not meet our editorial needs.” I’ve learned to celebrate my victories and make them shine brighter than multiple rejections. In this post I am referring to shorter pieces, but many of the thoughts may apply to books as well.

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Organize: 5 Ways in 15 Minutes a Day

“Where did I put that editor’s phone number?”

Most creative types have some difficulty with organization. I’m no exception. Everyone misplaces their keys, but we seem to have a more difficult time with order. Surprisingly, we can be good at rearranging words, but poor at keeping track in other areas.

Over the years I’ve discovered this: Find what works for you. There are endless suggestions,

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Writer’s Reality Check

Today’s post is about books, traditional publishing and selling. Sometimes there’s a difference in what certain authors and promoters believe and what publishers and booksellers actually do. Over the four years I worked at a bookstore, some phrases were repeated often but were half-true at best. They are entertaining and worth sharing (with explanations).

Writing - Book round“My book is out, now it’s time to promote!” Start sooner. There is an odd policy in the book distribution industry that says you can return any items for credit and get something else within a period of time.

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To Free or Not to Free

Should I write for free? Should I only write when money or other payment is offered? There are strong opinions on both sides of the freelancing fence.

The Debate:

  • On the plus side, having some bylines and credits doesn’t hurt, and this can be one way to start. Your next prospect is unlikely to ask how much you got paid for what you wrote.
  • You may choose to help a local organization,

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Writing is Not Always a Novel Idea

Writing: Not a Novel Idea“So, you’re a writer? What is your book is about?”

If you are a freelance writer you’ve heard this phrase frequently. You may explain that you write short stories, devotions, how-to articles, as well as information pieces, advertising, and copy for websites.

“So one day you will write a book?”

“Maybe so” I might add, “Right now I’m content with what I’m doing.”

They don’t believe me.

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Writing: Shorts, Stats, and Sales

Writing: Shorts and Stats 2One purpose of this blog is sharing my writing journey. Today I’m pulling back the curtain regarding my experience writing smaller pieces between 200-250 words, often called shorts. Many of these are devotions, poems, shorter stories, and even greeting cards. They can also be fillers, bios, or short columns.

These are submitted as completed manuscripts rather than through inquiry or assignment. This is only one aspect of things I’ve done.

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