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How to turn autobiography into memoir for publishing success. Every month, I work writers on projects intended to be memoir that instead read as autobiography. Some have received this very feedback in rejections from agents and editors. Others belong to writing communities where members simply do not understand the difference between forms, chalking every craft […]

Craft and Revision, Publishing
March 2, 2022
Help! Am I Writing a Memoir or Autobiography?
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Q: I’ve decided to self-publish my book on Amazon. How can I get readers to actually buy copies? A: Although it’s vital to first write a professional-quality book on a topic people want to read, certain marketing strategies make for a successful self-published launch. It helps to remember: most writers are not marketing professionals–they spend […]

January 25, 2022
How Do I Market My Self-Published Book?
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3 Essential Tips for Openings  The rise of online submissions systems means your manuscript will first be encountered by agents and editors in digital format. Form affects experience; people’s attention spans are shorter online. Add to this the fact that agents and publications lack the staff to read thousands of unsolicited submissions to completion, and […]

Craft and Revision, Publishing
November 18, 2021
How To Hook Readers
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What’s the difference? Most clients who reach out don’t really know what a book coach does versus what services an editor offers.   They may not even know exactly what their manuscript needs.  Often, all authors intuit is: they can’t finish / they want feedback / they need to know if a book is on the […]

Craft and Revision, Publishing, The Writing Process
October 28, 2021
Should I Hire A Book Coach Or An Editor?
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Q: Do you ever wish that you never started writing?  “I am a new author, with two books self-published to date. I have a good life, a supportive husband and children, but for some reason I’m not happy because all I think about is book sales and trying to make it big. I have never in my life […]

Inspiration, Publishing
October 1, 2021
Read This Before You Give Up Writing.
give up writing
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Question: Are book coaches and freelance editors a scam? No one used them a hundred years ago. Answer: It’s essential to understand the HISTORY of the publishing industry to understand how it has evolved in the 21st Century. Independent book coaches and professional editors with integrity (—unfortunately, shady folks exist within any industry—) did not […]

Inspiration, Publishing
September 10, 2021
Are Book Coaches and Editors a Scam?
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Can you make a living as a writer? Is writing worth the time and effort if we can’t make money from our creative endeavors? Am I even a “real writer” if I don’t make a living from my writing? The Writing Cycle’s upcoming coaching series explores the anxiety that arises when the need for market value collides with personal motivations for making art. This […]

Inspiration, Publishing, The Creative Life
April 28, 2018
Can You Make a Living as a Writer?
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Making something from nothing is one of the most challenging endeavors humans engage in. After all, creative efforts are rife with uncertainty; outcomes can rarely be assured. So, how, then, do we sustain momentum on long, iffy projects? One answer is to look to those who have succeeded – and note how their advice reflects a reverence for purpose, […]

Inspiration, Publishing, The Writing Process
May 15, 2017
Encouraging Quotes for Writers
The Writing Cycle blog
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Are you giving editors a reason to stop reading? Before submitting to literary magazines, ensure your manuscript doesn’t contain these common errors. As a fiction writer, I’ve felt the sting of rejection more than I’d like to admit. It can take years to craft a story that resonates with readers. After all that effort, wouldn’t it be […]

July 12, 2015
Top Reasons Your Writing Was Rejected
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  The rise of online submissions systems means it’s likely your manuscript will first be encountered by editors in digital format. Form affects experience – people’s attention spans are shorter online. Add to this the fact that many publications and agencies lack the staff to read thousands of unsolicited submissions to completion, and it becomes […]

Craft and Revision, Publishing
May 16, 2015
How to Hook Readers: 3 Essential Tips for Openings
Hook readers with openings that captivate.



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