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Common Mistakes In Online Submissions To Literary Agents And Editors

Submitting a book online to literary agents, or submitting poetry, stories, and prose online to editors, poses great potential for error. Today’s creative writer needs to know how to make successful online submissions. If you’re submitting essays, poetry, and short stories, you can submit your writing directly to an editor at a literary magazine using an online submission form, also known as a submission manager. If you’re submitting a novel to a publisher or a literary agent, you may opt to send a query letter by email (an e-query) rather than by regular mail.

Taking advantage of technology is smart. Unfortunately, writers often make mistakes when submitting online, which can result in their work not being considered for publication.

Avoid these common mistakes when using online submission forms (submission managers).

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Writers: How To Network in the Writing Community - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Never underestimate the importance of networking as a writer. Are you looking to develop your writing skills? Want to learn more writing and publishing strategies? Don’t know how to start revising your short story or poem? Need to rid yourself of writer’s block? Connecting with other writers by networking within the community can be the key to improving your creative writing. Here are some suggestions for networking with other writers in your area.

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It took me years to learn to sit at my desk for more than two minutes at a time, to put up with the solitude and the terror of failure, and the godawful silence and the white paper. And now that I can take it … now that I can finally do it … I’m really raring to go.
Erica Jong

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Four Things Writers Can Learn From Fairy Tales (Besides Never Eat The Free Apple) - Writer’s Relief Blog
Everyone has a favorite fairy tale. Who could resist a story with a winning hero, a dastardly villain, and everything turning out for the best at the end? But fairy tales are more than simple stories with pat conclusions. There are some very good reasons why these bedtime stories are enduring classics. Here are four fundamental elements found in every time-tested fairy tale that can help you create your own unforgettable stories.

Four Things Writers Can Learn From Fairy Tales (Besides Never Eat The Free Apple) - Writer’s Relief Blog

Everyone has a favorite fairy tale. Who could resist a story with a winning hero, a dastardly villain, and everything turning out for the best at the end? But fairy tales are more than simple stories with pat conclusions. There are some very good reasons why these bedtime stories are enduring classics. Here are four fundamental elements found in every time-tested fairy tale that can help you create your own unforgettable stories.

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How To Write A Synopsis For A Novel - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Writers HATE the job of writing a book synopsis. As anxiety escalates, so many questions may rush through their minds: “What is a literary agent looking for in my synopsis or summary? How many details should I include about my novel? Should I explain my setting and characters in my book synopsis or just stick to the basic plot?”

If you’re having trouble and are procrastinating writing your synopsis, don’t despair. Writer’s Relief can help!

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Do Self-Published Book Authors Need A Literary Agent? - Writer’s Relief Blog
Back in the early days of self-publishing, it was generally held that self-published book authors did not need a literary agent.
Even today, many self-published authors choose to release their books on their own because they don’t want to pay the fees associated with literary agencies. Also, they want to keep a larger percentage of their royalties.
But something interesting is starting to happen in the publishing industry. Literary agents are increasingly willing to work with authors who prefer to self-publish—and who have little to no interest at all in traditional publishing.
This is not a widespread trend yet, but it is something to watch.

Do Self-Published Book Authors Need A Literary Agent? - Writer’s Relief Blog

Back in the early days of self-publishing, it was generally held that self-published book authors did not need a literary agent.

Even today, many self-published authors choose to release their books on their own because they don’t want to pay the fees associated with literary agencies. Also, they want to keep a larger percentage of their royalties.

But something interesting is starting to happen in the publishing industry. Literary agents are increasingly willing to work with authors who prefer to self-publish—and who have little to no interest at all in traditional publishing.

This is not a widespread trend yet, but it is something to watch.

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