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15 Tips for Writers: Electronic Submissions (E-Subs) And Submission Managers - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Using an online submission form (or submission manager) can be a very effective way to submit your short stories, personal essays, and poetry to literary journals and magazines. Although most literary agencies are not currently using submission managers, some do require writers to fill out online forms. Submitting online saves postage and time, and it’s easier to track your electronic submissions (e-subs) than traditional print submissions. At Writer’s Relief we’ve learned a few tricks over the years, and we’re happy to pass along these tips for making effective electronic submissions.

(Hint: Watch our video that demonstrates how to use an online submission manager!)

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Good Writing That Doesn’t Get Published: 5 Problems That Sabotage Your Efforts
Many times, writers come to us scratching their heads, wondering why their good writing isn’t getting published. If the writing in question truly is as competent as the author believes it to be, then the work isn’t the problem. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem elsewhere—or a solution. Here are five common problems that can sabotage your success rate, and the best ways to improve your odds of getting a positive response.

Good Writing That Doesn’t Get Published: 5 Problems That Sabotage Your Efforts

Many times, writers come to us scratching their heads, wondering why their good writing isn’t getting published. If the writing in question truly is as competent as the author believes it to be, then the work isn’t the problem. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem elsewhere—or a solution. Here are five common problems that can sabotage your success rate, and the best ways to improve your odds of getting a positive response.

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Top Reasons To Query Literary Agents Before Moving On To "Plan B" - Writer's Relief, Inc.

There are many paths to publishing these days—through online E-presses, self-publishing, print on demand, and independent or university-affiliated publishing houses. But most of the writers who come to Writer’s Relief dream of being among the small percentage of authors who publish their book with traditional publishing houses, like Penguin, Random House, or Hachette. We are often asked “Why does Writer’s Relief query literary agents before publishing houses?

To get the answer, we first have to offer a quick overview of agent-editor relationships.

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“Show, Don’t Tell”—How To Get It Right
Ah, “Show, don’t tell”—the words conjure up memories of red ink on high school English papers. But for many writers, knowing how to “show” and not “tell” is just as tricky now as it was in freshman year. So, what does it mean exactly?
Academic and technical writers are faced with the task of spelling things out for their audience; their job is to present information as clearly as possible. Their writing is all “tell” and no “show.” But as a creative writer, if you offer nothing but plain and factual details, you’re going to bore readers. Your job is to entertain, to elicit emotion, to activate the right sides of readers’ brains. And this is where showing, rather than telling, comes into play.
In creative writing, to “show” is to present a character trait, plot point, or aspect of setting through thoughts, senses, actions, metaphors, or another literary device. In other words, you don’t want to  tell the reader that a character is a certain way; rather, you want to provide clues for the reader to deduce it on his or her own.

“Show, Don’t Tell”—How To Get It Right

Ah, “Show, don’t tell”—the words conjure up memories of red ink on high school English papers. But for many writers, knowing how to “show” and not “tell” is just as tricky now as it was in freshman year. So, what does it mean exactly?

Academic and technical writers are faced with the task of spelling things out for their audience; their job is to present information as clearly as possible. Their writing is all “tell” and no “show.” But as a creative writer, if you offer nothing but plain and factual details, you’re going to bore readers. Your job is to entertain, to elicit emotion, to activate the right sides of readers’ brains. And this is where showing, rather than telling, comes into play.

In creative writing, to “show” is to present a character trait, plot point, or aspect of setting through thoughts, senses, actions, metaphors, or another literary device. In other words, you don’t want to tell the reader that a character is a certain way; rather, you want to provide clues for the reader to deduce it on his or her own.

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The Writer’s Relief Review Board is OPEN! (Deadline: TODAY! JUNE 12TH)

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Writer’s Relief is an author’s submission service (not a literary agency, publisher, or publicity firm). We help creative writers get published by targeting their poems, essays, short stories, and books to the best-suited literary agents or editors of literary journals.

We can help you get published. We will:

  • Identify the best literary agents for your book manuscript. Literary agents are key to publishing your novel, memoir, or nonfiction book.
  • Identify the best literary journals for your poetry, short story, or personal essay.
  • Create your cover or query letters.
  • Proofread and format your submissions.
  • Develop strategies that get literary agents and editors excited about your writing.
  • Make more time for you to write without sacrificing the quality and efficiency of your submissions.
  • Help you get published more often in reputable markets.

Send Us Your Best Work Now!

Submit Here: http://www.writersrelief.com/review_board/

Submission Guidelines: http://www.writersrelief.com/submission-guidelines-for-review-board/

Review Board FAQ: http://www.writersrelief.com/submission-guidelines-for-review-board/#reviewboardfaqs

(For more information about Writer’s Relief, visit www.writersrelief.com)

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3 Quick Cures For Writer's Block

Sooner or later, every writer comes down with a case of the blahs. Whether it’s just a touch of writing feverishly or a full-blown rash of rejection letters, you — and your writing — both suffer. Fortunately, for the most commonly diagnosed writing ailments, there are quick cures to combat what ails you.

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Sentence Length: The Power Of Placing Periods - Writer's Relief Blog

As writers, we are advised to vary sentence length in our work or run the risk of either boring the reader to death or coming off as an amateur. Readers of creative writing are heavily influenced by the flow of the writing and can easily be turned off by work that consists of nothing but three-word sentences or page-long paragraphs of long, loopy sentences. Punctuation matters!

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Submit Short Stories! Learn How To Get Your Stories Published!

Want to submit short stories for publication?

Writer’s Relief has been helping writers submit short stories since 1994. Submitting short stories to literary journals can be challenging, especially if you’re going it alone!

These great articles will help you research and target markets where you can submit your short stories!

Here, you’ll find everything you need to know to submit your short prose professionally and strategically to literary journals and publishers.

Enjoy our Short Story Submissions Writers Tool Kit!

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Short Story Or Novella? What’s The Difference And Where To Publish Shorter Fiction - Writer's Relief, Inc.

How do you know if your short prose is a short story or a novella? How long is a short story? A novella? What’s the difference? If you want to get your short story or novella published, you’ll need to know who is publishing your type of fiction—and you’ll need to know the best way to target your writing to literary agents and editors of literary magazines.

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5 Techniques To Develop Your Short Story Into A Novel
So you’ve written a short story. You’ve revised it, edited it, and condensed it down to 3,500 (or fewer!) words of perfection. Then a thought crosses your mind: After all that work cutting out words—should I now add thousands more and turn my short story into a novel? The answer is…maybe.

5 Techniques To Develop Your Short Story Into A Novel

So you’ve written a short story. You’ve revised it, edited it, and condensed it down to 3,500 (or fewer!) words of perfection. Then a thought crosses your mind: After all that work cutting out words—should I now add thousands more and turn my short story into a novel? The answer is…maybe.

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