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Helping Authors Make the Best Decisions for Their Careers
Helping Authors Make the Best Decisions for Their Careers

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Building on my latest book, THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER, I’ve created half-day and full-day workshops to teach the key principles of building a business model as a writer. Here are upcoming events so far this year.
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"If you’re determined to transition readers quickly through various scenes occurring at discordant times, skillful handling of tenses, and particularly of the no-longer-taught past perfect or pluperfect tense, becomes vital." —Peter Selgin
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A sentimental story opening thrusts feelings at the reader with no basis—it is emotion in excess of experience.
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Agent Sarah Davies: "I receive submissions all the time from teens and teachers who say, 'I’m young—I’ve worked with the young—and therefore my book is super-authentic!' Sadly, that’s not enough."
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"Last year I met an author at a writers’ conference who published a science fiction book about five years ago. The book was long, 400 pages, and he said nothing really happened with it. He told me, 'If I had known then what I know now, my book could have done so much better.' And I said, 'Why not re-release it?'" Marketer Penny Sansevieri discusses several scenarios where it can be smart to relaunch your book.
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"Where to begin? Of all the questions that harass novelists and others with a story to tell, it has to be the peskiest. The question comes down to structure. Not what happened, i.e. the series of events that make a story, but the order in which those events are conveyed." —Peter Selgin
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"Though the author didn’t achieve her dream of a debut with the Big Five [publisher], she did land a deal with a reputable press, and she was able to leverage the investments she’d made in her creative writing education in the form of endorsements that aided her in launching her career." —Susan DeFreitas
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Writer Kim Brooks discusses how her creative writing students have been producing stories with shootings, stabbings, overdoses, and other TV-inspired physical insults. When she asks her students to avoid adding to the body count, their response: “Violence is interesting.” But is it?
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Writing for businesses is a way for skilled writers to earn a good, dependable income. Someone is responsible for writing all the websites, brochures, and marketing materials out there. Why not you?
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“The writer’s task isn’t to answer the question, but to frame it correctly.” —Chekhov
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