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Write Your Own Adventure Finalists

April 13, 2012 blog Comments Off on Write Your Own Adventure Finalists

First, we just want to say that there were so many wonderful entries this year. Each writer brought something unique to the table with his or her work. There were many manuscripts that we didn’t get to pick that we still wish we could read. We truly wish we could have given everyone a free editorial consultation. Thank you so much to everyone who shared their work!

Drum roll, please…

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The Scrabble Strategy for Writers

March 21, 2012 blog, Notes on Editing 1 Comment
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I love to play Scrabble. Probably like many writers and literary buffs, I enjoy Scrabble because it gives me yet another way to use my extensive vocabulary. It appeals to my love of words.

The problem is I almost never win.

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Writing Contest!

March 1, 2012 blog Comments Off on Writing Contest!

Today there are more options to getting your book published than ever. Figuring out which route is best for you is a lot like a Choose Your Own Adventure story: no author travels the same path, and there are as many roads to publication as there are writers. Whether your goal is to pitch your book to a publisher, acquire an agent, or self-publish (digitally or conventionally), we want to help you find the route that best suits you and your writing, so we’ve designed this writers’ contest to do just that.

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Writing Your Own Adventure

February 24, 2012 blog, Notes on Editing Comments Off on Writing Your Own Adventure

It doesn’t take an industry insider to realize that publishing is evolving. The advent of e-readers and digital publishing has shattered traditional definitions of “book” and “publisher,” and the possibilities for writers seeking publication are more diverse than ever before. Digital hasn’t killed paper-and-ink books or brick-and-mortar publishing houses, but it has opened more doors for aspiring authors.

Pitching to a publisher, working through an agent, and self-publishing are all viable options that have been successful for a number of authors. Not sure which path to take yourself? Take these three shining examples, who all went in different directions in their journeys toward publication.

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