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Publishing Tips & Topics

16 Things NOT to Include in a Query Letter


If you want to be published in a magazine or by a traditional book publisher, chances are that you’ll have to submit a query letter at some point. At its most basic, a query letter is simply a letter that details your project and your writing credentials to a prospective editor, agent, or publisher. Yet …

Publishing Tips & Topics

The Courtesy of “No, Thank You.”


Last week I read an article in The Independent about why it is important for publishers, agents, and others in the traditional publishing industry to treat writers with respect. (While you can read the piece for yourself, the long and short of it is this: Self-publishing is on the rise and if traditional publishing alienates …

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The Positives of Rejection


Rejection stinks. Whether it’s your fault or beyond your control, it hurts. Nobody likes getting that email that says, “Sorry, but your dreams of publication are going to have to wait because we’re not taking this project.” However, there are some positive aspects to rejection. Once you get past the hurt, you may be able …

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Sometimes Rejection Is Your Fault


Yesterday’s post was about how rejection isn’t always your fault. Sometimes you get rejected for reasons that have nothing to do with you or the work you’re submitting. That’s a comforting thought because it may mean that your work is actually good. However, it’s also possible that the rejection was entirely your fault. (Harsh, but …

Freelance Writing Advice, Publishing Tips & Topics

Rejection Isn’t Always Your Fault


Writers tend to take rejection personally. After all, it’s our hours and days of work that are being judged. Most rejections are far from personal, though, and may, in fact, have nothing to do with the work you’re submitting. In other words, rejection might not be your fault. That’s the (sort of) good news. The …