How to Grab an Editor’s Attention: Bragging (Politely) in Your Query Letter–With Example

  For those of you who are shy and don’t like bragging about your publishing credits for fear of being impolite, stop being shy!  Literary journal editors and literary agents WANT to hear about that stuff!  A query letter and a cover letter are like job interviews.  Proving that you’re a qualified writer helps you–andContinue reading “How to Grab an Editor’s Attention: Bragging (Politely) in Your Query Letter–With Example”

Tips on How to Win Writing Contests

Since this blog is for the underdog, the yet-to-be-discovered, the unpublished or occasionally published writers, we really need to start talking about writing contests.  While at this stage everything would be a “big break” in your writing career, winning a writing contest has a couple extra bonuses: Writing contests usually have a bit of moneyContinue reading “Tips on How to Win Writing Contests”

There’s Absolutely Nothing New or Interesting in the Publishing World

Or at least, if there is, I don’t know about it. I’m on vacation in Georgia this week with the best boyfriend in the world and it is a complete vacation.  I refuse to be chained to my computer or worry about all the NYU publishing institute homework I should be finishing up.  In fact, I leftContinue reading “There’s Absolutely Nothing New or Interesting in the Publishing World”

The Plan

Welcome to The (Writer’s) Waiting Room!  As anyone who’s ever gotten stuck in a real life doctor’s waiting room with nothing good to read knows, the wait can turn into a vortex of wasted, unproductive time.  It’s boring.  And, unless you want to make friends with that guy in the corner who might–definitely, probably–have swineContinue reading “The Plan”