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Writers of Today, It Matters

Lately, I’ve found typo after typo on MSN news snippets from stories plucked from places like The Associated Press, or other reputable news feeds. While my eyes are freshly rolling, I thought I’d revisit a post I made a few years ago.

***Writers of Today, It Matters***

An education doesn’t always mean a writer can capture your attention. Even those with years of experience might leave you to hunger for something more profound. Or the pen artists with a natural ability for prose can fall short of fulfilling a story. Nothing guarantees a writer’s success.

Nothing.

But the internet has empowered people to become writers regardless of education, experience, or natural ability. They type across blog pages, or self-publish a novel, and pray someone will fall in love with their words. Unknown people become journalists and authors overnight. And this is Fab-tastical! (Even for making up words.)

So what’s the problem? The lack of planning, researching, and editing before publishing. No matter who you are…read the rest .

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Publishing 101 by Jane Friedman #Giveaway

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For over 20 years, Jane Friedman has been in the book and magazine publishing industry, with expertise in digital media and the future of authorship. She speaks around the world at events such as BookExpo America, Frankfurt Book Fair, and Digital Book World, and has keynoted writing conferences such as The Muse & The Marketplace.You can read her entire BIO/Resume here.

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Back in 2014, Jane published a book offering insights into the industry called Publishing 101. This is a great book for first time authors trying to gain some knowledge on the publishing world. Which, is why I’ve decided to giveaway two free copies (your choice Kindle or paperback). The table of contents reads:

Introduction: The Dirty Secret About Writing Advice
Chapter 1: The Psychological Battle
Chapter 2: Are You Ready to Face the Business of Publishing?
Chapter 3: A Few Words on Craft
Chapter 4: How to Get Traditionally Published
Chapter 5: Understanding the Self-Publishing Path
Chapter 6: The Basics of Author Platform
Chapter 7: Marketing and Promotion for New Authors
Chapter 8: Author Websites and Blogs
Chapter 9: The Key Principles of Online Marketing and Social Media
Chapter 10: Rights and Legal Issues
Chapter 11: Advice on the Writing Life
Chapter 12: The Future of Publishing

The giveaway will run from November 5th, 2016 (12am CST) to November 11, 2016 (12am CST). To enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter, go here. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Writers of Today, It Matters

An education doesn’t always mean a writer can capture your attention. Even those with years of experience might leave you to hunger for something more profound. Or the pen artists with a natural ability for prose can fall short of fulfilling a story. Nothing guarantees a writer’s success.

Nothing.

But the internet has empowered people to become writers regardless of education, experience, or natural ability. They type across blog pages, or self-publish a novel, and pray someone will fall in love with their words. Unknown people become journalists and authors overnight. And this is Fab-tastical! (Even for making up words.)

So what’s the problem? The lack of planning, researching, and editing before publishing. No matter who you are, people will eventually tire of constant misspelled words, repetition of the same word ten times in a brief paragraph, or saying the main character from your novel shot a villain with a pistol 500 yards away…which I’m not sure is even possible.

Don’t rush your work and lose credibility as a writer because you error too often. Edit beyond using spellcheck. Read outloud what you write to hear how it flows off your tongue. Research to get facts straight so your story sounds plausible. And although a degree isn’t needed, educate yourself in the field you wish to pursue.

Disclaimer: This post was not written due to vomiting through a cold toilet seat which offered no comfort for reading a horribly written journalist’s story and wondering how the heck he got paid. Just sayin’.

As always, best of luck. Now go forth and write.

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and Writer of MG/YA Fiction