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How to Write a Book Pitch (and Why it Matters) finding a literary agent getting published Oct 01, 2023

How to write a killer book pitch is one of those questions all of us writers have grappled with at one point or another in our writing journeys.

We’re told it’s integral for our query...

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What is a Literary Agent? getting published literary agents Aug 20, 2023

What is a literary agent and what do they do? Do I need an agent to publish my novel?

Weve been tackling your questions on the publishing process this month, and are now turning from how to...

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How to Get a Book Published: 10 Steps getting published Aug 06, 2023

We often hear from writers who feel that the publishing process is shrouded in mystery, from submitting to literary agents to what happens at publishers’ acquisitions meetings. This month,...

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Second Novel Syndrome getting published meet the team Jun 04, 2023

Writing a second novel is a fascinating and often surprising experience. Everything you dreamed of through the hours of writing your first novel has come true: you’re lucky enough to have had...

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Trident Media Group Submissions: Ten Tips for a Perfect Package getting published literary agents Feb 05, 2023

If you’ve ever thought about getting yourself a literary agent, you’ve almost certainly looked into how you should put together your submissions package and write a cover letter for...

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Writing Competitions 2023 getting published writing competitions Jan 15, 2023

Writing contests are a great way to practice your skills, hone your craft and get your name out there among fellow fiction writers. They’re also fantastic opportunities for those working in...

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The Best Writing Podcasts getting published starting to write Dec 18, 2022

As writers, we may not always actually be writing – as much as we (mistakenly) tell ourselves we should be. But even in our downtime, we’re usually thinking about writing. And one of...

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How to Write a Cover Letter for a Book Submission getting published literary agents Nov 18, 2022

If you’re wondering how to write a book submission cover letter, first of all: congratulations! You’ve written a whole novel, and edited the completed manuscript so it’s ready to...

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Self-Publishing vs Traditional Publishing getting published Oct 16, 2022

You might be curious about self-publishing vs traditional publishing, perhaps now more than ever. In recent years we’ve seen self-published authors sky-rocket to fame and success...

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The Stages of Publishing: After the Book Deal getting published Jun 05, 2022

As a writer, it can be easy to amalgamate all the stages of publishing a novel into one (sometimes distant!) process. But it’s actually much more complex than that. There are lots of steps...

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How to Write a Hook for a Novel getting published novel writing process May 29, 2022

It’s a truth universally acknowledged in the publishing industry: if there’s one thing any writer needs to ensure success for their novel, it’s a good hook. It’s how...

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How To Write a Synopsis for a Novel editing your novel getting published Dec 05, 2021

If you want a literary agent to represent your book, you’re going to have to write a damned good novel synopsis. That’s right – it’s not enough to spend months of your...

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What Does an Editor Do? editing your novel getting published Aug 29, 2021

People within and outside the world of creative writing and professional publishing often wonder: what does an editor do? And why are there so many different types of editors we hear about?...

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