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A Perfect Day for Writers
by Mary Anne Hahn
In one of the exercises in my "Getting Started as a Freelance Writer" workshop, I ask participants to describe what a "perfect day" would be like for them.

Realize Your Book Dream In 2005!
by Judy Cullins
If you haven't realized the success you wanted last year, here's a way to reap the harvest with 86% improvement! Important goals need to be put at the top of your to-do list. If you put them on the back burner, you will not be sharing your unique talent to help others, you will not reap the reward of ongoing, lifelong income, you will not build credibility as the expert, and you will miss one of life's greatest adventures.

How to Outline your Book and Chapters with Mindmapping
by Judy Cullins
Mindmapping is better than linear outlining because authors can use flexible thinking and relativity in writing their book. One can add and subtract a thought or phrase from a mindmap easily. Use this color-coded way to outline your book and chapters.

Know Your Editing Choices
by Judy Cullins
Each author has special editing needs. To save yourself time and money, look at the choices below and decide which kind of editing suits your needs.

Bring Out the Natural Writer in You
by Judy Cullins
Putting a book together can be daunting. But no, you don't need to hire a ghostwriter. You don't need to do research. Your readers simply want answers to their challenges and questions. Save time, frustration and still get your book out within a month or so when you use my "Fast-Forward Writing Techniques."

Sick of the Traditional Publishing Path?
by Judy Cullins
Avoid the myths of traditional marketing and get real information from a professional book coach of 20 plus years. As an author's advocate, I step out of the traditional box and encourage you talented writers to do so too.

Extend Your Book's Life With a Sales Letter
by Judy Cullins
Authors, publishers and business owners are great at getting their books written and launched. But after the initial one-year honeymoon, sales slow down. To counter this, make sure to let your audience know about your book's benefits and how it can help them in their lives. Keep your book alive and selling well for years when you write a sales letter.

Greatness
by Laurent Grenier
What is the worst evil in the world? Wouldn't you agree that it is what prevents the achievement of everything that is good? And what prevents this achievement more than the weakness in a person's very soul that leads this person along the path of mediocrity, or worse, criminality? Let's take a look at this evil, first in the context of writing, then more generally in the context of living.

Writing Help
by Jack Thompson
Everyone has struggled with their writing at one time or another. This article outlines various ways to get help with writing and how one can improve their writing skills.

Editing for Perfection – The Personal Statement
by Elaine Millward
Editing your personal statement for university submission is often difficult. This article is a practical guide packed with inspirational and easy to follow advice on how to edit a personal statement - this article will tell you everything you need to know, regarding editing and building tension in your writing.

Making Freelance Writing Niche Types Fit: A Few Niche Types by Definition and Description
by Roxanne McDonald
We must make freelance niche types fit our needs, wants, values and lifestyles, and we also must make ourselves fit freelance niche types. Of our waking hours, we work more than we do anything else. I keep this in mind when college students come to me concerned about what to do for a living, and I tell them (because I want them happy) to do what they love. I also tell them (because I believe in the truth) to…

Memoir Writing Help, Memoir Writing Ideas
by Roxanne McDonald
You might not need any memoir writing help, per se, as you know your past and you know quite well how to write, thank you. You might instead just need someone to inspire you, motivate you, give you a nudge--with some memoir writing ideas. Here are a few prompts to stimulate your memory and to encourage your creativity...

Memories Don't Fade Like Hair Does: Memoir Writing Help for You, Our Elders, to Tell Your Story
by Roxanne McDonald
~~~Old age, to the unlearned, is winter; to the learned, it's harvest time. ~ Yiddish saying~~~ You can tell your life story by biography, which is a whole book that starts from the start and ends at (or near) the end. But if you don't want to take on such a huge task, you can tell your story in snippets and snatches, through memoir writing.

Write Your Way Into University – The Personal Statement
by Elaine Millward
This article includes valuable information on writing a personal statement for university admission-- with impact.

Raise Your Hand If You'd Consider Giving Up The Rights To Your Book Forever
by Mark Levine
Print-on-demand book publishing contracts are often filled with legalese that can result in authors being stripped of their rights. Learn what to look for before you sign a publishing contract.

Writing Tips for your Journey
by Laura Hickey
Aren't sure how to start writing...6 tips to get you on the right track.

Time-Saving Skills to Get More from Your Writing
by Jim Green
As you set out to create your first niche non-fiction book (and hopefully your first bestseller), you will be supported by a strong motivation to keep your mind focused on the essential business at hand i.e. complete the project, achieve publication, and hit the bestseller lists. Before that can happen though, you’ll need a plan to get you underway.

A Few Brief Tips to Deal with Writing Rejection
by Laura Hickey
Feeling down about your writing rejection? Here's 3 brief tips to help you deal.

Do You Long To See Your Books Published And Selling From The Major Chains?
by Jim Green
To have your work accepted for hard copy publication is a thrilling achievement but to have it bomb at the bookstores is to see your reputation go down the tubes simultaneously. And so to avoid this unpleasant scenario, I have developed over the years a series of 160 vital steps; steps that not only get my books published and into the major chains but selling online and offline as bestsellers in their genre.

Where to Look for Your Next Project when You’re Writing for Profit
by Jim Green
When my first book “Starting Your Own Business” was published way back in 1995, I thought that was it. I reckoned I’d never write another one. But I was wrong. It has enjoyed many reprints, multiple editions, and proceeded over the years to generate another seven disparate titles from the same topic.

Ways to Make Extra Income Using the Internet
by Jim Green
To capitalize on ways to make extra income you can (and should) use the Internet for test marketing: (a) To establish demand for your extra income idea. (b) To prepare yourself to take advantage of other ways to make extra income i.e. developing a residual income stream.

Freelance Writing: How Many Regular Clients Should You Have?
by Nick Usborne
Being a freelance writer often means you are in a position of 'feast or famine' - too much work or two little. The trick is to find the best balance, and achieve a profitable middle ground.

Discover the Writer Hiding Inside You
by Elizabeth Hall
Has the thought run across you mind that you might want to write a column or two? Maybe you thought about writing your own material for your company newsletter. Maybe someone asked you to share your expertise with others by writing a how-to paper. Then the voice of fear spoke up and you decide maybe not this time. Here are a few tips to get started on the road to writing.

Multiplying Sales As A Writer
by L C Peterson
Tips and techniques for writers to multiply their sales. How can a writer make more money for his or her efforts?

Writing - Copyrights and Trademarks Protect You
by Marilyn Schwader
When most people consider writing a book, they don't think about Trademarks. However, I highly recommend that you leverage your writing for multiple purposes, and that's why registering a Trademark for your concept is a good idea. If you use your writing as the basis for workshops and other products, it's in your best interests to protect your concepts with a Trademark.

Novel to Screenplay: The Challenges of Adaptation
by Lynne Pembroke
Some basic steps when adapting a novel to the screenplay form. In this article, we'll take a look at this challenge and a few others that a writer may encounter when adapting a novel to screenplay form.

Tips for First Time Authors : 2 Easy Steps to Make Your First Book a Success
by Kim Dushinski
Are you a first time author? Do you wonder how to get started promoting it? Ever wish you knew the most common mistakes that other first time authors make so you can avoid them? Discover two easy steps to starting off right with your first book.

Hunting for Markets Over the Holidays
by Dr. Erika Dreifus
Chances are, you'll be busy over the next several weeks. Between preparing for, celebrating, and unwinding from the holidays it may be difficult to maintain your regular writing routine. And if researching potential homes for your work is part of that routine-as it is for many of us who regularly submit stories, essays, poems, articles, and reviews for publication-you may be worried about falling behind. But there are many ways to keep up with your market-hunting over the holidays.

Linguaphone Language Learning Solutions
by Madhur Bajaj
Secret of success and way out for Language Learning Solutions...

You Can Be An Author
by Crystal Paine
“You should write a book.” For years, I had been hearing this comment. Writing an entire book seemed completely overwhelming, and so, for a long time, I contented myself with writing short articles. One day, inspiration for an article hit me and, as I started writing, paragraphs began flowing out at an enormous rate. Before I knew it, a rather lengthy piece was developing. It was too long to be an article, so, I decided it would not hurt to try self-publishing a little booklet. Was I ever surprised! The first printing of this 32-page black and white booklet sold out within a week.

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