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25 book Publishers Open to Submissions

I'm always checking out sites for new writers. I've been writing and publishing for a long time, so people are always asking me questions. This time I discovered Authorspublish.com. These guys are dedicated to helping authors build their writing careers and become successful.  They will send you for free via email reviews of book publishers that are actually accepting submissions with or without agents.
If you have a manuscript that you think is worthy of being published then this list of 25 publishers may work for you. This list is all open to submissions, so if your work has been rejected by other publishing houses then check these out. Good luck and happy writing!


(List compiled by Author Publish)
1.    Harlequin.
Many famous romance writers got their start at Harlequin. They were acquired by Harper Collins a number of years ago. Their submission process is very user friendly. 

2.    Page Street Publishing
Page Street Publishing is a publisher of full color, mostly hardcover, gift books, cookbooks, and craft books, as well as children's and young adult books. Most of them have an important visual component. They are distributed through Macmillan in every country but Canada (where they have a different distributor). They publish around 60 titles a year.

3.    Workman Publishing 
Workman Publishing is a large independent publishing company that now includes a number of separate imprints. The imprints include large established companies like Algonquin Books (which unfortunately does not allow unsolicited submissions). The original Workman imprint is open to unagented submissions. They focus on publishing exclusively nonfiction books for children and adults, as well as calendars. They do not accept unsolicited picture book submissions. 

4.    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Founded in 1911 and located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company is an independent publisher of religious books. They have a large range, including academic books and reference works in theology, biblical studies, and religious history, as well as popular titles in spirituality, social and cultural criticism, and as literature. They also have an imprint for young readers. They are primarily a print publisher with excellent distribution. My local independent bookstore regularly carries a number of their titles.

5.    Gibbs Smith
Gibbs Smith is an established publisher with good distribution and a focus on cookbooks, interior design and architecture books, and board books for children. They have published a number of bestsellers, including a board book version of Pride & Prejudice

6.    Lyrical Press
Lyrical Press is an electronic only imprint of Kensington, a large independent publisher. Kensington and Lyrical both publish mainstream novels and seem to put a fair amount of pressure on the authors to promote their books. They publish a large number of books per year.

7.    Persea Books
This is a respected publisher of fiction, nonfiction and poetry manuscripts, and literary young adults novels. The work they publish receives good distribution, particularly in academic circles. 

8.    Andrews McMeel
Andrews McMeel is a large publishing house that publishes up to 150 books a year. They are one of the largest publishers that will read proposals by authors that have not been previously published and do not have an agent. 

9.    Haymarket Books
Haymarket Books is an established nonfiction publisher with excellent distribution. They are interested in publishing manuscripts that are accessible to a wide range of progressive and radical political activists. These books should also be useful to an academic audience. They do not publish dissertations.

10.      Holiday House
Holiday House is an established and reputable children's book publisher. Holiday House has been around for over 75 years. They publish picture books as well as books aimed at children grades 1-3, grades 4-6, and grades 7 and up. They are based out of New York City. They have published many well known books and authors, including Kenneth Grahame. The books that they have published have won numerous respected awards and honors. 

11.      Timber Press
Timber Press was founded in 1978 and publishes work about the natural world by experts in the fields of gardening, horticulture, and natural history. They were bought by the Workman Publishing Company in 2006. Timber Press is recognized internationally as a leading gardening publisher and their books have received awards from the American Horticultural Society, the Garden Writers of America, the Garden Media Guild, and the National Garden Club of America. They have published a number of bestsellers, including Marta McDowell's Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life. They are based out of Portland, Oregon. 

12.      Skyhorse Publishing
Skyhorse Publishing is one of the largest small presses in the United States. They were founded in 2006.  Over the past couple of years they have started to acquire other small presses. Skyhorse started out focused on publishing nonfiction and that is still their primary interest. However they have imprints that are interested in publishing work in other genres that you can see on their site. 

13.      Familius
Familius is a newer publisher, established in the last few years, but the head editor is established and has a good track record of working at other publishing companies. The books they publish cover a wide range of topics and are for varied audiences. They publish nonfiction for adults, often aimed at healthy eating, and family values. They also publish fiction and nonfiction for children of all ages including young adults. 


14. TCK Publishing

TCK Publishing was founded in 2011 by Tom Corson-Knowles. Tom Corson-Knowles is also an author and has published a number of his own books through TCK Publishing. It's not clear if he started TCK Publishing as a way to self-publish, but it is clear that TCK has moved past that, publishing many books, on a number subjects, by many authors.

15.  Sourcebooks Casablanca

Sourcebooks was founded in 1987, and in 1996 Sourcebooks Casablanca joined the family and from the start they have focused on publishing romance. They publish romances that fall within the following subgenres: paranormal romance, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, erotic romance, and historical romance (prior to 1900). 
16. Thread

Thread is a new nonfiction imprint from Bookouture which is owned by Hachette. We never review presses that are less than two years old but we are open to reviewing new imprints of established presses and Thread very much falls into that category.
17.  Duckworth Books

Duckworth Books was started in 1898, is one of Britain's oldest independent presses, and it has published many well-known and influential authors over the years. 

18.   Thames & Hudson

Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their goal was to create a 'museum without walls' and it is named after the rivers flowing through London and New York. They have over 2,000 titles in print. They publish high-quality books in the following categories: the arts (fine, applied, decorative, performing), architecture, design, photography, fashion, film and music, archaeology, history, popular culture, and children's books. Their head offices are in London. 
19.   CamCat Publishing

CamCat Books is a small independent publisher that was founded in 2019. CamCat Books publishes novel-length genre fiction aimed at adults as well as young adults. 
20.    Levine Querido
Arthur A. Levine Books was an imprint of Scholastic Inc. that was founded in 1996 and as of 2019 they parted ways with Scholastic and since 2019 they have been Levine Querido. They publish hardcover literary fiction and nonfiction for children and teenagers (and discerning adults). They have published many award winning and nominated books, as well as a number of very well known and respected authors.

21.  Quirk Books
This Philadelphia based press publishes 25 books a year in a whole range of genres, including children's books, nonfiction, and science fiction. Unlike most publishers that tackle a large range of topics, Quirk books has a clear marketing plan for all of their books. To a certain degree their books have a cohesive feel, because they all are quirky.
22.  Baen
Baen is one of the best known publishers of science fiction and fantasy books. They are one of the few established publishers that will accept full length manuscripts from authors who do not have an agent. They do not need to see any history of publication either. As long as your book is science fiction or fantasy, they will consider publishing it.
23.  Chicago Review Press
Chicago Review Press was founded over 40 years ago. They are an established independent publisher of literary fiction, non-fiction and memoir. They also publish books for children (but not picture books). They were founded by Curt Matthews and his wife, Linda Matthews. Curt was the former editor of the literary journal the Chicago Review. 
24.    Dial Books For Young Readers
Dial Books For Young Readers publishes hardcover books aimed at children of all ages, including young adults. They are an imprint of Penguin that accepts unsolicited submissions. The catch? They do not respond to unsolicited submissions unless they are interested in the book. That means don't expect a rejection from Dial, personal or otherwise.
25.    Chronicle Books
Chronicle is an established and respected publisher of children's books, cookbooks, gift books,  anthologies, and various other books, most containing a strong visual element. They are based out of San Francisco. Their books receive a lot of positive attention and acclaim. 


For more information on these publishers go to the Authorspublish.com.

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10 Ways To Overcome Writer’s Block

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Have you ever been in a situation where no matter what you do, it seems as if the words are not coming? I know that this has happened to me many times. When people ask me how I overcame my writer's block, well truthfully when working for an entertainment magazine on a day-to-day basis there was never any time for writer's block. The deadlines were so tight and we had to just keep writing despite our lack of creative ideas or inspiration.
Now that I no longer work in that capacity, my writing has slowed down. It's still there and it will always be but with all of the other things on my plate like publishing few books throughout the year while juggling freelance gigs to make ends meet; sometimes you just need some time off to regroup your thoughts before diving head first into the next project or book deadline.
Sometimes, writers have to deal with writer's block. Writer's block can keep you from writing for days or even months and it is tempting to ignore the problem when possible but that just won't suffice.
That's why I put together this post about overcoming writer's block like a pro.
You may not be able to find the perfect formula for overcoming writer's block, but I hope some of these tips will help you along the way. It certainly did for me.
1. The Best Creativity is a Result of Good Work Habits
Creativity can be easily elusive, but it doesn't have to stay that way. As Twyla Tharp once said, "Creativity is habit."
Developing this creative routine will help you get in the right state of mind and put your thoughts down on paper more easily or into the computer— not just when it's fresh from inspiration's hand.
2. Developing a Writing Routine
Creativity is not something that naturally ebbs and flows. But the truth is, if you only write when you "feel creative" then your creativity will eventually get stuck with writer's block. Developing habits over time can help combat this situation by organizing productivity in an orderly fashion so it doesn't take as much effort to start working on projects again once they've been left for awhile between other ones or forgotten completely because of writer's blocks—inducing distractions like social media sites and video games.
3. Use "Imperfect Words"
A writer can spend hours looking for the perfect word or phrase to illustrate a concept. You can avoid this by simply writing what you're thinking, whether is reads eloquent or not. You can come back later and refine it. Watch a movie or TV show, or eat a delicious meal to get your synapse crackling again. Snippets of conversations, sounds, colors sensations will creep into the space that once felt empty and you can return to your desk with a whole new spark of intention.
4.  Balance Your Inner Critic
Yes, the inner critic always there to being your writing to a screeching halt with a big dose of self-doubt. All writers, even the greats—Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and Charles Bukowski all struggled with it. You would be hard-pressed to find a writer who hasn't been blocked by their inner critic.
What these successful writers have in common is the ability to hear their inner critic, respectfully acknowledge its points, and move forward. Once you can establish a respectful, balanced relationship, you can address what's necessary and skip over what's insecure and irrelevant.
5. Do Non-Writing Activities
One of the best ways to climb out of a writing funk is to take yourself out of your own work and into someone else's. Do you have a favorite author? Read someone else's work to get inspired again. Watching funny cat videos is something else that has always worked for me too.
6. Look For the Root Of It
    Writer's block often comes from a problem deeper than simple lack of inspiration. So you need to dig deeper to see why you are really blocked. Ask yourself the following questions:
·      Do I feel pressure to succeed/or compete with other writers?
·      Have I lost sight of what I am writing about or interest in the subject matter?
·      Have I not written for so long that I feel intimidated by the mere act of it all?
·      Am I simply tired and run-down?
Each of these problems has a different solution. For example, if you feel pressure to succeed, you should remind yourself that writing is an enormous accomplishment, and literary recognition isn't the be all and end all of success. If you are feeling tired and drained, just take a few days off from writing. But you have to get to the root of the block first: One you identify what is wrong, it will be much easier to fix.
7.  Don't Start at the Beginning
   By far the most intimidating part of writing is the start when you have a whole empty book to fill with coherent words.  I know just the thought of it  makes us beak out in a cold sweat!
So instead of starting with the chronological "beginning" or whatever you are tiring to write, dive into the middle, or wherever you feel more confortable.  You will feel less pressure to get everything "right" straight away because you are already at a "halfway point"—and by the time you return to the beginning you'll be all warmed up and ready to go!
8.  Write Something Else
  Though it's important to try and push through writer's block with what you're actually working on, sometimes it is simply impossible.  If you are banging your head against what you are writing, take a break.  Push your current piece aside and write something new. You can always go back to it later.
9.  Relax On Your First Draft
 Many writers suffer from "perfectionism" issues, which can especially debilitating during a first draft. As Editor Lauren Hughes explains: "Blocks often occur because writers put a lot of pressure on themselves to sound 'right" the first time. A good way to loosen up and have fun again in a draft is to give yourself permission to write imperfectly."
Don't agonize about getting it exactly right. You can always go back and edit. But for this time around, just getting the words on the page is enough.
10. Stop Writing For Readers
   If you are an experienced author, you most likely have seen advice on "write for the market."  While this is important if you want to be published, the pressure of other people's expectations can be a huge inhibitor that manifests—you guessed it, as a huge block.
So, if you want to reclaim the joy of being creative, throw the "write for the market" idea out the window for now. This will help get you back in touch with what matters most— your story. This may indeed help your writing in the end. Disregard what readers expect and your writing will read less pretentious and more real.
For more tips on how to overcome writer's block, click on the link below.

 7 Tips to Get Over Writer's Block

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Guest Blogger Author Ro Leone on Her Children's Book Ella Phantasy and a Trunkful of Dreams


My guest blogger is first-time children's book author, Ro Leone. Her Ella Phantasy and a Trunkful of Dreams is a delightful read filled with glorious illustrations. The story follows the journey between Ella Phantasy and her BFF Ozzie Owl. 


 You can find it on Amazon in both ebook and print. You can follow Ro Leone on Facebook. If you prefer to hear the author's rendition, you can access it here on YouTube. Don't forget to tell her how much you enjoyed her book! 


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The story of my children's book came as a result of my own experiences as a child. But I'm sure it's a universal problem for many children.


I remember being about 11 years old, and I had the trifecta of issues that could plague a girl.


I was overweight, wore glasses and had braces. I was called four-eyes, fatty and I was compared to the front grille of a Buick because of my braces. They weren't clear braces like the Invisalign options that are available today, but ones made of stainless steel that wrapped around the entire tooth. You could barely see the tooth at all. So the comparison to the chrome front portion of a car was quite accurate. I don't think I smiled for about five years.


Kids can be cruel and I was shamed many times a day, courtesy of the many bullies in the classroom. I had some very good friends who cared for me for who I was, but I was too caught up in the jeers to recognize the cheers. This book draws upon my experiences with peer taunts that were endless. In my book, Ella, in her young elephant world, never feels like she's as good as her best friend Ozzie Owl knows she is. She has to learn it on her own when her own heroics in critical times reveal the character and worth she always had. Perhaps your child has been beset by teasing or taunting, even though you tell them time and again how special he or she is. This story helps them see with their own eyes, from the words and vivid illustrations what Ella goes through, how this can happen to anyone and that they need not be sad because all turns out well in the end.


If this story seems to resonate with you and what your child might be going through, I invite you to listen to me, the author, as I read the book on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/RyXiNJc-l1k And if you wish to have the book for your own, it is available on Amazon.


Ella Phantasy and a Trunkful of Dreams


By the way, I'm an old, but not mature, adult now, and I'm fairly well-adjusted.


Thank you for reading.


Ro Leone

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Amazon.com and 'Big Five' Publishers Accused of eBook Price-Fixing

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I'm not surprised? Are you? Similar events with eBook pricing have happened before. According to The Wallstreet Journal, Amazon is facing a new lawsuit alleging that a deal between the company and five book publishers has created higher prices on e-books. Read on...




Amazon.com and the "Big Five" publishers -- Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster -- have been accused of colluding to fix ebook prices, in a class action filed by the law firm that successfully sued Apple and the Big Five on the same charge 10 years ago. The Guardian reports:

The lawsuit, filed in district court in New York on Thursday by Seattle firm Hagens Berman, on behalf of consumers in several US states, names the retail giant as the sole defendant but labels the publishers "co-conspirators." It alleges Amazon and the publishers use a clause known as "Most Favored Nations" (MFN) to keep ebook prices artificially high, by agreeing to price restraints that force consumers to pay more for ebooks purchased on retail platforms that are not Amazon.com. The lawsuit claims that almost 90% of all ebooks sold in the US are sold on Amazon, in addition to over 50% of all print books. The suit alleges that ebook prices dropped in 2013 and 2014 after Apple and major publishers were successfully sued for conspiring to set ebook prices, but rose again after Amazon renegotiated their contracts in 2015.


"In violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act, Defendant and the Big Five Co-conspirators agreed to various anti-competitive MFNs and anti-competitive provisions that functioned the same as MFNs," the complaint states. "Amazon's agreement with its Co-conspirators is an unreasonable restraint of trade that prevents competitive pricing and causes Plaintiffs and other consumers to overpay when they purchase ebooks from the Big Five through an ebook retailer that competes with Amazon. That harm persists and will not abate unless Amazon and the Big Five are stopped." The suit seeks compensation for consumers who purchased ebooks through competitors, damages and injunctive relief that would require Amazon and the publishers to "stop enforcing anti-competitive price restraints."—Source:TheGuardian.com

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Pretty Soon There’ll Be Just One Big Book Publisher Left

Pretty soon there'll be just one big book publisher left. When I read these words I didn't want to believe it. With the acquisition of Simon & Schuster by Penguin Random House shows that the industry is headed toward a monopolistic singularity. NewRepublic.com has the story. Read on ...


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America's biggest, most powerful book publisher is about to get even bigger and more powerful. On Wednesday, a number of outlets reported that Penguin Random House had reached an agreement with ViacomCBS to purchase Simon & Schuster, the nation's third-largest publisher, for $2 billion. The resulting conglomerate would publish at least a third of all books sold in the United States, and transform Penguin Random House, already a superpower, into an industry-dominating behemoth, with potentially serious consequences for authors, publishing employees, and diversity of thought. That extraordinary level of concentration will dramatically lower competition in the publishing industry, likely leading to job cuts, lower advances for authors, and fewer non-blockbuster books being published by commercial publishers.


The sale of Simon & Schuster comes near the end of a strange year for the company. Carolyn Reidy, an industry stalwart and the company's longtime CEO, died in the springand was replaced by Jonathan Karp. During that time, S&S became the defining publisherof the Trump era, with a keen eye for well-timed blockbusters about the president, which both formed a large chunk of its revenue and resulted in serious and costly legal challenges from the Trump administration. Though major releases by John Bolton and Mary Trump helped make it profitable, Simon & Schuster was put up for sale because ViacomCBS is reorienting its business to focus on streaming and needed funds to pay down debt.


In a somewhat surprising twist, many in the industry were rooting for the other known bidder for Simon & Schuster—the Rupert Murdoch–owned HarperCollins—to acquire the publisher, in the hopes that it would create more competition for Penguin Random House. That Murdoch is seen as something of a savior says a great deal about the widespread fear of Penguin Random House. Not only will the acquisition expand the number of titles PRH puts out, it will expand its already extremely powerful distribution network. (Simon & Schuster serves as a distributor for a number of outside publishers, most notably Skyhorse.)


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The Top 20 Must-Have Free Apps And Software That Writers Can’t Live Without

I'm always in search of the latest and greatest apps for writers even if I don't use them. I found the following list on Web Design Relief— a web design and marketing guidance site for authors— and would like to share it with you.

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Most writers know that creating a great, memorable short story, book, or poem takes a considerable amount of determination, energy, and craft. Keeping track of ideas, edits, and revisions—while avoiding the temptation of social media and cat videos—can make it hard to focus on completing your work. Fortunately, there are lots of free apps and software available to help writers succeed! Web Design Relief has compiled a list of twenty great, must-have free apps and software programs that no writer should live—or write—without.


The Best Must-Have Free Apps And Software For Writers

Free Word Processing Software For Writers

Microsoft Word may be the king of word processing programs, but it comes with a hefty price tag. Check out these free compatible options.


LibreOffice. LibreOffice comes from the open-source word processing program Open Office. Along with word processing software, it includes spreadsheet and PowerPoint capabilities. One of its best features is its compatibility with Microsoft Word formats (like .docx) so you can share your manuscript easily with editors and agents.


Google Docs. Although the word processing features of Google Docs are very basic, they'll suffice for most users. All you need is a Google account to log in, which allows you to access your documents on any computer. Google Docs's biggest advantage lies in the user's ability to write and collaborate in real time with other authors on a project.


Apple Pages. Another app that allows real-time collaboration is Apple Pages for Mac users, a powerful word processing program that's part of the iWork productivity suite. For indie writers, one perk of this software is the ability to export a manuscript directly to an .epub format.

(Mostly) Free Writing Software For Novelists


Scrivener. Though there is a cost for this software, the thirty-day free trial period makes it worthy of a mention. Scrivener is easily one of the top software programs for novelists and offers organizational tools to keep tabs on research, storyboarding views of your novel, and productivity features that help you reach your goals. At an average cost of about fifty dollars, Scrivener's a real bargain.

Shaxpir. Pronounced "Shakespeare," Shaxpir is a cloud-based software for novelists who want to set goals, brainstorm, keep track of research, attach concept art, and ultimately export the manuscript into various formats.

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For more on free software for writers visit Web Design Relief. There's so much more to explore such as generating title and idea and writing in peace apps. My go-to writing in peace app is Coffitivity.  There's even links to free grammar and editing software apps to choose from on the site.


Got a new free writing app you want to share, let me know.  


Happy, healthy writing!


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Word Counts of A Few Famous Authors

How many words do you want to write a day?

 If you want to be a published writer you should sustain a regular writing routine. Nearly every writer I've met or interviewed has one and adheres to it. I taught a recent adult writing class on how to promote good writing habits that included churning out 1000 words a day. Writing every day not only clears your mind but it will give you more confidence.
Many authors believe creating a habit of writing every day even if you are not so good at it will help you to become a better writer.  The only way to become a better writer is to keep practicing. Many accomplished writers say they need to write every day to figure out what they really think about a subject. Writing forces you to think.

How many words do you think you can produce in a day?  I prefer 1,000 to 2,000 words a day. Whether it is working on a new book, freelance piece or something for my website. I don't always hit my mark, but the important thing is to keep writing even if you don't think the words are that good.

Here are some daily word counts and quotations from famous authors to help keep you motivated.

Stephen King: 2000 Words

"I like to get 10 pages a day, which amounts to 2,000 words."

Anne Rice: 3000 Words

"I have to get all distractions out of the way. I plunge into the work and I write an episode; I can't just clock in at 3,000 words. I have to have time to resolve things."

Ernest Hemingway: 500 Words

 "I had learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when they're still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it."


Mark Twain: 1,400-1,1800 Words

"In 1897, when we were living in Tedworth Square, London, and I was writing the book called "Following the Equator" my average was eighteen hundred words a day; here in Florence, (1904), my average seems to be fourteen hundred words per sitting of four or five hours."
Sarah Waters (Welsh novelist): 1,000 Words
 "My minimum is 1,000 words a day… Those 1,000 words might well be rubbish- they often are. But then, it is always easier to return to rubbish words at a later date and make them better."
J.G. Ballard: 1,000 Words
"I aim for about six hundred words a day and hope for at least a thousand when I'm on a roll."
Nicholas Sparks: 2000 Words
Sparks says a novel takes him a few months to conceive, and then about five months to write. He sets a daily goal for himself of 2,000 words, which takes him about five to six hours to write.
Arthur Hailey (Passed away in 2004): 600 Words
"I set myself 600 words a day as a minimum output, regardless of the weather, my state of mind or if I'm sick or well. There must be 600 finished words- not almost right words."
Holly Black: 1,000 Words
"I try to write a thousand words every day. I've actually put up my daily word counts online for my last several novels. I do this to keep myself honest, saying exactly when I wrote what part of the book. Certainly the comment I most often get is, 'That's not really a lot of words,' but it goes to show that just steadily working will get you a book."
Lee Child: 1,800 Words
"I write in the afternoon, from about 12 until about 6 or 7. I use an upstairs room as my office. Once I get going I keep at it, and it usually takes about six months from the first blank screen until the end."
Click here or more daily word counts of famous authors.
Keep writing and let me know what works best for you.

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Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Freelancer--The 2020 Update

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A freelance writer today faces many challenges. As a longtime freelancer I know because I've faced them all. There will always be obstacles, there will always be struggles, and that's why you must never give up.


 This  following resource site has one of the best guides for new writers I've seen on the Internet. It coves everything from "Finding the Right Freelance Writing Job" to "How To Discuss a Freelance Project With a Client" to "How To Manage Your Freelance Writing Time" and "How To Get Paid." Be sure to check it out. You won't be disappointed. Good luck!



 If you're thinking of becoming a freelancer, you're probably bored with your day job and looking for new challenges in your life. Maybe you love the idea of being your own boss, or maybe you just need more flexibility in your work schedule. Either way, the freelance life could be perfect for you.


When you're a freelancer, everything's up to you. You can choose to work from the comfort of your own home, from your favorite cafe or from a shared office space. If you're the adventurous type, you can even be a digital nomad, traveling the world with your trusty laptop. You can work for several clients at a time or find one reliable client who can provide you with regular work. You can work regular business hours just like the rest of the world, or sleep till noon and do your work during the wee hours of the night.


The most important thing is to determine what will work best for you, and find your own way to do it successfully. Because after all, that's what freelancing is all about: finding your own way.

With all the different options out there, if you're just starting your freelance career, things can seem quite overwhelming. But don't worry – we're here to help you figure it all out.


Your Cheat Sheet to Becoming a Successful Freelancer
The freelance life is challenging, but it can be very rewarding and enjoyable. We've compiled this comprehensive guide to help you become a successful freelancer. Read on to learn all you need to know about finding work, pricing, managing, and building a freelance business.


Chapter 1: Finding a Freelance Job

Freelancers can find clients in all sorts of places, but one of the best options is through online freelance platforms. Recent data shows that this is how 75% of freelancers find work. Freelance platforms are online marketplaces where freelancers can showcase their skills, share their portfolio, and outline their rates. Clients know that they'll find plenty of freelancers on these sites, so it's usually the first port of call for businesses to browse talent and find the right person to work on their next project. Determine which freelance platform (or platforms) is the best for you!


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Best 5 Books About Writing Every Writer Should Own

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If you want to become a better writer, you have to keep writing and studying your craft. Over the years, I've read hundreds of books on writing better and faster and I keep researching for new titles I haven't read yet. Still a favorite go-to for me is Strunk and White, The Elements of Style. It still holds up after nearly 100  years! As mostly a non-fiction writer who focused on entertainment and pop culture, I could not get by without the AP Style Guide. 


It takes courage to write honestly and to write well. Bookfox.com is one of the dozens of writing sites I visit regularly to stay engaged. 


What I like best about this site is that it a great resource for writers just starting out. Sometimes I forget what that is like since I write for a living. It's been mentioned  by some of my favorite media outlets including Publisher's Weekly,  Writer's Digest and The Chicago Tribune


So here's author John Matthew Fox's Top 5 Best Books  (including print and Kindle editions) on writing which mirrors many of my own choices, especially On Writing by Stephen King. Here, he explains why each book is necessary, so pay attention.  Regardless of your level of writing experience these books will help to improve your craft.


So, add these resourceful titles to your bookshelf today. 


1. Best Book for Beginners

"On Writing" by Stephen King

This book is the equivalent of an entire degree in writing. Seriously, my entire undergrad experience in creative writing could have been boiled down into the plainspoken and practical advice that King gives. He's exceptionally clear and only includes the most helpful information. If you are starting out as a writer, this book is vital.


2. Best Book to Help You Overcome Writing Fears

"The Courage to Write" by Ralph Keyes

So many of us fear writing. We love it, we want it, and yet we're scared of it. Keyes encourages us that this is perfectly normal, and shows us all the famous authors who have overcome crippling fears. If you want a bolt of lightning in your fingertips, Keyes will deliver it to you. There is no way you can read this and not feel emboldened to write your book.


3. Best Book to Help You Live the Writing Life

"Making a Literary Life" by Carolyn See

Carolyn See is responsible for my writing habits. She told me to write 1,000 words every day, and I followed this advice religiously. She has a ton of other practical advice too (about money, and about habits) and she literally changed my writing life. Read her. Now.


4. Best Collection of Writing Essays

"The Writer's Notebook" by Assorted Authors (Tin House Books)

Steve Almond talks about sex scenes ("Hard Up for a Hard-on"), Aimee Bender talks about character motivation, and we also get essays about how to write a dynamic scene and choose exactly the right word. Whether you're just starting out or have 3 books under your belt, this book will give you the lowdown on powerful writing skills.


5. Best Book for Advanced Writers

"The Art of Subtext" by Charles Baxter

You don't just want to write books that are good on the surface. You want to write books with layers of meaning, books that entertain the reader on the second read and the third read. Books so deep the reader can't stop thinking about them, and want to discuss them with their book club. Baxter teaches you how to do that.


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Angelina Jolie, Fake News and How To Spot It For Kids

Fake News is information that cannot be verified, without sources, and possibly untrue.

I've been writing about entertainment/celebrity news most of my adult life. I've been published consistently since I was 15. When I was learning my craft, I took my journalism training very seriously. "Report only the facts, verify your sources, keep clear of controversial topics,  that kind of thing.  Now, the rules seem to have changed and I am not so comfortable writing about celebrities and other public figures anymore. 
 There are so many "Fake News" stories and outlets as well as well as way too much celebrity gossip and scandal news  which I have no interested in reporting.
I came across this story on actress Angelina Jolie and how she plans to produce a TV show that will teach older kids how to spot fake news stories.  I was intrigued. Now, that's a novel idea.
Fake News just seems to be everywhere on the Internet. But what exactly constitutes Fake News and how will older kids be able to determine the difference?
According to Wikipedia, Fake News is "a form of news consisting of deliberate disinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional news media or online social media. Digital news has brought back and increased the usage of fake news, or yellow journalism."
Bottom line: Fake News is  information that cannot be verified, without sources, and possibly untrue.
Jolie, who has six children teamed with the BBC to create BBC My World, which will "explain the stories behind news and offer facts and information"  to help kids over the age of 13 make up their own minds on pressing international issues.


In a statement, The Maleficent star explained:  "As a parent I am happy to be able to give my support to a program that aims to help children learn more about the lives of other young people around the world, and connect to them to each other. I hope it will help children find the information and tools they need to make a difference on the issues that matter to them."
BBC My World will be a weekly half-hour program airing Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on BBC World News and will also be made available via a YouTube channel. The program does not yet have an air date. 


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