Category Archives: Writers Hints and Tips

Read. The. Guidelines

The Death Of All Things anthology is looking for short story submissions until December 31. But let me tell you a little story before you rush off to email your work to us. Long ago, I was a full-time magazine editor. … Continue reading

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Submit! (but carefully)

Really, honestly, truly, if you are submitting fiction (or non-fiction) anywhere for any market, follow the submission guidelines as given on the publication’s, publisher’s, agent’s, or editor’s site, to the letter. Otherwise it becomes an excuse to throw your work away … Continue reading

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Neither Winning nor Losing

My friend Robin MacPherson has an interesting blog post about “Losing” NaNoWriMo. What it boils down to is this quote from the piece: “Writing is not a race. Publishing is not a race. It’s a long game.” Writers are a … Continue reading

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Knowing What You Know

I’mma say this once: “Write what you know” does not mean “write about yourself” (especially not “write about yourself as you wish you were.”) It also does not mean “write about your life” or “write about your kids.” What it … Continue reading

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To Market, To Market….

A friend of mine asked me to write about this topic and I’m running late on fulfilling that promise, but it happens to be a topic much on my mind: marketing for writers/of books. When you are a starry-eyed as-yet-unpublished … Continue reading

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Acquiring an Agent

This is something most moderately-successful commercial authors get asked about frequently. In fact, I think it’s the thing I’m asked about most frequently after “where do you get your ideas?” and “are there going to be more books in this … Continue reading

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Query Letter post at Graveyard Shift

Hey, there writers-in-waiting. Mystery writer Lee Lofland has a nice interview up at the Graveyard Shift blog with Wendy Burt-Thomas about writing query letters Wendy’s a full-time writer and freelance editor and her latest non-fiction work, The Writers Digest Guide … Continue reading

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Query Does Not Equal Submission

This is one of those things that may seem horribly obvious to some but is a lot less so to many other people trying to fight their way out of the slush pile: a query is not the same as … Continue reading

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In which I guest blog on AlmaNews

The very lovely and talented Alma Alexander, author of the Jin Shei and Worldweavers books, has asked me to guest blog and so I have. Kat Rants about Amazon numbers on Alma’s blog. Not as bad as it sounds, though … Continue reading

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The Truth About Cons

OK, so… I was at Pacific Northwest Writers Summer Conference this past weekend–wow! A few years ago I was very put off by the organization, but under the direction of current President Pam Binder, it’s really turned around for the … Continue reading

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Compulsive organization

After 6 weeks of struggling with it, I have an outline and 10k words of ms. I have to make a few tweaks to the outline before I’m ready to continue, but at least it’s done and I feel confident … Continue reading

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Newbie Author Tip #1–buy the book

(or Things I Wish They’d Told Me Earlier) Once you have a book in print (assuming it is in print from a regular publisher and not a self-published or subsidy published job), buy a case of your own book. But … Continue reading

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