Category: article writing

Find a new, streamlined website domain among 600 choices!

Trying to find a grabber website domain ending in “.com” that contains less than an arm’s length of letters is a near-fruitless treasure hunt. You probably can’t use “.org” and will anybody come if it ends in “.net”? The hunt is over. Last February, the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), an international […]

Querying magazine editors in late 2014

Here’s the scenario. You have a great idea that you think X magazine’s readers would love to read about on its pages. But you don’t know the editor and you don’t know how to break the ice or make the suggestion. What do you do in what order? Things haven’t changed much in the past […]

Non-fiction books should shout with benefits and authority

What do you want your book to do? Probably (1) get bought–or at least read; (2) make you money; (3) if self-published, get snagged by a “big house” and do more of [1] and [2]; (4) establish you as an “expert” or “authority” in its topic field; (5) get potential readers to want to know […]

Humor: How and how much can you use in freelance articles?

Sometimes (actually, often) absolutely none. No joke: even provoking a smile by a touch of word play will release you to the path of penury. The editor won’t buy it, and she probably won’t look at future queries from you either! Why? Because either the topic (death, disaster, rape, and so on) won’t allow it […]

How can I syndicate my article or my writing?

Syndication is the goal of many of my writing/publishing seminar attendees, so let me share what I know about it so you can pursue it farther on your own, if you are then still interested. What they mean is usually one of two things: (1) having a syndication (very few still exist) or a newspaper […]

My buddy the Dalai Lama

The self-publishing guru Dan Poynter has been a close friend of mine almost forever, at least from the time when to set type you had to lift each letter and place it. Think Ben Franklin. We were sharing some old stories by email this morning, and I thought you might enjoy one that I had […]

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Want to sell almost 100% of your NF writing?

That’s the title of a three-hour program I’m offering at the San Francisco Writer’s Conference on Monday, Feb. 17, from 9-noon. I thought you might enjoy an overview of the program that all of the registered participants will receive on an all-program digital plug-in fairly soon. It’s a one-page summary of what I will explain […]

To which publishers would I submit my 2014 book? What order?

Yesterday I emailed my January newsletter, which goes out every two months, free. The section enclosed here is the answer to the question I think I was most asked in 2013: “If you were going to publish a book today, who would you submit it to and in what order? I have 10 places I […]

Copyright? Using others’ words or artwork in your book.

To avoid the whole issue just read or hear what others say and retell it in your words. That would be the text of your book. But there can be wee pitffalls. If you are quoting them directly, you must tell the reader who they are, and usually the context of the statement. Others often […]

Does your book need much or more research?

Sometimes books don’t need much research. If your book is about a little girl spending a day at the circus with her grandparents, a quick refresher on what one sees or does at a circus is probably enough, maybe with a little girl in tow. Later you can go back and mull around to fill […]