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Why I’m Serializing My Novel via Substack

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Elle Griffin. When I finished writing my novel I did the normal thing: I started pitching it to agents. I think I pitched my book to more than 120 agents in hopes that one of them might sell my book to a big publishing house who would make my book a New York Times bestseller and a hit series for HBO. ...

An Exciting Announcement from The Write Life Team!

You might have noticed that The Write Life has been on a content break for the last couple months. In mid-June, The Write Life joined the Selfpublishing.com platform of sites and resources dedicated to writing, publishing, freelance, marketing, and more.  The vision for the Selfpublishing.com platform began back in 2015 when Chandler Bolt founded...

9 Writing Challenges to Inspire Your Craft

Writing can get kind of lonely sometimes.  Not only that, but it can get stale. Sometimes we fall into a formula when we write books, or we can’t get ourselves past the first few chapters of an idea, or we’re stuck in the dreaded middle section of our novel for what feels like forever. It can feel a little like getting stranded, and it’s no wonder...

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How to Improve Your Writing Skills: Take Your Writing from Good to Great

Soooo… you’ve been writing for a while. Maybe you seriously got into writing fiction a year ago; maybe you’ve been a freelance writer for three or four years now. Maybe you started writing a book and it didn’t go anywhere.  You know you want to improve your writing, but you don’t know HOW. What do you need to do to take your writing to the next level?...

12 Places to Find Online Transcription Jobs, Plus How Much Each Company Pays

I love typing, but I have zero creative writing ability. ZERO. I’ve blogged before, but it usually means sitting for hours at my computer with a few clumsy sentences written and no ideas for how to proceed.  When I got pregnant with my first child, I wanted to take something I knew I was really good at — typing, grammar and punctuation — and turn...

Working With a Designer? Here’s How to Structure Your Copy in Google Docs

Writing is not always a solo act. When you work in the sphere of digital marketing, writers often work closely with designers to bring websites, pamphlets, ebooks and graphics to life.  The most skilled writers within digital marketing must enter every project with design in mind. That means carefully structuring your copy, considering how text will...

How Much Does It Cost to Self-Publish a Book? 4 Authors Share Their Numbers

You want to self-publish your book, but budgeting for the process is more challenging than it looks. The numbers you hear from experts regarding the costs of self-publishing are all over the board. Do authors really manage to release quality books without paying for professional editing, design, marketing and other services? Or will you have to dig...

How I Used Google Calendar to Double My Earnings as a Freelance Writer

After a five-year stint as an employee, I went full-time as a freelance writer in January 2020. I’d been laid off from a short-lived job in December, so I scurried to find work and took any assignments I was offered. I made enough to make a living in the first few months, but it was well below the salary I’d made as an employee. After two months of...

When to Use Parentheses (Hint: Sparingly) and How to Use Them Correctly

Parentheses, like the em dash and ellipses, is a piece of punctuation that’s often overused in writing. In some instances, parentheses can be useful, but more often than not, they’re unnecessary and may even act as a distraction, weakening your writing. In this guide to parentheses, we explain what parentheses are, the difference...

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