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How many writers do you know who do freelance work? 1? 2? Or none?  Well if your like me most writers do their writing as a second job and don’t get paid. So to any untrained eye this would appear to be a hobby. What? No way! I work too hard and long for my writing career to be considered a hobby.

So how to break the mold and make a career out of writing? Easy… get published! Well okay enough with the sarcasm. It is not easy to get published, let alone get an agent to even LOOK at your work. So the alternative is to become a freelance writer.

The website Freelance Writing Jobs at http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/ is a good place to begin.

This website can help you locate the job that is right for you. Everyone has to start somewhere, because we can’t all become famous authors with our first book.

Build up your skills writing for different companies. Learn new talents and make connections and get a great looking resume. Every literary agent and publisher wants to see a little writing experience behind newbies. Then when your book is published you can give credit to your experience as a freelance writer.

Not every path to glory is set in stone. Take the road less traveled and become richer for it.

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Another look at whether self-publishing or the traditional route is best for authors.  The debate will go on.

 

Should Children’s Book Authors Self-Publish? | Jane Friedman.

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In  previous posts I have discussed the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing.  Here is an update to help clarify any misconceptions about the topic.

One route is DIY for tech savvy people.  The other is for royalty, where the butler waits on you hand and foot.  I would rather have the butler, but we all cannot be born with a silver spoon in our mouths.  DIY also costs money and time.  With traditional, if you are picked up, you could see an advance.  The down side to traditional is you could spend years in the rejection zone.

A pro for DIY is you keep the creative rights of your book.  With all the different companies to help you publish your dream book it seems easier now to see your book in print.  Another pro for DIY authors is that some publishers (Penguin) picks up indie authors to publish.

The list goes on and on with both sides.

If you cannot decide which route is best for you then check out some tips below.  This article was first published on Forbes.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/juliapimsleur/2014/11/04/traditional-publishing-vs-self-publishing/

Another great article, about an author who is a “hybrid” author ( self-published and traditional), on the topic of the pros and cons of DIY versus legacy (traditional) publishing.

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/04/self-publishing-vs-traditional-some.html

Some authors like both routes and choose to use them on separate book projects.  It’s whatever works best for you.  Don’t limit your decision on one factor. Take everything into account and ask advice of others.

So which route will you choose?

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Oh wow! Changes need to be made in the publishing industry.

 

When the Publishing Industry Looks at Itself in the Mirror, Does It Like What It Sees? – GalleyCat.

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Why isn’t every traditional publisher out there taking notice of all the great writers?  There was a boom of color writers during the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1940). Later on colored writers did not stop and good thing or we wouldn’t have Toni Morrison, or in the Latin community we wouldn’t have Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or Native Americans like Leslie Marmon Silko and lastly there wouldn’t be any Mideast writers like Khaled Hosseini.  I have read their great works and highly recommend people to step outside of the white bubble the publishing companies push in front of us.  We are a society of mixed cultures.  NO longer a white dominant society.  Writers of every color should be examined by their works and not their skin color.  Wake up! See all the beautiful colors in the world.  Don’t turn a blind eye to a name you don’t recognize. Or you will be missing out on some great stories.famous-authors

 

The Rejectionist | Sarah McCarry: How to Publish Writers of Color: Some Basic Steps for White Folks In the Industry.

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Libraries seem to be an institute that was going the way of the dinosaur.  But now they have e-books for their members to borrow.  This has to be the saving grace that keeps them in  business by keeping with the times.  For those who do not use the library then how do you read without breaking the bank?  I must read more than twenty books in six months.  By the end of the year I am getting close to fifty books read.

The downfall of e-books from the library is the small amount of selection of books.  They do not have all the books on your list you are wanting to check out.  So now what?  You could wait and see if they can order it for you.  Or if you can’t wait, then buy the e-book through Amazon or Nook, whichever one is your preference.

A lot of companies will be disappearing by the end of 2014.  Those that made the list are: JC Penny and Barnes and Nobles Nook ( http://247wallst.com/special-report/2013/05/23/ten-brands-that-will-disappear-in-2014/2/ ).  It is daunting to see some of the companies go but we have seen them struggle for too long.

If you know of another business on it’s last leg share it here.  There have been many publishing companies merging with other companies but this seems to make good bedfellows.  No big publishing companies are even hinting of shutting their doors.  Thank goodness!

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If you ever felt that the world is full of people giving advice, then you might be right.  A lot of people do know a lot of different things.  One of my favorite places to get advice is from Nathan Bransford‘s blog.  He gives great advice on how to write a novel, to how to write a query letter.  Here is one of my favorite posts by Nathan which is the best query letter examples written:  Good Query Letter

There are many different formulas out there.  But just follow the one that is repeated and accepted by the publishing companies.  Bransford gives a good formula for creating a query letter.  But maybe you don’t want to take this guy’s word for it.  Here is some other sources from some credible authors and agents: How not to get an agent  and Before you query

I love to use Writers Digest books.  Their newest addition is 2013 Children’s Writer‘s & Illustrators Market.  You can buy it on Amazon: Writers Digest 2013 .  This book gives writers advice on how to write a query letter to what publishing company is actively accepting query letters.  There is a helpful section from authors.  Their advice for new authors and how they received their big break is worth the read.  I know I just want to skip to the back and start making my list of potential companies and individuals I want to query.  But the sections on writing are very helpful.  From the editor he says, “If you flip through this book’s pages, the first thing you may notice is a whole ton of upfront instructional articles.” – Chuck Samuchino, editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market/ Guide to Literary Agents

There are a lot of writers in my own critique group who says this is “the time to become published”.  I know I have also heard this at writers conferences sponsored by SCBWI.  Agents, editors and authors all agree this is the time to become self-published with either an e-book format or paper.  The e-books are hot right now.  And if you Google which publishing company has the most e-books out then you would find Random House at the top of the list.  They have a lot of e-books that are selling like hot-cakes.  Take a look at their new reformated website and see: Random House .  There is advice given from different publishers who want to see books only through agents.  But there are a lot of authors/agents that are saying that you can do it yourself.  You don’t need an agent.  Take it from Maria Lamba who said:

“For a LONG time we have plodded along with certainties. And the main truth was that a big publisher = big success.  Signing with big publishers meant contracts with great advances, reviews in prominent publications, your book would appear in all bookstores, you’d have tons of publicity and promotion, and you were well on your way to a long CAREER as an author.

Then this “given” started to erode as all the publishing models began to shift.  A large number of editors were laid off in 2008. Authors were suddenly expected to do more of their own promotions. Book reviews in many print publications began to disappear. There was no guarantee that your book would appear in the major chains or indies (even before the demise of Borders). And now we hear a lot from authors about low advances, or no contracts being offered on a next book.

Yes, the economy has a ton to do with all of this. And Ebooks have come in at an especially crazy time.  We fear they may pose a threat to print books. The pricing of Ebooks is a huge issue.  Brick and mortar stores feel threatened by Ebook sales.

And let’s pile onto this, indie publishing, which is on the rise.

All these factors together add to an overall sense of instability in what was once a fairly predictable business model for publishers, booksellers and authors.”

The only thing a writer needs to take away from the overwhelming advice from so many different venues is: “Does it matter to me?”  We are all in charge of our fate and we decide if we want our careers to soar like an eagle or fall like a lead balloon.  There is always going to be someone out there who will have some great advice.  But do you really care?  And if so, are you willing to follow that advice?

As for me, I just want to keep on writing. Teddy%20Bear%20Reading01

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