• Accounting for Writers

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    Have you sold any writing at all, any place, any time? Yes? That means you need to know about accounting for writers. You know - the tax people want to know how much money you made, and what you spent to make that money, and if you have anything left over as profit at the ...

  • Writers Beware!

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    In the world of self-publishing, it's writers beware! Publishing a book is a business. That means money changes hands and whenever money is involved, there's always a chance of fraud. The best defense for writers it to arm yourself with knowledge about what is and isn't typical for a certain transaction. Agents Agents are hired by you to ...

  • Finding Time to Write

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    I have a young friend who at 16 has written two novels. Amazing. She's worked hard on them, writing non-stop. Some days, I envied her because (well everyone envies a 16-year-olds' health!) her life isn't cluttered up with things. She could choose to write because there were few demands on her time. Recently, though, she started a part-time ...

  • Are You Being a Lazy Writer? Stop it!

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    I've been reading a lot of manuscripts lately and finding some common problems. Matching up writing and audience One problem is matching up the story with the audience. For example, ABC stories are perfect for kindergarten and first graders. An ABC book for sixth graders would be rather pointless. On the other end of the scale, ...