Writers use Twitter contests to pitch to agents, publishing houses, and editors. While some of the bigger ones like PitMad is gone, smaller ones still happen all the time. Now, pitch contests are like getting a lottery ticket. Getting attention—when surrounded by hundreds of other pitches—is difficult to say the least. But there are proven … Continue reading How to write great pitches for pitch contests
To continue what I've done the past couple of years, I'm going to go over some 2022 goals I set in December and check in to see how much I'm on track. Grow my freelance business more This one I have done! My freelance business—Dragon Editing Services—has stayed busy. I've gotten over 25+ testimonials in … Continue reading 2022 goal updates
Last week, I posted my book review of The Rose by P.D. Alleva, and now I have an exclusive interview with him. I hope you enjoy. Where do your story ideas come from? Dreams? Real life? What-if questions? Story ideas come from a mixed bag of dreams, real life, and what ifs. Typically the idea … Continue reading Author Interview — P.D. Alleva
The publishing industry has changed a lot—especially on the traditional side—throughout this pandemic. So, I'm going to break down some of the most impactful changes up to date. Please note that this post is about traditional publishing. So, when talking about editors, it’s in-house editors instead of freelance editors. Longer wait times to hear back … Continue reading How the publishing industry has changed
Hello everyone! I got exciting news! My flash fiction piece—My Recommendation—got accepted by Weasel Press, and the journal is now available to purchase. Here's a link. This was my first piece accepted through Submittable back in the fall of 2020. It has a shapeshifter and a fairy in a modern coffee shop. If y'all read … Continue reading My flash fiction got published!
For 2021, I wanted to get more of my writing published, building up that writing platform. So, I made a goal to submit something on Submittable two times every month. I actually ended up starting this in February cause the idea came to me a bit late. But I still submitted twenty-six pieces in total … Continue reading Results after 25+ submissions on Submittable in one year
Happy New Year! I surprisingly completed all three of my goals for 2021. I got a job in publishing as a freelance editor, which has been going well. I've even got fifteen five star reviews! I also polished up my novel, and, on top of that, an editor looked over it. I got two more … Continue reading 2022 writing goals
ARCs—advanced reader copies—are important in the publishing process for every writer. The one major thing to do before publishing a book is build hype. You want your readers to jump up and down with excitement for your upcoming book. Quite similar to how many people get excited every time Marvel releases a new trailer. And … Continue reading ARCs — What are they? And why do writers need them?
I found that I'm better at achieving my goals if I write them down and then check back on them later. So, in December, I wrote down some goals that I'm going to go through now. Get a job in publishing Kind of. I have been applying to publishing jobs since January, but I haven't … Continue reading 2021 goal updates
Author bios can seem difficult. It's impossible to narrow a person down to a few sentences. But writers also do the impossible all the time. My experience with this is limited to Submittable. Most places ask for a bio between three to five sentences long. Bios are simple and can have a bit of creativity … Continue reading How to write an author bio for submissions