Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Writer's Relief newsletters

Here are the latest Writer's Relief newsletters for my followers to peruse:

Do Online Submission Managers Make It Harder To
Get Published? No. Here’s Why.
November 29, 2018
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Online submission managers have revolutionized how writers submit work to literary journals. Nowadays, with just a few clicks of your computer mouse, your writing is instantly whisked into the queues of waiting editors. Since Writer’s Relief has been helping authors make submissions since 1994—the days of SASEs and postage stamps—we know firsthand the benefits of using online submission managers.

But there’s also the other side of the coin: A recent article in Poets & Writers magazine suggests that since it’s so much simpler to submit work, everyone’s doing it—a lot—and the competition for acceptances has snowballed.

Plus, most literary magazines don’t have the staff to sort through the avalanche of submissions in a timely manner. As a result, it’s taking literary magazines much longer to respond to writers who are competing for limited acceptances.

Before you reach for the antacids, check out these reasons to feel good about your prospects for getting an acceptance from a literary journal.

Reason Number 1: We’re Still Getting Excellent Results

At Writer’s Relief, we specialize in getting our clients’ writing into the hands of the right literary editors and agents—and in the best possible shape. Our research experts know how to get your work to the top of the slush pile and increase your odds of success.

And guess what?

We have not seen any kind of dip in our rate of acceptances from literary agents and literary journals.

Here are some numbers.
  • Since 1994, our clients have received 18,000 acceptance letters.
  • In 2017 alone, our clients earned 73 individual Pushcart Prize nominations.
  • In 2018, our writers have received over 915 acceptance letters from 237 different literary magazines and literary agents (and the year isn’t over yet!).
Journals are not sending out fewer acceptances. So if your work is properly prepared and targeted, you’re still on track to get acceptances.

Reason Number 2: More Competition Does NOT Equal More Difficulty Getting Published

Because submission manager software has eliminated most major deterrents, many more writers are now sending out many more submissions. But that doesn’t mean it’s easier for them to grab an acceptance letter out of your hands.

Here’s one of the dirtiest little secrets of the publishing industry: A large percentage of submissions arrive CLICK TO CONTINUE READING.

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Magic Spells That Writers Wish Were Real
October 30, 2018
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Wouldn’t it be great if there were magic spells to help writers deal with rejection letters, deadlines, writer’s block, and submissions research? Well, get out your magic wands (aka pens), writers! The research wizards at Writer’s Relief have discovered a few charms and spells buried beneath a pile of client acceptance letters. Okay, they may not really work—but we bet they magically bring a smile to your face!


Every writer knows the frustration that comes with carving out an hour during the day to sit down and write—only to be bombarded with text notifications, kids arguing over the remote, and a thousand other distractions. For writers wishing for a few moments of uninterrupted writing time, the handy “scriboquiescis” spell will produce an impenetrable bubble of silence. But if that doesn’t work, you can always try locking the door and turning off your phone.

Furant Accipere!

Writers sometimes read a book or poem that’s just so good, they wish they had written it themselves. If that sounds familiar, “furant accipere” is the spell for you! This spell should be used delicately and carefully; otherwise, you may find yourself 

(Thanks for sharing this fun Halloween article with all of your writer friends.)

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Can You Make Money By Writing Poetry, Short Stories, Short Personal Essays, And Novels?
October 12, 2018
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We’ve all heard stories of authors who arrive at writing conferences in their personal helicopters, who own multiple vacation homes, and who get million-dollar book deals. But realistically, what are the chances that you as a creative writer will join the ranks of writers who are making a ton of money?

At Writer’s Relief, we know most writers don’t become zillionaires. Some are able to make a comfortable living as a writer, but others are not. Today we’re going to take a hard look at just how much money a creative writer can expect to make over the course of his or her career. We’re also going to give you some great ideas to help you make a little bit more money from your creative writing.

Below is a breakdown by GENRE to help you understand how much money you may or may not make with your writing. CLICK HERE to continue.

Keep reading and you will learn…

…How Much Money Can I Make Writing Poems Or Books Of Poetry?
…How Much Money Can I Make Writing Short Stories?
…How To Make Money Writing Personal Essays (Or Narrative Nonfiction)

…How To Get The Government To Pay You For Writing
…10 Other Ways To Make Money As A Creative Writer
…A List Of Literary Journals And Magazines That Pay Creative Writers

The Truth About How Much Money People Are Making On Their Books, Poems, And Short Prose

Like so many of the world’s most tantalizing questions, the answer to “how much money can I make as a writer?” is: It depends.

The amount of money you can make on a story, book, poem, or essay is subject to many factors: the freshness of your voice, editorial trends, your ability to research and submit regularly, etc.

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you
ridiculous if you earn no money.—Jules Renard

Unfortunately, for most writers, while creative writing warms your heart and enriches your life, it is probably not going to pay your mortgage.

Literary magazines that publish poetry and short fiction are rarely able to pay their creative writers. Literary journals rely on government grants, donations, fund-raisers, and (sometimes) income from subscribers. There isn’t much left over to actually pay their contributors.

That said, there are ways to make money on your creative writing!

Here is a breakdown by GENRE to help you understand how much money you may or may not make with your writing. CLICK HERE to continue.

(Thank you for forwarding this informative article to the other creative writers in your life.)

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October 9th, 2018
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Choosing to be a creative writer means routinely subjecting yourself to fear. But most of the time, the frightening possibilities we imagine are much scarier than the actual worst-case scenarios.

The experts here at Writer's Relief let you in on the common fears creative writers face and offer practical solutions to ensure fear never holds you back—whether you’re submitting to literary journals, trying to get your novel traditionally published, or choosing to chart your own course and self-publish.

Fourteen Fears That Stop Creative Writers From Advancing Their Publishing Careers

1) Fear of rejection letters. Some writers fall prey to self-sabotaging habits; their fear of rejection letters becomes so great that it stops them from making submissions to literary agents and editors.

2) Fear of not making enough book sales to cover your investment. For self-publishing authors, shelling out the money for cover art, proofreading, formatting, and printing takes a leap of faith. The more money you have invested in your self-publishing career, the more afraid you may be that it won’t pan out.

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning.—Robert Kiyosaki

3) Fear of forgetting a great idea. Writers often lose their best ideas simply because they have not harnessed the best methods to keep track of them.

4) Fear of not having an audience. Writers who publish are writers who anticipate having an audience. The fear that an audience will not show up can keep us from putting ourselves out there. Sometimes, it feels safer to stay home than to give a reading and face row upon row of empty chairs.

5) Fear of not being taken seriously as a writer. No matter where you are in your writing career, you can still be afraid of not being given serious respect. Writers worry that

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33 Great Reasons To Submit To Lit Mags
October 5, 2018
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Novelists, Poets, and Short Fiction Writers TAKE NOTE

Why Submit To Literary Journals? Here Are 33 Great Reasons.

Today, we’ll show you around the publishing world and review all the ways submitting your writing to literary journals and magazines can advance your writing career (in ways you never could have expected!).

Let’s be honest—submitting your writing to literary magazines is a TON of work. At Writer’s Relief, we know researching and prepping one single submission can eat up hours of your precious writing time. But if you want to build a reputation as a writer, the effort is TOTALLY worth it. 

First, we’ll look at the most common reason why some writers want to submit their poems, short stories, and essays to literary magazines: to make money!

Will You Get Rich Submitting Your Writing To Literary Journals? 

Friend, if your hope is to make lots of money publishing poems, short stories, or essays, you may want to be sitting down for this. 

What Are The Career Advantages Of Publishing With Literary Magazines?

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE to the list of 33 Great Reasons.

Opportunities don't happen, you create them.
—Chris Grosser

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