Throwback Thursday: How to Write a Novel That Will Actually Be Worthy of Publishing

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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by Michael Cristiano

So, you say you have a dream, Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. of prospective fiction (or nonfiction) writer. Well, so do I, and so do millions of others around the world. That is to write a book, but not just any damn book: a book that will be good enough to publish.

Seems like a pretty simple goal, right? In today’s day and age, there are a billion ways to see your work published: paperback, hardcover, ebook, literary magazine, traditional publishing, self-publishing, hybrid publishing, serialization, writing your novel on your arm and reciting it in the subway (okay, maybe not that one…)

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Draft2Digital Adds Audiobook Distribution via Findaway Voice

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by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader

With its universal book links, mailing list and ePub creation services, and broad distribution network, Draft2Digital has positioned itself as an upmarket alternative to Smashwords.

Now D2D is adding a service offered by no other ebook distributor: audiobooks.

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Four Things I’ve Learnt From Running A Blog For Four Years

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by Pekoeblaze

This blog is four today. I’m still amazed that it just started with a random “Hmm… Why don’t I make a blog?” idea all that time ago.

So, like I’ve done in 2014 (part one,part two),in 2015and in 2016, I thought that I’d share some of the things that I’ve learnt from making a blog for this length of time, in case they’re useful to you too. Hopefully, I won’t repeat anything that I’ve already mentioned, but it might happen.

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How Writers Can Make Extra Cash

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by Laura Peters

All writers go through periods where the creative juices dry up and then so does the cash flow. It’s not always easy to ensure a regular income as a writer so it’s useful to have a few extra tips up our sleeves, for those moments where we need to make a little extra cash. Here are a few tips, with writers in mind, on how we can make a little extra money in those moments when things dry up a little.

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Why Blogging is Important for Writers

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by Shelley Widhalm

Are blogs like legwarmers that are trendy and fashionable, popular in the ’80s and back in style again?

Or are they like the necessary boots and thick socks that are the staple of any wardrobe in a climate with seasons?

With more than 150 million blogs in existence, it seems like everyone should be blogging from writers to business owners to anyone who wants to get their writing to readers, customers and clients.

But are blogs here to stay, necessary for your marketing wardrobe?

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How To Accept Literary Success Might Take Years To Achieve #SundayBlogShare #Writer

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You enter the writing world as a fresh-faced newbie with bags of enthusiasm, a head full of stories and the belief that it won’t take you long to achieve literary success! It will be a matter of months before your work starts a publishing bidding war.

Sadly this belief starts to fade the more you write. Ugh!

You come to realise that books go through a never-ending circle of drafting, rewriting and editing. They never seem to match the story in your head either.

This cycle can go on for years with just ONE book!*Eye roll*

Things may not run smoothly. You have to prepare for:

  • Drafts which never meet your expectations
  • Drafts which require extra mental stewing,
  • Drafts which are sabotaged by painful periods of writer’s block
  • Draft which are put to one side during unexpected curve ball life events.
  • Drafts which remain ugly ducklings and never turn…

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