Based on a writing workshop I taught for 10 years through the UNB College of Extended Learning...the creative exercises in this workshop will open your creative juices for fiction and non-fiction, essays, proposals...any writing where you want to stand out.
You'll need this for one of the exercises but it's optional.
Based on a workshop I gave at the 2011 Maritime Writers' Workshop, the information is dated in some parts and I'm sure some of the links are dead, but the basic concepts for finding a publisher or agent remain the same...some of them still want snail mail submissions.
It’s no longer enough for writers to just write books. Increasingly, publishers expect their stable of writers to play a role in marketing their books and, the smaller the publisher, the larger and more crucial that role becomes. It was with this in mind that I wrote the first edition of this book over a decade ago.
I completed the third edition for this book eight years ago, so many of the links no longer work, some of the options are no longer relevant and, definitely, there are many new options for writers to market their books.
However, this book can still provide a starting point for writers who know nothing about marketing and don’t want to pay thousands of dollars to a marketing agency without first trying a few things on their own.
The idea behind the book is to provide writers with a quick overview of marketing options offered online and break each into three parts:
The book follows a format of define, demonstrate and explore. This allows you to read through the book, pick a handful of options and start using them right away. Most of the options are either free or inexpensive. As you become comfortable with whatever options you’re using, you can add others.
Becoming familiar with, and using, these marketing options step-by-step (without being overwhelmed) will help you identify new options and assess their usefulness in your personal marketing.
Always keep in mind the immortal words of Gangshen Barto:
“No great product was ever greater than its marketing.”
Some folks say you're born with it, or not born with it. We're ALL born with it.
We just tend towards losing it until we find our way back.
OK, so this one pokes fun at writers, but it presents a view that many writers may recognize...and especially the people around them
Don’t let the hard voices get to you.
You’re a writer.
Yes, being a writer does have an upside.
One man's struggle to accept the inevitable is everyone else's sob story.
This is the first story in Blowing Up. You can get your own copy here: Blowing Up.
What if you suddenly had super powers? How would you test them? How would you know exactly what they are?
And what if they weren't exactly what you thought?
Wrote this one over a ten year period. Wrote the the last six pages (minus the last page, which came almost five years later) in pencil while working at a bar and passing each finished page to three customers who kept telling me to write faster.
I started posting the Searching for Peace blogs in December 2014 and into March 2015. All two people who read my blog were astounded by the sheer absurdity of the posts and read them only so they could laugh at me. But that’s OK, I laugh at myself and the blog posts gave three people a reason to laugh.
By the time March rolled around Biff and the Fox still hadn’t found peace, though they’d almost come close somewhere in their minds. So, this is an unfinished story, serialized over several months. Boy…my two readers were pissed.
They said, unison, “We hate you, Biff, for doing this. There’s no ending. Where’s the ending? It’s like losing power just before the end of a mystery movie or missing the last five minutes of a Leafs game when they’re up 5 points and still manage to lose. We want to see how they do that. We want to see how Biff and the Fox either find peace or don’t find peace. Where’s the ending, Biff, where?”
All I can think of is this: Successful or not, if the search for peace ever ends, we’re screwed.