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Just Got a Book Deal … Now What?! [Part 1]

From Oni: As an avid reader of this blog, you should know how much we advocate getting clients to come to you instead of having to pitch them. The same approach can be used when trying to get a book deal. Writers in Charge contributor Karol, recently got a book deal and explains how he did it in this article. Enjoy!

The funny thing is that this is not just a purely speculative post giving general advice on how to work with publishing companies … I really did get a book deal, and I want to tell you all about it.

First of all, I’m now a part of PACKT publishing, and the new author of WordPress 3 Complete – their main WordPress book.

The things I want to explain here include: the what, the how, the how to do the same.

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freelance writing

The Fairy Tale Guide to Freelance Writing

Guest post by Bree

Once upon a time, you decided to become a freelance writer.

This decision may have taken you months or even years to reach, but now that you’ve taken the plunge into freelancing, you know there’s no turning back.

However, you’ve quickly found that there’s so much organizing and marketing and general freelance writing STUFF to know that you’re becoming overwhelmed. You’ve read that you can make a very good life of freelance writing, but right now it all seems like a fairy tale, and not the kind that ends well.

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4 Things CHESS Taught Me About Effective Blogging

This is an impressive guest post by Kingsley Agu on what chess can teach us about becoming a better blogger/writer; if you love chess, you’ll love this post! You can also find out how you can play with me – if you’re interested – towards the end of this post.

I’ve been playing Chess for over 3 years now, and yet, I’ve never for once correlated its important virtue to blogging – until I played chess with Bamidele.

On the 26th of February 2013, I played a very tough Chess game with WritersinCharge’s founder, Onibalusi Bamidele, and just this single game opened my eyes to the applications of chess traits to blogging.

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freelance writing

6 Lessons a Vampire Can Teach You about Being an Extraordinary Freelance Writer

There’s a feeling that every freelance writer gets when they start to see the results from all their efforts in marketing, delivering value and networking…

It’s the same feeling that a vampire gets when it tastes blood for the first time…

And it’s the exact feeling Bella Swan, the newly initiated vampire in the Cullen family, had when she saw her first prey- a helpless rock climbing human. If you’ve watched Twilight: Breaking Dawn (Part 2), you’ll know who I’m talking about.

So, what’s this feeling I’m talking about?

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How to Overcome The ‘I’m Not a Good Writer’ Syndrome

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath

Do you think good writers are born with a pen in their hands or words flowing out of their mouths? No! It’s a skill they learn. Some have a natural flair for words and therefore it’s easy for them to write. Then there are those who are born in countries where English is their first language. Therefore they’re fortunate enough to have English lessons as part of their standard education.

On the other hand, some writers are from countries where English is not their native language. Furthermore, they may live in a part of the world where they didn’t get English grammar lessons at school.