Category Archives: Tips & Quotes

Having realistic pay expectations

When the members of the Gettysburg Writers Brigade talk about markets where we can publish our work. Around the Gettysburg area, the local magazines pay 10 cents to 50 cents a word. I also write for magazines all over the … Continue reading

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How much should you charge for your writing?

I’m often asked by new writers what they should charge for an article. My answer is that it is often not up to the writer. The publication will make an offer, and you can decide whether to accept it or … Continue reading

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Developing your book marketing plan

Rosemary Hutchison talked to the Gettysburg Writers Brigade about the book marketing plans she has put together for her husband, Will. The one thing I noted about her talk is that she said a marketing plan forces an author to … Continue reading

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How to become a successful author

I’ve been a professional writer for 30 years (Wow! Seeing that number applied to something I’ve done freaks me out a bit.), and I’ve done a lot of different types of writing. My first novel was published in 1996, and … Continue reading

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The decisions you need to make before you start writing your book

Here is another set of slides from a presentation that Gettysburg Writers Brigade founder, Will Hutchison, made to the group. This one involves some of the choices you need to make as you set out to write your book. You … Continue reading

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How to find your story

I’m trying a different type of post today. The Gettysburg Writers Brigade is a group of writers who both support each other and learn from each other. Our group’s founder, Will Hutchison, usually moderates discussions different topics. He also teaches … Continue reading

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Tighten your writing and make it sharper

At the meeting of the Gettysburg Writer’s Brigade last week, we talked about cutting the flab from your writing. One of the first things Will Hutchison recommends is searching out each word that ends in –ly in your writing and … Continue reading

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