“You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world.” – John Rogers
For authors considering self-publication, there are a lot of extra roles the author must fill that a traditional publisher provides. Among them is editing. Even if you are going the traditional publishing, route there is the debate of whether or not to use an editor before shopping for and agent or publisher.
SFWA provides a lengthy discussion on when to seek out an editor, what to look for in an editor, and what you will and won’t be getting when you hire an editor. Even better, they provide a few links to well established editors.
May the Muse be with you,
“My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: When you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip.” – Elmore Leonard
Forward Motion for Writers is a place where writers help other writers, all with the goal of getting published.
Everything, from the discussion boards to the classes, are free.
A couple years ago they added a section for the Indie publishing industry due to the changes in self-publication
May the Muse be with you,
The Iowa Review, run by the writing and literature departments at the University of Iowa publishes three times a year.
Contest submissions are accepted in January, all other submissions from September through November.
The Iowa Review accepts simultaneous submissions.
Submissions are accepted online for a fee or through snail mail.
Response time is one to four months.
Iowa Review pays eight cents per word, one hundred dollars minimum
“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” – Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
Now that you have your tools to motivate you to write, here are some options to keep track of how many words you write a day. Each offers a different layout
Jamie Raintree – It looks like an excel spreadsheet, but you have to email her to get a copy.
Keith Dumble – The Amazing Mechanical Wordcount Tracker, this is for Google Drive users only.
Justin McLachlan – an excel spreadsheet for download that changes colors as you progress
Sprint Shack – another excel spreadsheet
Jenny Trout – excel done up by week
Nerds and Nomsense – a guide on how to make your own spreadsheet
Finally, the previously mention Svenja Gosen
May the Muse be With You,