How to Format a Manuscript

Questions about manuscript formatting pop up frequently in online discussion groups for writers. Sometimes you’ll get great help asking virtual strangers, but just as often the advice you receive will conflict, not apply to your particular situation, or be just plain wrong. (And how many novels could we write with all the time used on online forums to “debate” whether there should be one or two spaces after a period?) This post was inspired by an online discussion where one … Read More »

Your First Reader

We can probably all agree that time slows down painfully when someone is reading our writing in draft. And we’re particularly anxious about what our first reader will say about a first draft, yes? When you decide your work is ready to be read for the first time, who do you ask for feedback? A spouse? A friend? Another writer? Your writers group? Recently I came across an article from Poets & Writers that I’ve kept for a long time. Kevin Nance interviewed novelists … Read More »

Call for Submissions

We welcome submissions to The Florida Writer from members of the Florida Writers Association. The next deadline is coming right up. Share your writing with more than 1,300 subscribers. What to Submit Celebrations Let’s celebrate your writing successes together. Marking a milestone in your writing career? Members who have good news to share about their writing-related accomplishments should send announcements for publication. Write a one-paragraph announcement in third person Type “Celebrations” in the subject line of your submission email One … Read More »

How to Be a Professional Writer

In my one-to-one work with writers and as an editor for a print publication and several e-newsletters, I receive a constant flow of email and other communications. I love hearing from you! But I often imagine what it would be like for an agent, publisher, or magazine editor who is dealing with hundreds of queries a day to receive some of the troublesome and vague communications I receive. Let me tell you something.  Because we’re bombarded from all sides with … Read More »

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