Resources for writers who would like to have their work published.
(Cue the sad faces and dramatic tear floods)
I wrote this earlier this morning, and I had intended on posting it immediately but I had a bunch of other things to do. Everything down to the introduction was already written and oddly enough it was inspired by a certain person who I know. Simultaneously, another person I knew was online complaining about the SAME person regarding the SAME issues. Don’t become this kind of individual!
Most of my posts are inspired by people who are in my life like friends and family members who ask for my advice or vent to me. I try my best to give sound advice to them, but questions like these leave me speechless.
First, I cannot answer that question. Whether you are a believer in God, Allah, Buddha, or Karma. I don’t know what a person does every single day, but what I can say is what I know from life experience: “When you put out negative energy that is all you will get back”. The same goes for good energy.
If you are really facing tribulations that leave you asking yourself this question, then there is something else that you should ask yourself: am I going through this struggle because there is a blessing coming my way, or is this some kind of lesson that I am supposed to be learning.
Since we cannot hear God’s direct answers to our questions, we are forced to answer it ourselves with the clues that he gives us. Unfortunately some of us take the easy way out and think that our lessons are simple like to be more patient. Some of us don’t realize that what we do on a regular basis may hinder us from the blessings that God has in store for us.
I mean really think about…
It’s the amnesia of a person’s actions that really gets me. He or she complains “why is this happening to me?”, not realizing that the negative energy that you put out on a daily basis could be the reason. Negative energy could be as little as innocent gossiping. I’m not weighing negative energy as a sin in this particular post (although it may be), because we all sin and somehow we are all blessed by God in our own ways. People have to realize that when more negative energy is put out than good, your actions may hinder you from the blessing that you are praying for, or that maybe it is being put off by God and instead he replaces it with a lesson of struggle to teach you that changes need to be made within yourself. Even then, some may ignore it and wonder why their lives grow to be even more difficult.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many people gather to pray for us, or how many times we pray each day. As long as you’re releasing negative energy, that is all you will get back. It seems as though the easiest things to do are the hardest, either because we don’t want to make that change or because we don’t see anything wrong with what we’re doing.
Have what ever outlook you want, but you cannot expect to experience heavenly blessings, when you giving others Hell.
Think about it…
There’s a part II and III coming soon.
I have yet to enroll into any writing associations, but I know there are a lot of different ones that cater to different authors. Are they really beneficial to authors?
My new mission is to enroll in a few to see what they are like and what they have to offer. In the meantime, if you are interested in becoming an active member of an writing associations you should limit your search preferences to your specific writing genre, your location (city/state), your gender (if you’re a woman) and ethnicity (if you belong to minority group).
Another thing you should keep in mind before you apply for a membership is to find out the association’s guidelines on who they admit (i.e. you may need to have certain amount of publications to be printed at a professional level before you can become a member). This kind of information should be available on the organization’s website.
The query letters and book proposals that I did were editing by an author from Zondervan, but not as many people can be so luck. Here are some other options for proofreading, editing, and critiquing:
- Seek a copy editor (ex./ Pinkeraser.com, Edit911.com)
- QueryShark or Pubrants: If your submission is worthy, they will edit it for free and post it on their respective blogspots pages for other authors to refer to. Another perk is that they are professionals so they know what they’re talking about.
- Critique Groups (Scriobphile, Writing.com, and Critique Circle).
To be continued!!!
There are a few routes to take.
The first option that you can explore is to enroll into free online writing courses, which are offered at colleges located all over the country, University of Utah offers a course Introduction to Creative Writing; Purdue University offers a course Proofreading Your Writing, and M.I.T offers two courses Writing and Reading Short Stories and Writing and Reading Poems.
You can also google other schools who offer free online courses, as well. You may not receive college credits for these courses but they offer a wealth of information that you can use to write, and if you are planning on returning to college, you can check to see if you can test out the course the CLEP, or the College Level Examination Program (More Information Here!) if the test is accepted by your prospective college.
Community colleges offer community education courses on campus (and sometimes off-campus), which range from basic writing to lessons on how to publish and market your book.The duration of these courses range from one session to several weeks. Again, I don’t think that you can use these courses to earn credits towards a degree but they’re moderately priced around 25 to 100 dollars.
Writing workshops may be offered through professional organizations and writing conferences as well. Writer’s Digest Magazine offers courses from Blogging 101 -Fundamentals of Fiction Writing- Advanced Novel Writing Workshop. These courses are offered through Writer’s Digest University and are more pricey (around $200-$800), but Writer’s Digest also offers free webinars and and writing tutorials.
Until we meet again!