Hannah Gordon is a recent graduate of The University of Michigan, where she studied Communications and Creative Writing. Her creative work can be found in Burrow Press Review, WhiskeyPaper, Synaesthesia Magazine, and more.
If you want to pursue a career in writing, more likely than not, you’ll do some freelance writing. Writers have a lot of options when it comes to freelance writing jobs online, and if done correctly, they can turn quite a profit. Many writers find successful careers in freelance. If self-publishing a book is a dream of yours, you can support yourself by freelancing for magazines and websites while working on your book. If you’ve ever considered freelance writing, keep reading for more information, tips, and suggestions.
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In your search to find a self-publisher, you may have come across the term “ghostwriter.” Ghostwriting jobs abound online. A popular form of freelancing, many writers find success in this unique arena of publishing. But, what is a ghostwriter? What do they do? We’ll discuss this and more in this blog. From contract agreements to what to charge as a ghostwriter, we’ll cover it all.
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If you’re reading this, that means you’ve decided to write a novel or some other kind of book. While not an easy task, self-publishing a book will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. If you’ve never done it before, you may not know where to begin. So much more than just writing goes into the novel-writing process. In order to write and self-publish a novel (or any book for that matter), you’ll need to do an incredible amount of planning, prewriting, writing, revising, and editing. In past blogs, we’ve talked about writing, revising, and editing, including mistakes to avoid in each of these steps. Today let’s discuss prewriting strategies.
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When people think about publishing a book, they usually think about novels, i.e. fiction books—with genres such as mystery, romance, fantasy, historical, or science fiction—however a large percentage of bestsellers are in fact nonfiction books. Nonfiction, like fiction, covers a wide array of subjects and book types. What unites all nonfiction books is that they’re true stories. Fiction is made-up, purely the product of an author’s imagination (though influenced by real life). Nonfiction, therefore, is not made up. Let’s look at what types of nonfiction books there are.
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Did you know? April is National Poetry Month! You don’t need to be a poet to enjoy reading poetry. Poetry offers something for everyone: strength, encouragement, reflection, peace. April is an entire month specially dedicated to reading, writing, and appreciating poetry in all its forms. We think this is a practice readers and writers should carry with themselves throughout the entire calendar year. If you don’t know much about poetry, and don’t know where to start, don’t worry! In this blog, we’ll answer questions such as what are the different types of poetry as well as give you recommendations on where to start your reading.
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By now you probably know that April is National Poetry Month. We’ve been talking about poetry all month long. We love reading poetry, writing poetry, and self-publishing poetry. We aim to help all self-publishers throughout every step of the self-publishing journey. From drafting to creating your cover to printing your book, we’ll be right by your side.
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April is National Poetry Month, so we’re talking poetry all month long. Reading poetry can help overall reading and literacy skills, which is exactly why your kids should read poetry. Learn more about Poetry books for kids.
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April may be our favorite month of the year—National Poetry Month! Whether you write it or not, poetry offers something for everyone who reads it. It can offer strength, encouragement, reflection, peace—the list goes on and on. This month is dedicated to reading, writing, and appreciating poetry in all its forms, which is wonderful, but we think this is a practice readers and writers should carry with themselves throughout the entire calendar year. If reading poetry has inspired you to start writing your own, but you aren’t quite sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. DiggyPOD aims to help every writer, whether self-published or not. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to write poetry for beginners.
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Every writer needs some guidance here and there. You don’t start out by publishing bestselling novels. It takes years of practice and learning. So whether you’ve self-published one book, many books, or no books, there’s always room to improve your writing. Our latest blog series has explored how to improve your writing, from at-home practices and activities to group workshops and retreats.
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Imagine this: you’re reading through what you think is a print-ready proof of your manuscript, ready for it to be printed, bound, and shipped out, only to find countless spelling and grammar errors. Suddenly, what you thought was ready to be printed and sold needs another round of edits (maybe a few). Doesn’t sound fun, does it? We don’t think so. That’s why we believe taking steps to eradicate these common writing mistakes from your work is crucial. Our latest blog series has been all about strengthening your writing and improving your craft. Taking steps, such as attending writing workshops and retreats, and following writing prompts and other exercises, to improve the quality of your work is great, but it’s all for naught if it’s riddled with the same mistakes over and over again.
Here are some common writing mistakes that hinder your work. Do yourself and your craft a favor, and cut these errors.
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