Handling Disruption
The Writing Life by Terry Whalin | Non Fiction Book Writer
by Terry Whalin
4h ago
By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin I believe disruptions happen to every writer. The critical question is: “when it happens, how do you handle disruption in your writing life?” Each of us face health issues with ourselves or a family member. Or we have family issues that take us away from our writing. Or our equipment has technology issues and it disrupts our writing.  In recent days, my computer was attacked. As I sat working a sign blocked my computer saying something like “security update don’t turn off computer.” A hacker had gotten through to my computer, put up ..read more
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The Value of A Template
The Writing Life by Terry Whalin | Non Fiction Book Writer
by Terry Whalin
1w ago
By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin As writers, we have many repetitive tasks. There are emails to write, articles to pitch, books to propose and many other forms to fill out. These various templates have value because you don’t have to re-invent or create anything. Instead you simply fill out the form. Through the years I have found great value in templates. If there isn’t a template that I can get from a program or someone else, I create my own template.  One of the most common templates would be a printed business letter with the name of your company or your name at the top, then your ..read more
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Change Can Mean Opportunity
The Writing Life by Terry Whalin | Non Fiction Book Writer
by Terry Whalin
2w ago
By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin When it comes to change, I’m as guilty as the next person. I love my routines and doing things with a system and pattern. At times, I complain about the constant changes around me in technology, in my personal life and in my work in publishing. It is not easy to make these constant adjustments yet they are a part of our publishing world.   In the articles, I write about what I’m learning about the publishing world and here’s a simple truth: if you lean into those changes and watch for them, they can mean opportunity fo ..read more
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Elements of Effective Pitching
The Writing Life by Terry Whalin | Non Fiction Book Writer
by Terry Whalin
1M ago
By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin Many writers love to crank out words into their computer. They dream of a literary agent or editor reaching out to them with a writing project. From my decades in this business that sort of event rarely happens. That editor phone call or email you've imagined coming is a fantasy. If you want to publish a book, you need to effectively pitch a literary agent or an editor.    From my experience in publishing, one of the foundational skills to develop is an effective pitch. Whether you want to write a magazine article or a book or teach at a confe ..read more
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The Value of Reflection
The Writing Life by Terry Whalin | Non Fiction Book Writer
by Terry Whalin
1M ago
By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin Some people attribute this quotation to Mark Twain, “Find a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life.” I have found the truth in this statement as a writer and editor. While there are certainly routine and boring aspects of my work (as in every job), overall I love my life in publishing and spend many hours at my keyboard or on the phone with authors and others. My work is something I love and do every day.    Almost like clockwork, my email and interaction with others drops off from Thanksgiving until after New Year's Day. I've call ..read more
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Information Is Power
The Writing Life by Terry Whalin | Non Fiction Book Writer
by Terry Whalin
1M ago
By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin Many years ago, I did my first stint as an acquisitions editor working inside a publisher. It was an eye-opening experience for someone like me who had written numerous books on the outside but never witnessed the various dynamics inside a publishing house. Because of working inside a publisher, I wrote Book Proposals That Sell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success.    The publisher announced my new position in the trade magazines and other places. Yet to my surprise months after this announcement and with fairly often consistency, I received submissions ad ..read more
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Reach the Unreachable
The Writing Life by Terry Whalin | Non Fiction Book Writer
by Terry Whalin
1M ago
By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin One of the consistent challenges in the publishing world is to reach the right person at the right time with the right stuff. I understand a number of “rights” have to line up for this connection to be made.  The publishing world marketplace is full of half-baked ideas and poor submissions. Editors, literary agents and others have seen these submissions and it stirs them to use their delete key and not even respond to it. I've seen these poor submissions but I've chosen to take a different path.   A number of people have told me that I’m one of the most ..read more
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Just Do It
The Writing Life by Terry Whalin | Non Fiction Book Writer
by Terry Whalin
2M ago
By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin How in the world have I written thousands of book reviews? Like the Nike slogan says, I just do it. My commitment to writing book reviews springs from several motivations.   First, I want to support other authors who write good books. Also I want to encourage other writers to write book reviews—selfishly for my own books—but also for books from other writers. Finally I write reviews because good books can change lives. I know this firsthand because years ago reading a book changed the direction of my life.   Through the years, I’ve worked out a detailed ..read more
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Why The Tech Details Matter
The Writing Life by Terry Whalin | Non Fiction Book Writer
by Terry Whalin
2M ago
By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin   My life as a writer is filled with many details. These large and small details don’t seem important in some regards but they add up to making a difference.   Create It To Open When Clicked Whenever I add a website link to a blog post, I make sure when someone clicks it, the reader opens a new window and doesn’t click away from the page. This detail is important to keep people on your website and not moving away from where you want them to be reading. On a monthly basis, I write for a website. When the post launched recently, I checked the various links ..read more
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A Writing Secret
The Writing Life by Terry Whalin | Non Fiction Book Writer
by Terry Whalin
2M ago
By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin In many ways, as writers we live visible public lives. Our work gets published with our name on it in magazines and books. We speak to groups about our books or teach our particular topic. Yet not everything we do has to be visible to others. In this article, I want to tell you a writing secret and then give you a challenge.   I’m comfortable writing about this author and his writing secret because he's no longer living yet his story continues to be an example in my own life and work. Jamie Buckingham was a remarkable writer, bestselling author and contribut ..read more
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