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  • Format Your Manuscript Submission        
  Electronic Submission Trackers        
  Literary Terms        
  Market Listing Compilers        
  10 Ways to Promote Your Book        
  Qualities Needed to Succeed as a Writer        
  25 Things to Know About Writing Horror        
                                             
 
   
                                           
  Format Your Manuscript Submission Back to Top    
 

Follow the industry standard! Click here to learn how to properly format your short story or novel manuscript, following William Shunn’s standardized rules:

www.shunn.net/format/story.html

(**With the exception that you now italicize those words requiring italicization rather than underlining them.)

 

     
 
                             
 
  Electronic Submission Trackers       Back to Top
 

For writers who are interested in such things, I use an electronic spreadsheet to track my submissions, which I built in Microsoft Excel 2007.

Tracking submissions is vital to any writer’s success, knowing where your work is/ has been submitted, published, paid, etc. You can track market info, response times, or really anything you find useful in your own endeavors.

I’m including downloadable files via Google Docs links for two versions of Excel submission trackers for anyone who would like assistance in this, to become—at least—a more “organized” writer!

The first version is one that I built (Submission Tracker by Eric J. Guignard.xls) and the second is an easier alternative version created by NEON Magazine (Copy of Sample-Submissions-Tracker by NEON Magazine.xlsx).

For my version, just input the appropriate fields of information in each row (Title, where submitted, date, etc.) and also apply a numeral 1 in the corresponding column, whether the story is something you need to submit, or if’s been submitted and awaiting decision, or if accepted or rejected.

The 1 value in the first 4 columns will color-format the row for ease of viewing, and also is calculated into your submission statistics. When the submission changes (ex. From pending to accepted), just delete the “1” from the column and re-enter in a new column.

The columns can be sorted by market, story title, etc., and the statistics auto-calculate.

Besides my tracking spreadsheet, there are other resources available as well, listed here: http://www.sfwa.org/2010/08/5-resources-on-tracking-submissions/

Use what works best for you!

Submission Tracker by Eric J. Guignard.xls

Copy of Sample-Submissions-Tracker by NEON Magazine.xlsx

 

 
                       
 
  Literary Terms       Back to Top
 

Click here to access Oxford's comprehensive online dictionary of literary terms: Oxford Literary Terms

 

 
                       
 
  Market Listing Compilers       Back to Top      
 

Here are some of the best online writing aggregators I have discovered that provide CURRENT MARKET LISTINGS and the latest in what publications are asking for (focused on speculative or genre fiction). http://ericjguignard.blogspot.com/2012/05/writers-resources-market-listings.html

 

   
 
                             
 
  10 Ways to Promote Your Book       Back to Top      
 

Pretty standard fare, but a good list to start with:  10 Ways to Promote Your Book via Every Writers Resource. http://www.everywritersresource.com/10-ways-promote-book/

 

     
 
                             
       
 

Qualities Needed to Succeed as a Writer, by Eric J. Guignard

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With absolutely no empirical data to back up this rationale, I decided the following as a breakdown of the qualities needed to be a successful writer:

  • 30% Skill
  • 30% Perseverance
  • 25% Networking
  • 15% Luck

 

     
 
                             
       
  25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror   Back to Top      
 

Great list and advice by cultural phenom and horror author, Chuck Wendig: 25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror

     
                                               
                                                                 
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