Advice for Writers – call for submissions

Advice for Writers - Call for submissions

Are you a pubished author? What’s your top piece of advice for new and emerging authors?

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Our core purpose at Publishing Talk is to educate new and emerging authors – so they can navigate the publishing industry successfully and reach their full potential as writers. If you’re a published author (traditional or self-published), I’d love to involve you in a new project.

Advice for Writers

I’m looking for short pieces of advice for new writers from those who have gone before and got a publishing deal or successfully self-published. I’m also interested in hearing from you if you’re a creative writing tutor, agent, editor or other industry professional with valuable advice to share.

It can be anything from a pithy phrase to a short paragraph, and about any aspect of becoming a successful author, such as:

  • how the industry works
  • the publishing process
  • how to get an agent
  • advice about writing – from the broad (e.g. productivity tips) to the specific (e.g. tips about writing dialogue)
  • inspiring, philosophical or psychological advice (e.g. about handling rejection)
  • tips for book marketing and promotion
  • tips for dealing with being a published author – such as how to handle press interviews or successfuly attend literary festivals
  • …or anything else you can think of!

What is your best piece of advice for new writers starting out? What do people always ask you – and what do you usually tell them?

How will you use my piece of advice?

If chosen, I’d like to use your advice in one or more of the following ways:

  • In a blog post, which I will update periodically
  • In a short ebook, grouped by topic or theme (if we get a lot of submissions)
  • As quote cards on our Instagram account – which I can share on other social media too.

What’s in it for me?

  • The warm glow of helping new and emerging authors with your best piece of advice!
  • If used on the blog, your affiliation will include a link to your book and/or company or institution.
  • If included in an ebook, the proceeds from this will help us continue and develop our educational programme for new authors – including our masterclasses and any other events we run.
  • If used on our social media channels, visibility to our large number of followers (we have 300,000+ on Twitter, for example, @publishingtalk), along with a tag of your name (if you’re on the social media channel your quote is shared on). You might want to include your social media handles along with your submission for this reason.

Sounds great! How do I send it to you?

Use the contact form on this site, with ‘Advice for Writers‘ in the subject line.

Please make sure you include your name and affiliation. Which could include the title of your latest or best-known book (e.g. Jon Reed, author of Get Up to Speed with Online Marketing), or your job title (such as lecturer in creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London or literary agent at Curtis Brown). Or whatever makes most sense for you.

When do you need it by?

I’ll keep the blog post updated periodically – for a while at least – unless and until it gets too unweildly! If we do an ebook, that will be compiled and published once we have enough entries.

So… there’s no deadline as such – but the sooner you send something, the more likely it is to be included, and the sooner we can start sharing some of these on a blog post and on our social media.

Many thanks in advance – and I look forward to hearing from you!

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Jon Reed

Jon Reed is the founder of Publishing Talk, which helps new and emerging authors write, publish and sell books. Advice is available via the blog and our masterclasses and membership programme. Jon has worked in the publishing industry for 25 years: 10 as a publisher, and 15 as a social media consultant working with publishers. He is also an author and screenwriter. His books include Get Up to Speed With Online Marketing (2e, Pearson Business, 2013). Jon lectures on social media at Birkbeck, University of London, and offers social media training to publishers and others. He is also director of social media strategy for digital agency Pilao Labs. More...