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Help with Writing Query Letters

For some writers, composing an eye-catching query letter comes with little problems. For others  it’s one of the most nerve-wracking parts of being a freelance writer.

Below are some sites that I’ve compiled to make the process of birthing the perfect query letter a little more manageable.

From Writing World: How to write a successful query letter

From About.com; Freelance Writing:    Sample Query Letter

From Agent Query:    How to write a query letter

From HiWrite:    Query Letters

Your Turn: Please share any other sites that you have found useful when it comes to the how-to’s of composing a query letter.

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To Blog; Perchance to Write

While surfing my reader today, I came across this post from the blog “Write Livelihood” entitled “A writer’s guide to blogging”.

I felt that my readers could benefit from it and I also enjoyed the fact that there was a lot of information both in the blog post itself and also within the links below it.

Enjoy.

Click here to be taken to the post.

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5 Ways to Create An Engaging Writing Style. Guest Blogger: Laura Cross

I know that “guest blogger day” on this year’s blogathon isn’t for a couple more weeks, but I wanted to share this post that Laura Cross graciously gave me permission to feature on my blog.

Without further adieu, today’s post comes from fellow freelancer Laura Cross. I follow Laura’s blogs daily and I enjoy the way she always has good tips for writers. I hope my readers will enjoy Laura’s tips for creating an engaging writing style.

FIVE WAYS TO CREATE AN ENGAGING WRITING STYLE

In writing, “style” is the way you deliver your message – it’s the words you choose, the tone you use, and the way you structure sentences. Many successful practical-nonfiction books deliver their messages in a clear, concise, friendly, warm, and encouraging manner. Here are five ways to achieve a winning writing style:

1. Use Conversational Style
Write as if you were speaking to a good friend. Use informal, personal, casual words that create a comfortable trust and connect with the reader. Incorporate personal stories, anecdotes, and humor when appropriate.

2. Avoid Judgmental Language
A reader wants an author who understands and sympathizes with her problem – whether the reader needs to learn how to manage money, be a better parent, market her business, or lose 20 pounds. Avoid using judgmental stigmatizing language. Focus on what the reader can do to make good choices and improve her situation.

3. Be Reassuring and Positive
How-to and self-help readers often lack confidence. They may feel insecure about their ability to achieve the desired results. Keep your writing upbeat and optimistic. Reassure your readers that by using your program, techniques, instructions, method, or information they can reach their goals. Let them know it’s easy and many others “just like them” have achieved success. Always be supportive and create a sense of hope.

4. Address the Reader Directly
Personalize your sentences. Whenever possible, address the reader as “you.” Readers searching for answers and solutions to their problems want to hear about themselves – they want you to speak to “them” directly.

5. Keep It Simple
Clear and concise writing is the most effective. Keep your sentences short and simple – use words the average person can easily understand. Avoid technical terms when possible and always define words that may be new to the reader.

YOUR TURN: What are some of the techniques you use to create an engaging writing style?

Laura Cross is an author, screenwriter, ghostwriter, freelance book editor, and writing coach specializing in nonfiction books and script adaptation (book-to-film projects). She writes two popular blogs, http://www.NonfictionInk.com and http://www.AboutAScreenplay.com, and teaches online writing workshops http://www.ScenarioWritingStudio.com/workshops. Her latest book is The Complete Guide To Hiring A Literary Agent: Everything You Need To Know To Become Successfully Published.

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May Blogathon Begins!

This is it folks! The May 2010 Blogathon has officially kicked off starting today.

I’m so excited to be a part of this growing phenomenon for the second year in a row. I see nothing but great things in all of the participators’ future for ourselves and our blogs.

Being disciplined to write on your blog daily isn’t an easy task by any means. It takes planning and dedication to keep up with the demand of your readers. It’s not as simple as just posting daily, it’s also very important to keep your readers engaged and interested in your content so that they want to continue coming back to your blog.

I’ve been dutifully planning out my posts so that my readers and followers will be both engaged and entertained whilst reading and commenting on my blog. I’ve put work and thought into this years blogathon, rather than last year where I saw it as a “getting my feet wet” event for myself. I was new to the blogosphere and to blogging daily and I wrote whatever came to mind that day. Not this year, I’ve been a good little writer…planning where I wanted this year’s blogathon to take me.

I hope that you will come along with me on this journey and not only learn from my blog but also enjoy it enough that you want to recommend it to others and use the information supplied here to help yourself in your own writing journey.

Good luck to all the other bloggers participating. I can’t wait to read what’s on everyone else’s mind this month.

Please leave your comments below, I love hearing from my readers.

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