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The Working Writer's Club

Welcome to the Working Writer’s Club

I’m Suzanne Lieurance, The Working Writer’s Coach and Director of the Working Writer’s Club. Do you want to turn your love of writing into a part time or full time career? Then become a member of our writer’s club (it’s free) and you’ll gain immediate access to a wealth of

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the adventures of the parsley family and the dancing snails

Adventures of the Parsley Family and the Dancing Snails

Today we’re hosting Day 2 of a 5-day virtual tour for Michael Read’s new book for children, The Adventures of the Parsley Family and the Dancing Snails. This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center. In today’s post, Michael tells about his life as a

Memoir Writing

memoir writing

Memoir Writing – Step 3, Write!

Write a Memoir In a previous post about memoir, we learned the difference between a memoir and an autobiography. In another post, we covered some basics in writing a memoir and considered who we were writing for and what event or period of time would be covered in the

Writer's Workshops


Digging for Treasure: Finding Lesser Known Magazine Markets for Your Work

Register now for this exciting and informative writer’s workshop presented by author and full time freelance writer Melissa Abramovitz. About the Workshop Many freelance writers aspire to publish articles and short stories in well-known magazines they regularly see on newsstands – like Good Housekeeping, Shape, Men’s Fitness, Better Homes and

Getting Motivated

getting motivated

Do You Need a Little Help Getting Motivated to Write?

Getting Motivated One of the most difficult aspects of writing for many people is motivation. Deep down they want to write. But, for some reason, they just can get motivated to actually write something. Watch this short video to see if any of these reasons for lack of motivation apply

For Writers

double your freelance income

Double Your Freelance Income

If you’re trying to double your freelance income this year, one of the easiest ways to do that is by offering more/new products and services to your existing clients. That’s because it’s easier to sell more to the clients you already have than it is to find a steady stream

Writing Tips

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Break Through Writer’s Block

How to Overcome Writer’s Block by Rebecca Camarena Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? Writer’s block is a real thing. And it’s terrible. You can’t write. You can’t think. The muse has packed up and left town. You’re afraid she will never come back. According to Victoria Nelson, in

Freelance Writing

fearless writing

Become a Fearless Freelance Writer

Fearless Writing As a writing coach, I meet people all the time who want to become freelance writers, but they let fear keep them from starting or expanding a writing career. The truth is, the freelance writing life just isn’t right for most people. At least not traditional freelance writing,

Writing Prompts

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Creative Writing Prompts for This Week

Creative Writing Prompts from Suzanne Lieurance, the Working Writer’s Coach Try these creative writing prompts as story starters this week. 1. You’ve sold all your furniture and household goods so you can move anywhere easily. Where will you go? How will you live now? 2. Your great Aunt Esther has

Healthy Writers

Healthy Writer

How to Deal with Raw Emotions

Deal with Raw Emotions Many of us stuff our emotions. But this isn’t healthy, and if you’re a writer, it is bound to adversely affect your writing. Here are a few ways to deal with raw emotions so you remain a healthy writer: 1. Breathe Here’s a good on-the-spot technique

Club Member Spotlight

Jennifer Brown Banks

Jennifer Brown Banks in the Spotlight with a New Book

Jennifer Brown Banks Working Writer’s Club member, and a regular columnist for the club, Jennifer Brown Banks is a contributing writer in a book for freelancers that will be published this fall by Adams Media. The Ultimate Freelancer’s Guidebook will feature a chapter written by Jennifer about becoming a branding

Romance Writing

where do you find your ideas

Where Do You Find Your Ideas?

Where do your ideas come from? This is a question people have asked me about writing fiction. The answer to that is simple: Ideas are everywhere. If you look at situations and people as subjects for your romance novels or novellas, it’s not hard to imagine stories around them, once

Become a Writer – Getting Started

are you a procrastinator

Are You A Procrastinator by Phyllis Turner

Do you find you keep putting off writing in favor of something else? Cleaning, browsing Facebook, organizing closets… anything except writing? I’m the queen of procrastination and I’ve even wondered if I have ADD and don’t know it. I sit down to write and oh, there’s a new email… and

Book Marketing

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Book Marketing and the Shotgun Social Media Strategy

A More Effective Social Media Strategy Convince and Convert (Digital Marketing Advisors) had an interesting article by Jay Baer on how to create a more effective social media strategy. Most marketers, including book marketers, know that the majority of social media channels don’t send (share) your posts to everyone on


journaling for accountability

Your Journal Keeps You Accountable

Accountability, while not a new concept, can be instrumental in achieving success. We all want to be successful. We all want to achieve our goals. Unfortunately, often we fail to reach the achievements and milestones we envision for ourselves because we fail to hold ourselves accountable for our actions, our

Writing for Children

why editors reject manuscripts

Why Are Editors Rejecting My Manuscript?

Why Editors Reject Manuscripts by Melissa Abramovitz Recently an aspiring children’s author hired me to critique and edit a short story that children’s magazine editors kept rejecting. Since some of the mistakes this writer made are very common, I decided to share how I helped her correct them. These errors

Jobs for Writers

Six Steps to Finding Writing Jobs

Six Steps to Finding Writing Jobs and Building Your Business

If you want to actually make a living from your writing, and become what I call a “working” freelance writer, you need to know what to do to create a constant flow of income. Finding writing jobs usually requires several steps. Here are six steps to try: Step 1. Start

Magazine Writing

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Learn to Write Winning Queries Video

If you want to make money writing for magazines you need to learn to write winning query letters. Watch this short video: For more helpful videos, subscribe to The Morning Nudge on Do Query Letters Ever Get Easier to Write? Here’s an email I got from one of

Mystery Writing

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5 Ways to Start a Mystery Novel

by Zia Westfield Making the leap from mystery reader to mystery writer is huge. It’s practically the equivalent of jumping over the Grand Canyon. In fact, if you look too closely you might talk yourself out of jumping. Let’s assume you’ve decided to go for it and try your hand

Strategic Blogging

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Are You the Lady With Tissue Dragging From the Bottom of Your Shoe?

6 Embarrassing Things Readers Won’t Always Tell You About Your Blog by Jennifer Brown Banks “There is none so blind as he who will not see.” Blogging Mistakes to Avoid We’ve all seen her or been her at one time or another. You know: the lady who leaves the ladies’

Build Your Business with a Book

determining your target market reader

Fit, Ability, Access: The Three-Way Test for Determining Your Target Market/Reader for Nonfiction Writers

Last month I attended the International Coach Federation Midwest Conference in Indianapolis and had the chance to hear speaker, business coach, and author Chala Dincoy discuss the key to finding your ideal client. She provided us with a three-way test for assessing compatibility with different target markets, and I realized

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