Category Archives: How-To

“Put Your Write Foot In” – Leah Merrill

How to get published for the first time If you’ve never been published, the whole “non-artsy” side of the writing business can seem as daunting as a genre you’ve never written. Agents, queries, advances, proposals—frankly, I wouldn’t know where to start, either. There are enough books out there to help you land a million-dollar book deal that I won’t add… Read more »

Should I Copyright My Writing or Visual Art?

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For someone who has struggled to develop a creative work, the thought that someone might steal it for their own benefit is alarming. In the age of the Internet, theft of an artist’s work can be as simple as a click and save, and software makes it easy to paste your work into someone else’s product. You may have heard… Read more »

Arts & Numbers – Financial Planning for Artists

You sold your first piece of work! Hooray! Congratulations! Celebrate that check, because it is a major moment of creative validation. You have mad creative skills—skills with financial value. If you want to pursue your art/writing professionally it is important to understand what your talent is worth, figure out how to quantify it, and start maintaining good financial records. It… Read more »

Hiring an Editor: Where to Start

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As a professional editor, I routinely receive requests to edit all sorts of materials. However, what these prospective clients mean by “edit” may vary. Do they want me to find the weaknesses of the argument or narrative, or do they simply need someone to correct the grammar? So I often find myself helping them figure out just what type of… Read more »