The publishing industry is competitive, but the writing community doesn’t have to be.
Writer, YouTuber, developmental book editor, writing coach, and former literary agent Meg LaTorre launched iWriterly as a go-to resource for writers, publishing a variety of content—including how-to videos, blogs, query critiques, and more—to assist both veteran and aspiring authors in their writerly journeys.
Some of the most popular writing resources include:
- YouTube: Weekly how-to writing videos (with an entrepreneurial spin)
- Query Hack: Free query critiques for writers pursuing traditional publication and literary representation
- iWriterly Blog: Regular posts on writing/publishing-related topics, including author interviews
- Guest blogs on Writer’s Digest and Savvy Authors
- Pitch contest calendar
- Writing resources
- Favorite writing tools
- Editorial services
- Book reviews
- Newsletter: Book Nerd Buzz is a monthly newsletter where subscribers receive iWriterly insiders and giveaways as well as a free copy of How to Format Your Manuscript for Submission, a template for writers looking to query or share their manuscript with freelance editors
Latest videos, articles, blogs, & more:
This WEek’s iWriterly Video
Are you looking to hire a developmental editor to work with you on your manuscript? Or maybe you’re hoping to launch your very own freelance book editing career. In this iWriterly episode, Meg LaTorre will discuss what a developmental editor is and how they fit into today’s publishing landscape. This is the first video in a new series all about book editing, specifically developmental editors.
Sydney answers our questions on:
- What inspired this story and an inside look at the book
- The process of finding her agent
- What the submission process was like
- What publishing with an indie press was like
- Marketing: What authors are expected to do vs. what publishers do
- The reception of The Halves of Us
- What’s next for Sydney
This Month’s Savvy Authors Blog
All writers want their prose to read smoothly and have the reader fully engaged without being pulled from the story due to an overabundance of unnecessary words that make sentences read clunkier.
These unnecessary words are often referred to as “filler words.” Filler words aren’t necessarily “bad” words, and they have their place in the craft of writing. However, many writers use these words copiously throughout their manuscripts when they aren’t strictly necessary.
Now, sometimes extra filler words can be used in places like dialogue to make it feel more authentic to today’s modern culture, but the narration doesn’t require the same strategy.
Whether you are pursuing traditional- or self-publication, all writers need to be at least moderately aware of the word count of their manuscripts. Cutting back on filler words can often be what writers need to lessen their overarching word count.
Read the blog to learn of filler words you will want to consider using less frequently in your manuscript.
Literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson of the Corvisiero Literary Agency answers our questions on querying, how many clients an agent takes on each year, submission (the process, types of materials sent, how many editors are reached out to at once), author platform (and how that impacts publication goals), and what the author-agent relationship looks like.
The iWriterly team asks a group of writers the following question: What is your greatest struggle in your journey as a writer? Thirteen writers (traditionally-published, indie-published, and yet-to-be-published) share what they do to overcome hurdles in their writing careers. The writing community unites in this thirteen-person collab.
Special thank you to all of the writers who shared their experiences in this video.