The publishing industry is competitive, but the writing community doesn’t have to be.
Writer, developmental book editor, 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:
- iWriterly: Weekly writing how-to videos on YouTube
- Query Hack: Free query critiques for writers pursuing traditional publication and literary representation
- Guest blogs on Writer’s Digest and SavvyAuthors
- Pitch contest calendar
- Editorial services
Latest videos, articles, blogs, & more:
This week’s iWriterly Video
iWriterly and Wolfshot Publishing join forces to create a two-part collab on how to make an AuthorTube or BookTube channel. (Click here to watch Cam’s video.)
Guest Appearance | Collab with Wolfshot Publishing
So you want to be a BookTuber/AuthorTuber? Why not start strong, let Cam C. Wolfe and Meg LaTorre from iWriterly tell you how.
This week’s Blog
I’ve said this before, but I think it’s important to restate:
YOU DON’T NEED TO WORK WITH A FREELANCE EDITOR TO BE TRADITIONALLY PUBLISHED.
If you’d like to work with a freelance editor to improve your craft or get experienced eyes on your manuscript (and you can financially do so) before you query, that’s completely fine! I’d love to work with you. But I think there’s a rather prominent misconception that the only way to get an agent is to work with a freelance editor first. And that’s completely false.
Many writers who choose to work with freelance editors are often interested in a deep-dive into craft that they might not have gotten with their peers. If you are interested in pursuing self-publication, on the other hand, working with freelance editors is something I highly recommend.
Most writers have a few things in common:
- A need to write
- A habitual overconsumption of caffeine
- A desire to make writing their career
However, in order to be able to sustain yourself (and your family) on your writing, it’s important to treat your passion like a job. This isn’t to say you should force yourself to do something in such a way or so often until you no longer love it as you once did. But there are certain principles from corporate jobs that can (and should) be applied to your passion in the hopes of one day making it your full-time job.
NEW Online CLASS
ANNOUNCEMENT: MEG WILL BE TEACHING A ONE-WEEK QUERY-WRITING CLASS WITH SAVVYAUTHORS, STARTING SEPTEMBER 24, 2018.
Just like writing a book is a skill acquired through hard work and practice, so is writing a query letter. A query is essentially a pitch for your novel in the form of a book industry-specific cover letter. If you are looking to take your writing career to the next level and have your work noticed by literary agents, join Meg LaTorre, host of iWriterly and creator of Query Hack, for a query-writing boot camp this upcoming September. In this one-week course, you will learn: popular types of query formatting, how you can stand out, personalization, as well as how to create a strong book blurb/plot summary that will have literary agents asking for more.
Included in this one-week workshop:
- Two lessons on how to write a query
- Live query critiques
- Live Q&A with instructor to ask individual query questions
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.
Guest Appearance | Collab with Natalia Leigh
iWriterly joins Natalia Leigh, indie author of HIGH BORN and WAY OF SPEARS, for the second video in a two-part collab on self vs. traditional publishing. In this video, Natalia asks Meg LaTorre questions about the traditional publishing process: things to avoid doing when seeking literary representation, helpful writing resources, author platform, and more.
Learn some of the reasons that go into deciding if you should self-publish (vs. traditionally-publish), where self-published authors can cut if they’re on a tight budget, what aspects you shouldn’t skimp on, why beta readers/critique partners are crucial, author platform, and more in this special collab with Natalia Leigh.