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
Join Meg LaTorre and a group of the RevPit editors for NaNoWriMo writing tips and sprints. This special event is part of RevPit’s NaNoWriMo-themed contest. However, all are welcome to participate in the writing sprints (not simply those taking part in the RevPit contest).
This event is broken into two parts:
- Writing/editing tips
- Writing sprints (20 minutes on // 5 minutes to rest)
RevPit editors will introduce themselves and share 1) one common concern they see in RevPit submissions, 2) one common trait they see in writers who excel in the revision process, and 3) one tip for writers participating in NaNoWriMo. After which time, the writing sprints begin!
Writers Helping Writers Blog
With so many stories bouncing around in a writer’s mind, it likely comes as no surprise that most writers seek to write more—or to be more efficient in the time they have to write. In the month of November, known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) to the writing community, thousands of writers endeavor to write 50,000 words in a single month.
To give you perspective, 50,000 words is roughly 200 manuscript pages (at approximately 250 words per page). For non-writers, that number is probably akin to a month of torture. For writers, it may feel that way, too. Yet, it’s a delightful torture we do to ourselves… every year.
But regardless of the month of the year—whether it’s NaNoWriMo season or any other month—how can writers more efficiently put words onto the page?
Savvy Authors Blog
Although all writers have their own speeds when it comes to their creative process, one desire is prevalent among them—wanting to write a book faster.
The aspiration to write a book more quickly could be due to a variety of reasons or circumstances, such as needing to adhere to deadlines (self-imposed or from a publisher), to provide a constant stream of income (specifically, for self-published authors), and more. In addition, most writers wish to dive into the worlds in their heads and have multiple completed works.
Regardless of the reason, many writers strive for efficiency in order to write more books. There’s no judgement or condemnation if you are satisfied with your pace of writing. But if you would like to increase your writerly output, consider utilizing these fourteen tricks.
NEW RevPit Contest for NaNoWriMo: Meg LaTorre Joins as Team Editor for Adult Fantasy + Two Live Events on iWriterly
Meg will be participating as a team editor for adult fantasy in the month of November (2018) in Revise and Resubmit’s (#RevPit’s) NaNoWriMo-themed contest! iWriterly will also be hosting TWO live writing sprints.
ABOUT THE CONTEST
Over the course of November, NaNoWriMo writing teams of 5-20 people will be led by the RevPit editors. Each team is genre-themed, and some are further broken down into age categories (such as MG, YA, adult, etc.).
This event is to help you stay on track for your NaNoWriMo project goals throughout the month, and it’s also a great way to meet and interact with other writers (and potential CPs!).
Each week, team members are required to submit their NaNoWriMo word count to the team editor by Sundays at midnight. On Monday, team averages will be tweeted out through the @ReviseResub twitter account and on the #RevPit hashtag.
Winners will receive two awesome prizes…
Natalia answers our questions on:
- Natalia’s writerly origins (text-based roleplay)
- The inspiration behind SOTD
- Why Natalia decided to stop querying & self-publish
- Working with a cover designer
- Finding a freelance editor
- What types of fairies and other creatures we can expect to see in SOTD
- What’s next for Natalia
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
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.