How to Keep Growing as a Writer

Written by Arthur Zulu

“Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.”— Mahatma Gandhi

Do you feel that since you have “arrived” as a writer, you are now a master-know all? Then hearrepparttar American statesman, George Santayana: “The wisest mind has something yet to learn.” The purport of this statement is that you would need to take advantage of other resources to continue growing as a writer. What are they?

Literary Associations

There are so many literary associations aroundrepparttar 147814 world. You will find some in your country. Why don’t you join them? Apart from getting to know authors, you will learn new skills that might help you to grow. Many of such associations run contests and organize excursions for members.

You could find out other literary associations onrepparttar 147815 Internet. For a comprehensive list, go to:

Literary Magazines

Subscribe to literary magazines and learnrepparttar 147816 latest things about writing. Check these two sites:

Book Clubs

You can read great books at a discount by joining book clubs. Check your favorite genre in these sites and join.

Writing Seminars / Workshops

There can be no better way of honing your skill and meeting published writers than by attending writing seminars and workshops. Visit this web site and book a date withrepparttar 147817 one of your choice.

Book Conferences

In addition torepparttar 147818 above, there are special book conferences. You could for instance decide to attend a conference on story telling. You can find a list of all such past and present conferences here:

Writing Contests / Prizes

You could take advantage ofrepparttar 147819 several literary contests and submit an essay, a short story, or a book for contest. The best place for new writers is: You can win up to $5,000 here. Also seerepparttar 147820 following site:

Writer’s Resorts

There are writers’ retreat and vacation places all overrepparttar 147821 world. You can learn something new there and even get a chance to write a new title. Search forrepparttar 147822 one nearest you. For example if you live inrepparttar 147823 United States, you can haverepparttar 147824 best of two worlds—learning and having fun—in Greenville, West Virginia.

If you however want to take a swing in lands where travel writers have been, visit:

Writer’s Tools

A lot of research materials—from reference works to translations—are available onrepparttar 147825 Net. You can find them here:

You can also get writing software to write on any topic underrepparttar 147826 sun. Visit this site:

The Library

Libraries, termed “one ofrepparttar 147827 pillars of civilization” and calledrepparttar 147828 memory of mankind byrepparttar 147829 German poet, Goethe, is of immense benefit torepparttar 147830 writer. So you,repparttar 147831 writer, can’t do withoutrepparttar 147832 library—likerepparttar 147833 lady and her handbag. But do you know whererepparttar 147834 libraries are?

Likely, you have a local or school library. The United States Information Service andrepparttar 147835 British Council—rich sources of reading and research materials forrepparttar 147836 writer—could be available to you. What if none of these is within your reach?

Then you could visitrepparttar 147837 Internet, where many web sites have become virtual libraries. The Internet Public Library,, is one of them. You can even accessrepparttar 147838 world’s largest libraries online. First onrepparttar 147839 list isrepparttar 147840 United States’ Library of Congress with its 29 million books, 2.7 million audio and video recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, 57 million manuscripts and a daily inclusion of 7,000 items!

The next isrepparttar 147841 British Library in London with 18 million books; followed byrepparttar 147842 Russian State Library in Moscow holding 17 million books, and 632,000 annual collections of daily newspapers; and fourth isrepparttar 147843 National Library of France where you will find 13 million books.

Print-On-Demand - A Definition and a Comparison

Written by Michael LaRocca

PRINT ON DEMAND - A Definition and a Comparison Copyright 2005, Michael LaRocca

The purpose of this article is to consider Print-On-Demand publishing as an alternative forrepparttar aspiring author. It has its strengths and its weaknesses. You may wonder as you begin reading this, but inrepparttar 147742 end I'm going to say some good things about it.

The title explainsrepparttar 147743 technology. The way that literature has traditionally been printed involves running many copies simul- taneously in order to bringrepparttar 147744 price per copy down. Smaller print runs, such as advertising, brochures, or concert programs, cost more per copy because they are small print runs. Until recently, printing a single book was all but unthinkable.

Inrepparttar 147745 case of novels,repparttar 147746 traditional print publisher begins by printing several thousand copies. His goal is to run offrepparttar 147747 smallest number of copies he can while gettingrepparttar 147748 best possible price per copy.

These books are then sent to bookstores, which tend to prefer something alongrepparttar 147749 lines of what has succeeded before. The remainder sits in a warehouse somewhere. Perhaps to be shipped asrepparttar 147750 orders come in, perhaps to be joined by any "remaindered" copiesrepparttar 147751 bookstores couldn't move.

This represents an investment onrepparttar 147752 part of that publisher, hence his paranoia about experimenting with new formats or (more importantly) new authors.

Print-On-Demand (POD) uses a completely different process. The end result is,repparttar 147753 price per copy on a small run is much lower. How small of a run? Try one book. Zero inventory. The book is economically produced whenrepparttar 147754 reader orders it, not before.

This technology was probably invented for sales literature. Then someone realized it might be a pretty cool way to get ARCs (Advance Review Copies) out torepparttar 147755 book reviewers beforerepparttar 147756 book was actually available. Finally, someone decided to get it intorepparttar 147757 publishing mainstream.

Why is it so much cheaper to publish a single book via POD? The reasons really aren't relevant to this article, besides which they'd probably bore you. But if you care,repparttar 147758 first link below spells it all out.

I recommend reading (or at least skimming) all five of those, byrepparttar 147759 way. It's quite a comprehensive analysis of how. Then come back to this article to determine why. Or if.

Have you ever heard ofrepparttar 147760 author who self-published and wound up with a best-seller? They do exist!

Now look at allrepparttar 147761 self-published authors who couldn't do that. They'rerepparttar 147762 vast majority. The author who uses POD faces similar longshot odds.

POD has a definite advantage over other self-publishing, in that you don't wind up with a few hundred (or more?) copies of a book in your basement because you can't sell them. Thus, it's cheaper, with no difference in quality unless you hook up with losers.

But neither option will bring yourepparttar 147763 readership that you'll get from a successful book with a traditional print publisher.

I have self published. I went to a local print shop back inrepparttar 147764 pre-POD days, ran off 80 copies at $3 a copy, and sold them to local bookstores for $6 a copy. Lots of fun, and lots of learning, but I didn't get rich. My wage per hour stunk, but that was fine with me because I honestly didn't care. I broke even and gave awayrepparttar 147765 rest. A pleasant way to spend lunch hours duringrepparttar 147766 work week.

Most of us, though, just don't have that kind of time. And even if we do, why bother? Takerepparttar 147767 money you'd have invested and buy some Microsoft stock, then takerepparttar 147768 time you'd have invested and write more books. You'll be happier and you'll make more money.

Having said all that, why am I recommending POD at all? In my case, it's because I've written some books that no print publisher will ever pick up. That's my honest appraisal.

If I were a mercenary type, I'd follow that up with something like "Why'd you even write those books then?" But if you're a REAL writer, you knowrepparttar 147769 answer.

It's always about writing first, marketing second. Two different hats. I'm assuming you already didrepparttar 147770 writing and now are wondering whatrepparttar 147771 heck to do with it.

As an example, my EPPIE 2002 finalist is too short. I wrote it back when print publishers wanted 40,000 words. Now they want 50,000. But it doesn't take 50,000 words to tell that particular story, and I'm not padding it. Even if I were willing, it'd stink and nobody would buy it. Giverepparttar 147772 publishers some credit. They know padding when they see it. The same goes forrepparttar 147773 readers.

As another example, consider my short story collection. Critically acclaimed and selling moderately well, but no traditional publisher wants short story collections from unknown authors. It's just that simple.

So, I simultaneously published these books in e-book format and POD format. E-books are cheaper and more environmentally friendly, butrepparttar 147774 paperback option is still there for those who can't or won't ever read an e-book.

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