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    Things You Can Do With 50,000 Words

    by Phil

    Congratulations to all Wrimotaurs who met their goal this November for National Novel Writing Month. Now that the inner editor is allowed out to play there are a lot of options around town to help take your work to the next level, regardless of what that level may be. Sadly, the library's Writer-in-Residence services are now done for the year. Thank you so much Barb Howard for bringing your expertise to so many Calgary writers.

    For those who can't wait for CPL's 2014 Writer-in-Residence season to start up in September, there are other residencies available in the city. Sara Tilley is available at the U of C's Distinguished Writers Program through to the middle of June. The Alexandra Writers Centre Society will kick off Ashley Little's residency in May. AWCS also offers Manuscript Review Service and tons of writing courses. Another great place to find a little (or a lot) of editing guidance is through the Calgary Association of Freelance Editors (CAFE).

    And then there's us, the library! Year-round, we are the perfect writing headquarters. Bounce your ideas off new friends in the Creative Writing Club. Come down to our famous Writer's Weekend on February 2 (registration opens December 23). And check out all the latest and classic books to keep your writing projects moving forward. Here's a few go-to titles for writers:

    FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT

    A visual guide featuring sample article and book query letters, nonfiction book proposals and novel synopses, exclusive tips from leading agents and editors, expanded and updated information on electronic submissions, invaluable tips for query research and platform building, genre-specific guidelines for children's writers, screenwriters, poets, essayists, and others.

    2014 GUIDE TO SELF-PUBLISHING

    The biggest problem with creating books for authors interested in self-publishing is that most books on the topic are so far out of date after a year that they're no longer of much use. The market book model is perfect for the topic of self-publishing since its annual publication schedule allows us to make important updates in a timely fashion. Not only does the book show you how to publish on your own in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible (including digital-only publishing), but you'll also get insights into creating your own marketing plans and learning how other authors have found success. You'll learn about the different services available, as well as gain access to thousands of listings that detail freelance editors and designers, as well as production facilities that can help you produce your book.

    SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS

    Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories. In this completely revised and updated second edition, Renni Browne and Dave King teach you, the writer, how to apply the editing techniques they have developed to your own work. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript. Each point is illustrated with examples, many drawn from the hundreds of books Browne and King have edited

    WEB DESIGNERS' GUIDE TO WORDPRESS

    Legions of web designers and developers are choosing WordPress for building sites. That's because it's powerful, reliable, flexible, scalable--and more. This book is your complete guide to mastering WordPress theme development, covering everything from installation to leveraging the community and resources to improve your WordPress skills for years to come.

    THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO QUERIES, PITCHES & PROPOSALS

    [...] this book gives writers the tools to achieve a competitive edge and break into a wide range of markets. The second edition has been updated throughout and expanded to cover e-mail pitches, letters of introduction, pitching to international markets, how to pitch agents at conferences, and new markets such as greeting cards. [...] This indispensable resource provides writers with successful approaches to such topics as how to craft a query letter, create a nonfiction or fiction book proposal, approach newspapers with a column or syndication idea, get corporate freelancing jobs, and win a writing grant. Interviews with experts in a variety of fields and dozens of new examples [...] Beginning and experienced writers will find this the perfect one-of-a-kind, desktop reference for developing the market approaches they need to sell their work.

    77 REASONS WHY YOUR BOOK WAS REJECTED

    A straightforward, practical reference for aspiring authors, 77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected details the various reasons why editors and agents reject book ideas and pinpoints the mistakes that writers most often make in their proposals. This is an engaging resource for aspiring writers, delivering insider information on why editors and agents decline books and, more importantly, how to get them to stop passing on yours.

    **All book descriptions lifted from the library catalogue summaries.