Category Archives: Advice for Authors

Our Advice for Authors section can help you whether you are just starting out as an author or you’ve already established yourself. All of the Freelance With Us writers try and contribute to this section on occasion. These include authors like Thomas Senkus, who has written on countless subjects both as a self-published author and a ghostwriter; and full-time freelancer Megan Stewart.

PJ Aitken, author of The Online Writer’s Companion and owner of Freelance With Us, also contributes to the Advice for Authors section where possible. P. J. Aitken writes under several names and has published both fiction and non-fiction, covering everything from horror and comedy to reference and business. His books have sold in excess of 500,000 copies around the world and he also works as a part-time freelance writer.

So, to see what PJ, Megan, Thomas and the many other FWU writers have to say on this subject, stick with our Advice for Authors section. If you can’t quite find what you are looking for her then be sure to check with our other categories.

Lulu Self-Publishing Review (Scam? Genuine? Worth It?)

In the past, the publishing industry and book market was controlled by those who had the knowledge of and the access to the resources to publish a book. Anyone who is a writer knows that trade publishers are famous for long response times, stringent formatting requirements, and almost cliquish behavior. The only option for writers […]

Smashwords Review: Self-Publishing Favorite (Scam, Best, Worst?)

Once your masterpiece is written and professionally edited, whether fiction or nonfiction, the next step is to get it into the hands of as many readers as possible. In the past, the only two choices were traditional publishers or to pay high fees to a vanity press. Writers who couldn’t get picked up by trade […]

AuthorHouse Review: Vanity Publishing Review

When it comes to self-publishing over traditional publishing, the responsibility for details falls onto you, the author. When you take on the role of publisher, you have the option to hire other people or companies to perform specific aspects of the process for you. One of the companies that provides these self-publishing services is AuthorHouse. […]

CreateSpace Review: Best Self-Publishing Service?

Actors dream of “seeing their name in lights” or on the big screen. Writers dream of seeing their name featured prominently on a book cover or on the New York Times Bestseller list. Many years ago, I had a friend who had written a novel. I was one of her early readers and got to […]

Best Self-Publishing Companies and Self-Publishing Companies to Avoid

As a writer, you already know about the waiting and rejection of the traditional publishing process. But due to the advancements in digital technology, writers have an opportunity to skip the anguish involved with trade publishing and get published. Anyone with the tenacity to finish a book can turn to self-publishing as an option. This […]

Lulu versus CreateSpace: Best Self-Publishing Website

As a writer, when you finally finish that first manuscript, you heave a giant sigh relief. If you’re like most writers your heart along with a little blood, a lot of sweat, and yes even some tears, went into writing that book. It’s a huge accomplishment for any writer and a celebrated milestone on your […]

Story Hooks: Good Hooks for Stories

A good story can escort us from our everyday life and transport us—for a little while at least—into another world. All our worries fade, and time stands still. If you’ve experienced this yourself, you no doubt remember it well. You can probably tell me every detail of how that book ended and how it made […]

List of Poetry Publishers: Where to Send Your Poetry

Ever wondered where to send your poetry after you’ve crafted the perfect verse? Getting your poetry published is easier than you think, and our list of poetry publishers can help with that. There are a number of poetry publishers out there. Typically, publishers will have an open submission policy or a poetry writing contest/competition that […]

Publishers That Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts

So you’ve revised and edited your manuscript—your book is finally done. What now? Most ambitious authors tend to go two ways: self-publishing or traditional publishing. While we’ve covered self-publishing before, those that prefer seeking out a publisher to distribute their work may soon hit a roadblock: Most traditional publishers won’t accept unsolicited manuscripts. Which basically […]

5 Ways to Get Your Freelance Writing Career Moving

What makes a person a writer? Twenty years ago writing was a bit of a niche profession. Publishing came with a very specific set of rules involving an agent, an editor, and usually a lot of paid postage. In many ways writers today are lucky. I remember listening to an interview with Anne Rice one […]