How to Focus to Get the Max out of a Writing Conference-2014


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Copyright © 2013 Joan Y. Edwards

“How to Focus to Get the Max out of a Writing Conference-2014″ by Joan Y. Edwards

I hope that by reading my blog post or attending a conference, you’ll learn a writing skill or technique to inspire you to believe in yourself as a writer or illustrator and never give up.

Before the Conference

  1. What skill do you most want to improve? Attend the workshops that will help you improve that skill.
  2. Visit the webpages of at least three of the presenters that interest you. Check out their books at the library or on www.Amazon.com.
  3. If you have specific questions for presenters, write them down on 3×5 note cards or on a sheet of paper and ask them at the conference. Most websites list a contact page with an email address, in case you don’t get to ask them at the conference, you can contact them later.
  4. Get business cards with your name, address, phone number, email address, website, and blog. Many people put an image and link to their published books on the back. Use  www.VistaPrint.com, www.Gotprint.com, www.BCEofNC.com, or local print shop. You can also handcraft your own using your computer.
  5. Get bookmarks printed: www.VistaPrint.com, www.Gotprint.com, www.BCEofNC.com. You can also handcraft your own by hand or on your computer.
  6. Buy a new spiral notebook with a bright colorful design or a composition book with a black and white cover. This way all of your notes are in one place. You can put it in front of your computer when you get home, and transfer your handwritten notes to your computer. You can add information from handouts by scanning them into your computer, or by typing what you want to remember from the handouts.
  7. Buy two pens that write just the way you like a pen to write. Put them in your pocketbook to take with you.
  8. Write a pitch for three of your manuscripts.  You can print out your pitches on 3×5 cards. If it doesn’t fit on the 3×5 index card. It’s too long. Carry two copies of each pitch with you to the conference. Put one copy in a folder and the other in your pocketbook. Practice giving your pitch in front of a mirror. Use eye contact. Memorize it. (See 10 blog posts in Resources to help you get one to attract publishers and agents.
  9. Take comfortable clothing to wear in your favorite colors to keep your spirits high. Take a sweater or blazer, in case the air conditioning is too cool for your inner thermostat. If you’re hot, you can take off the blazer. Jeans, a shirt, and a blazer are good work attire for writers. Linda Rohrbough says that you want the editors to think you just left your computer to meet with them.
  10. Check your laptop, iPad, or other digital device. Charge its battery. Purchase a portable disc drive or flash drive or thumb drive for your laptop. Most of them are USB port compatible. Copy your full manuscripts of the Works in Progress and other pertinent information you may need for the conference.

At the Conference

1. Take notes using your new spiral notebook or composition book or take notes on your laptop or other device. When you get home, edit your notes and add information from your handouts. You can copy or scan pertinent information from the handouts into a computer.

2. Hand out business cards to everyone you with whom you talk. Ask for their business cards, too. This will give you resources to check after the conference. The more you do this, the more comfortable and natural it will be for you. Set a goal to give away 5, 10, or 15 cards. Ask for business cards of other people, too.

  1. Do you feel lonely and out of touch with people? Plan to talk to the people who sit beside you in the workshops. Exchange names, email addresses, and business cards with them. Here are possible questions to start your conversation:

“What are you writing?”

“Are you in writing group? Is it online or face-to-face?”

 “How do you find time to write?”

“Do you write best in the morning or at night?”

4. If you happen to meet an agent or editor in the elevator or at lunch, remember he/she is human, like you. Ask one of these questions or one of your own:

“What is your favorite project right now?”

“How do you know when a book is right for you?”

“What’s your advice for writers?”

5.  After your question for an editor or agent, there is a great possibility he/she will ask you, “What kind of writing do you do?” This is a perfect lead in for your pitch. Hold your head high. Look the editor/agent in the eye. Pretend he’s your best friend and tell him your pitch.

  1. Take a short walk for exercise in between sessions.
  2. Get plenty of sleep.

  3. Eat healthy fruits, vegetables, and proteins. This will keep you alert and focused.

  4. Enjoy yourself and learn as much as you can.

  5. List twenty things for which you are thankful each morning before you get out of bed.

11. Thank the presenters and the organizers for what you liked about the conference. Make suggestions for improvements.

12. If a book inspires you, buy it or order it from your public library.

After the Conference

1. Sleep, if you’re tired. Accept yourself and others as you are. Focus on what you want. Be thankful for what you have. Be grateful for where you are. Put the fun back into your writing.

  1. Read and organize your notes from each workshop. Write at least three major things you learned from each workshop. You can write down more details if you want.
  • Make a top ten list of things that you learned at the overall conference.

  • After this information soaks into your mind, body, and spirit, write/revise three writing goals using the skills and information you learned. (Be patient with yourself.)

  • Writing Skill/Genre Goals

  • a) Read ten books in your chosen genre and three books on the craft of writing and/or illustrating.

    b) Revise your favorite manuscript and submit it to an editor or agent on the third Friday of the month (PubSub3rdFri).

    6. Marketing Goals

    a) Learn a new technology.

    b) Submit manuscripts/sample illustrations to different agents and/or editors. (See my Pub Sub 3rd Fri blog posts)

    c. Join Pub Subbers Yahoo Group to encourage you to submit your manuscripts.

    d) Create a blog tour for your book.

    e) Prepare a book presentation for schools/organization.

    f) Prepare a proposal to present a workshop for a writing conference.

    g) Prepare a pitch for a manuscript. Go from a page summary and then focus on the words to hook readers. Keep shortening your pitch: 200-100-50-25 words. The ultimate goal is a pitch that is 140 characters long (approximately 25 words) that fits in Twitter. If you have all these different lengths, you will have a pitch to use in your cover letter, proposal, and for the rave blurbs for the back cover of your book. Your pitch is the magnetic tool that will entice people to buy your book.

    h) Prepare a post card, business card, bookmark, signature for email to promote you and your writing. Use your book titles and pitch blurbs.

    7. Networking Goals

    a) Create a website and/or blog.

    b) Join a writer’s critique group.

    c) Create a Google Plus profile. 9 Reasons to Use Google Plus+

    d) Create an author/illustrator page on Facebook and post news of your publishing journey.

    e) Collect Images for Fun and Research – Use Pinterest.

    f) Create a Twitter Account. Twitter your blog posts and your publishing news.

    g) Create a TweetDeck account to better organize Twitter, Facebook, and/or Linked-In.

    h) Create a Glog (Big Poster) on Glogster: http://www.glogster.com

    i) Visit the website of three people who gave you a business card.  Email them. Here are possible points to include in your email. Remind them of how you enjoyed talking with them. Thank them for sharing a resource. Congratulate them on their manuscript or book. Compliment them for being brave if they read their story at open mike. Thank them for giving you a new way to look at a problem. Communication is the key.

    Resources

    My Pitch Blog Posts
    Here are 10 of my blog posts to help you get you pitch in shape to captivate editors, agents, and readers:

    a) A Selling Pitch Is Short with a Strong Emotional Tug
    b) How to Deliver a Short Gutsy Pitch to Entice Editors, Agents, and Readers
    c) How to Entice an Editor/Agent with a Pitch (Logline)
    d) How to Write an Effective Selling Pitch for a Romance Novel
    e) How to Write a Pitch, Summary, and Synopsis That Sells
    f) Pitch Exercise #1 – Would you accept or reject these pitches?
    g) Pitch Exercise #2 Romance – Would You Accept or Reject These Pitches?
    h) Results of Pitch Exercise #1 – Which Pitches Did 12 Responders Accept?
    i) What Is Pitch Corner USA?
    (Still looking for editors and/or agents to help me do a monthly pitch submission)
    j) Which of These Best-Selling Romance Pitches Is the Best? Why?

    Four Articles to Help Get the Most Out of a Writing Conference.

    Thank you for reading my blog. I hope it leads you to have more faith in yourself. I hope you experience success in every way imaginable.

    I added a Table of Contents in the right hand column to help you browse for articles you might like to read.

    Please leave a comment. I value your opinion.

    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

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    Famous Writers Recovered from Rejection, So Can You. Submit Again #1.


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    “Famous Writers Recovered from Rejection, So Can You. Submit Again #1.” by Joan Y. Edwards

    First in Rejected – Submit Again Series (Pub Sub)

    Thank you, Riley Amos Westbook, (sonshinegreene), one of my latest subscribers, for telling me he would like to know more about how many times famous writers got rejected. I had no idea that little seed of curiosity would lead to a whole series of posts about this topic. There are over one hundred authors I found with information about their rejections before they were published.  I put them in alphabetical order by first names to help you and me find them easier.

     

    1. Agatha Christie tried to get The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring the character of Poirot published for 5 years without success. She got it published in 1920. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. She published 85 books according to Wikipedia as noted by Passive Guy in “Ten Best Selling Fiction Authors of All Time

    2. Alex Haley wrote short stories and articles and sent them to magazines and publishers back in the United States. Although he received mostly rejection letters in return, a handful of his stories were published, encouraging Haley to keep writing. His book and movie “Roots” told the story of his ancestors.

    3. Alice Walker. Literary Rejections stated in “Best Sellers Initially Rejected” that Little, Brown & Company passed on a two book deal for Alice Walker. When complete her novel The Color Purple sold 10 million and won the The Pulitzer Prize. Her Official Website stated that she was the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize.

    4. Allen Loeb. Kyle Buchanan’s article on The Vulture quoted Allen as saying, “[I was] the baby writer at the lowest rung within the system, who has just enough rope to hang himself. That’s what I lived and breathed for seven, eight years.” Undercover, Escape From New York, Rock of Ages, Just Go With It, and countless other films.

    5. Amanda Hocking. Ed Pinkington relates that in March 2010 Amanda needed $300.00 to go to Chicago for a Muppet exhibit. Here’s how she got her $300.00. She self-published one of her many novels that had been rejected by umpteen book agents and publishing houses from 2001-2010 on Amazon and other digital eBook websites  She thought surely, she could sell a few copies to her family and friends. She was right. By October 2010, she not only raised $300.00 but she sold 150,000 copies of her books. She published My Blood Approves on March 17, 2010 and My Blood Approves, Book 2 called Fate was published April 15, 2010.

    6. Andy Warhol. The Guardian says in its blog,In a way, he was not a writer at all. All his books were either dictated or transcribed from recordings, and in this respect he was part of a curiously old-fashioned tradition. In the LA Times Culture Monster blog, it shows a letter from the Modern Museum of Art(now known as the New York Museum of Art) in which they reject the copy of The Shoe drawing that Andy offered to donate to them for free. The museum official, Alfred H. Barr, Jr. wrote “I regret that I must report to you that the Committee decided, after careful consideration, that they ought not to accept it for our Collection.”

    7. Anne Frank. John Noonan states in his article on Finding Dulcinea.com that after the holocaust was over, Anne’s father, Otto Frank found her diary. He typed it in German and shared it with family and close friends, who convinced him to share it with the world. He took it to a publisher, which released the first copies of the diary, titled “Het Achterhuis,” or “The Secret Annex,” on June 25, 1947.

    David Oshinsky states in his New York Times Book Review that The Diary of Anne was rejected by Frank Knopf and 15 others before Doubleday published it in 1952. Now it is one of the best-selling books in history. According to one publisher, The Diary of Anne Frank was scarcely worth reading: “The girl doesn’t, it seems to me, have a special perception or feeling which would lift that book above the ‘curiosity’ level.”

    8. Audrey Niffenegger. In Jessica Strawser’s interview in Writer’s Digest.com, she stated that Audrey Niffenegger spent four and a half years writing The Time Traveler’s Wife and had 20 or more agent rejections before it was published in 2003.

    9. Ayn RandOne Hundred Rejections.com says that Rand did not enjoy real success until the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943 which was rejected 12 times. Gradesaver.com states in its Biography of Ayn Rand that many people consider her last novel, Atlas Shrugged (1957) to be her masterpiece

    10. Beatrix Potter.  One Hundred Rejections.com says that Beatrix sent her tale to six publishers, but was rejected by all of them because of the lack of colour pictures, which were popular at the time. She self-published Peter Rabbit in 1901 because she was fed up with rejection letters.

     

    I can’t find where Barbara Kingsolver was rejected, but Barbara Kingsolver gives you great advice if you are rejected.

    Barbara Kingsolver. The Poisonwood Bible is one of her best-selling novels. One Hundred Rejections.com says in “Famous Rejection #36: Barbara Kingsolver’s Advice” for writers about rejection is: This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address.’ Just keep looking for the right address.”

    Famous writers recovered from rejection, so can you. Submit again.

    Here’s a three-week plan to get your manuscript, query, cover letter, and/or proposal in gear. Week 4 gets you to celebrate and write another story.PubSub

    Pub Subbers

    Week 1 Send manuscript off for final critique before submission. Choose publisher or agent. Print Guidelines.

    Week 2 Write pitch, query, cover letter, proposal, etc. to make a good impression.

    Week 3 Proof read everything. Submit this week.

    Week 4 Celebrate life. Write another story.

    27 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts updated August 17, 2014 Now has 27 publishers)

    18 Literary Agents Who Are Looking for You

    Good luck in your publication. Believe in you and your writing.

    Celebrate you.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

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    Does Your Main Character Fall into the Bottom of a Deep Pit of Trouble?


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    “Does Your Main Character Fall into the Bottom of a Deep Pit of Trouble?” by Joan Y. Edwards

    Go ahead. Drop him in there. Drop your main character into the deepest, darkest, most despicable pit you can dream up for him. In every story you write, your main character must get into so much trouble that it is like a deep, dark pit with no easy way out. He can’t go back to what was. He can’t get to what he wants. He is clueless and helpless until he CHANGES. He has to have an “AHA” moment when he suddenly realizes what he needs to do to face his problem, regardless of the consequences.

    What does the main character do while he’s down there? Let’s name your main character. What about Jeremy Kidd?

    • He’s a 16-year-old junior in high school whose parents are moving to New York City and he refuses to go.
    • He’s an 81-year-old man whose daughter wants him to go to a rest home and he refuses to go.
    • He’s a six-year-old boy whose father tells him he has to play t-ball when he wants to play football.

    Suppose your main character is female. Let’s call her Sadie Tripp.

    • Sadie is a seventeen year old senior whose parents died in a car wreck three months before graduation. She refuses to go to school because she is so depressed.
    • She’s 74 and wants to open her own ice cream parlor and her children try to stop her.
    • She’s 5 years old and her parents won’t let her have a puppy.

    For now your main character’s figuring out ways to get out of this pit. Does he spin a web like Spiderman? Fly with a cape like Superman? Crawl around on the floor with a magnifying glass looking for clues like Sherlock Holmes? No, none of those. They’ve all been done before. Do something different. Put a twist on it.

    What does your main character do that causes him to land at the bottom of the pit? Was it pride that he didn’t listen to the wisdom of others who had been in a similar situation? Was he stubborn and refuse to obey the authority figures? Did he get so angry that he literally drove a car, lost control and landed in a pit? Was it plain stupidity that he didn’t even look where he was going? What does he see? What does he sense? What sounds does he hear? What does his body do? Why does he think this is the end of the world for him?

    The pit is dark and deep with no light showing the way out. Your main character is going to have to climb up and feel his way, inch by inch from the bottom all the way to the top. What will he do when he has no hammer or metal spikes to help him climb out? Your main character seems to get himself into predicaments easily and often, but never as bad as this.

    As the author, you might hesitate about putting your character into a tough predicament. I am here to tell you to relax. Each character you create is clever and resourceful. (Just like you.) He will figure out a fascinating way to get out of this pit in a short amount of time. Why? Because you are the author. You and your main character can do what no one else has ever done before. You are the only ones who can give us your interpretation of this world.

    The world is waiting to hear about how your character survived his “big pit” experience. How does he change? What does he believe now that he didn’t believe before? What new skill did he learn? Who did he learn to trust?

    Don’t worry about your character. He can climb out of any deep dark pit you put him into. Believe in you and your characters. You can do it.

    It would be great to see how you would write a paragraph or a first page of a story using one of the character descriptions above or your own. Please share your paragraph or first page in the comment area. I’d love to read them. I’ll point out a Blue Ribbon Passage (one I especially like) for each passage shared with me in the comment area.

    Celebrate you.
    Never Give Up
    Joan Y. Edwards

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    7 Reasons to Submit Your Manuscript! Pub Sub


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    “7 Reasons to Submit Your Manuscript! Pub Sub” by Joan Y. Edwards

    1. It leads you 100 steps closer to publication and has 100% more successful track record for publication than not submitting.
    2. It gives you a wonderful reason to celebrate by going out to eat supper, call a friend you haven’t talked with in ages, buy a new craft book on writing, or  buy a best-selling book in the genre you write.

    3. It’s one step closer to meeting the world’s need to hear your voice. The world needs to hear and read the voice of every writer. Do your part to have your voice heard, submit your manuscript.

    4. It’s a step closer to receiving a return of money for all your hard work. Never pay a publisher to publish your story. Traditional publishers never charge you money. They pay you a royalty from sales. If you choose to self-publish your work, scout around and find a good deal. It does not cost an arm and a leg to self-publish today when you use print-on-demand. Submit your manuscript to at least 10 publishers/agents before you self-publish.

    5. It leaves you with a great feeling of satisfaction and well-being no other experience can give you. The feeling of knowing you are a professional writer because you submitted your work.

    6. It adds excitement to your world. Now you have the anticipation with wondering what the publisher or agent’s response will be. Be ready for either answer, but keep saying the answer is YES.

    7. It feels good to finally reach a goal and submit your work. It feels good all the way from the top of your head down to the soles of your feet.

    So drop your excuses. Click on the Pub Subber links below for steps to get your manuscript ready for submission. They are also at the top of my blog. Take days, weeks, or months but, get the necessary critiques, final proofs, queries, cover letters, proposals, or other documents ready. Submit your manuscript. The links have detailed steps. I listed a few of the main parts to help you visualize the process.

    Pub Subbers

    Week 1 Send manuscript off for final critique before submission. Choose publisher or agent. Print Guidelines.

    Week 2 Write pitch, query, cover letter, proposal, etc. to make a good impression.

    Week 3 Proof read everything. Submit this week.

    Week 4 Celebrate life. Write another story.

    Good luck in your publication. Believe in you and your writing.

     

    Celebrate you.
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    Thank you to 200 Subscribers as of July 21, 2014!


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    Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to my blog. There are now over 200 subscribers! THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

    I emailed a link for the free logo and affirmations to the people who subscribed for which WordPress gave me email addresses. Many of them came back saying the email addresses were incorrect. WordPress did not give me the email addresses of those who signed up with a WordPress.com blog. I hope the free logo and free 20 Affirmations get you closer to your goals.

    If you are a subscriber and didn’t receive the link and password for your free gift logo,“Never Give Up, Build It One Block at a Time.” along with 20 Affirmations for writers, email me at joanyedwards1@gmail.com with your name and your email address or blog with which you subscribed.

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    Celebrate you!
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    What Are You Afraid of? Submit That Manuscript! Pub Sub.


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    “What Are You Afraid of? Submit That Manuscript! Pub Sub.” by Joan Y. Edwards

    Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Your fears are strong emotions. If you can show the actual facts or accept that it is true. Or delve into the middle of it to find out if all the hype is true or not. Dispel the myths, the rumors, the big build-ups, the legends, the tales.

    Writers Fears:

    #1 Fear of Rejection

    You fear rejection because of two things: what you believe it means that you are not a good writer. That you do not have writing talent.

    Matthew Cook Realize it is not a rejection of you, but take accountability for it. It’s the story ideas or product they are rejecting, not you. Accept that “no” happens and move on.

    Suzannah Windsor Freeman suggests that you research why submissions get rejected and revise your work accordingly.

    I believe the best thing to do after rejection is to take the next action step toward your goal. Submit your manuscript again.

    #2 Fear of Never Getting Published

    Fear of Rejection because it means that you’ll never get Published. Keep the belief: “I am a paid published writer” running through your mind, on your monitor, on your bathroom mirror.

    #3 Fear of Criticism

    You are afraid of criticism because it stops you from working on that story again. It stops you in your tracks. When people criticize your work, you tend to think that the whole thing is bad, because part of it is bad.

    Only change using the suggestions you believe 100%. Delete the other ideas.

    Accept that this is just one person’s opinion. This is not a fact. Each person has a right to their opinion. If you do not understand their criticism, ask them to clarify their point of view. Ask them to tell you why. Ask them how they would change it.

    When you ask a person to critique your work. Ask them to tell you 3 good points about your story.

    #4 Fear of Failure to Sell

    I am afraid my writing won’t sell itself and/or I won’t be able to sell my manuscripts.

    I do not have the sales ability to sell my manuscripts. Andrea Phillips says you suffer from a fear of not making money with your writing.

    Read 100 of the best-selling books in your genre. Then you’ll know what sells.

    Read the pitch summaries from the back of these best-selling book, too.

    Choose three of them to use as a pattern to write your pitch summary for you book.

    Memorize your short selling pitch that fits on a 3×5 inch card. Practice using it to explain what you write to your friends when they ask, “What do you write?”

    Be sure to tell the genre and the number of words in your manuscript in your pitch.

    Interview the top-selling car salesman for your favorite car dealership. Ask him to demonstrate and tell you how he sells a car. Use his tactics to help you sell your manuscript.

     

     #5 Fear of Not Having the Time to Write

    Perhaps you’re a writer whose afraid you won’t have enough time to write. Many people talk themselves into that becoming the truth. Do you know that the more you say something, the more your brain wants you to be right. It goes around searching for experiences to prove you right. So when you say, “I don’t have time to write,” bingo, it becomes true. You have to make time for you to write.

    1. While your children are reading, playing with blocks, a fun activity for them, sit in their midst, and write. Use a pen and paper, electronic tablet or have everyone play in the office where your computer is. Plan your time to write.

    2. If your book needs a lot of research and you’re afraid you won’t have time to do the research that is necessary. Do a Google Search, read the first paragraph or two of a link. If it’s pertinent to your story, copy the link down in a word document or in an email to yourself. Write one sentence that helps in your research from this article. Do 3 each day. Voila. It will add up.

    3. Get up earlier in the morning than you usually do and write for 15 minutes.

    #6 Fear of Being Too Young or Too Old to Write, or Having

    Nothing to Write about That People Will Want to Read

    Hogwash. No one is too young or too old to write. Write about a topic that is extremely interesting and intriguing to you. Chances are it will be fascinating to others, too. Writers usually write about conflicts with universal appeal. If it gets you fired up, it’ll probably get other people’s emotions riled up, too. Don’t set limits on your capabilities. Write what comes from your heart.

    Sarah Jio suggest that you write about what scares you. An awesome idea.

    Keep your eye on the prize – focus your attention (your thoughts, words, and actions) on what you want! Submit That Manuscript – Pub Sub.

    PubSub

    For ideas to help you get your manuscript and necessary queries, cover letters, proposals, etc. read the Pub Subber Pages at the top of my blog:

    Pub Subbers

    Week 1

    Week 2

    Week 3

    Week 4

    Good luck in your publication. Believe in you and your writing.

    Resources I know you will enjoy reading:

    1. Agent X. “Seven Deadly Fears of Writing:” http://menwithpens.ca/7-deadly-fears-of-writing/
    2. Janna Malamud Smith. “Three Quiet Fears That Stop Writers from Writing:” http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/3-quiet-fears-that-stop-writers-from-writing
    3. Matthew Cook. “3 Keys for Dealing with Rejection in Sales:” http://web2.salesforcesearch.com/bid/149770/3-Keys-for-Dealing-with-Rejection-in-Sales
    4. Sage Cohen. “10 Ways to Harness Fear and Fuel Your Writing:” http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/10-ways-to-harness-fear-and-fuel-your-writing
    5. Sarah Jio. “Writing and Fear:” http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/writing-and-fear/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0
    6. Suzannah Windsor Freeman. “15 Common Writing Fears You Need to Face:” http://writeitsideways.com/15-common-writing-fears-you-need-to-face/

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