on award-winning writer and avid podcaster C.M.
Mayo's one day workshop at the Writer's Center, this ebook
provides an introduction and overview of podcasting for writers,
from basic concepts to nuts-and-bolts tips. In 10 "easy
peasy" steps (along with some "fancy schmancy"
alternatives for those so inclined). Mayo shows you how to generate
and publish your unique podcast and yes, get it onto iTunes.
>>Read the complete introduction.
Interview with C.M. Mayo by Jon Winokur.
An expanded handout rich with links from C.M. Mayo's
presentation at the "Publish Now!" seminar at the Writer's
Center, June 24, 2012 The Manuscript
is Ready (Or Is It?) What's Next?
Getting Started with Websites and Blogs
My answers to frequently
Your Author Website Doing Its Job?
A helpful orientation and checklist by Laura Pepper Wu. Found
via my amiga the novelist Leslie Pietzryk's excellent Work-in-Progress
blog. P.S. What Wu says about Mail Chimp is spot on.
Loglines and the Concept of the Eyespan
Pack the whole enchilada into one super-yummy bite.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Writing Workshop
by C.M. Mayo. For workshops with
manuscript critique. Now
a podcast (about 8 1/2 minutes)
One of the simplest yet most effective techniques of
Overlay: A Technique of Fiction
Arc of Writerly Action
A blog post based on my talk on a panel about writing historical
fiction, American Independent Writer's Conference, 2011. Includes
a handout of recommended reading. > Also
an 8 1/2 minute podcast, click
here to listen now.
or, The Integrity of Design: The Interior Decoration Analogy
A blog post at Madam
Mayo. > Also a 7 minute podcast,
Number One Technique from the Supersonic Overview
Writing as the vivid
dream; the importance of specific detail that appeals to the
senses. A blog post at Madam Mayo.
Tips to Help You Hang in There & Finish Your Novel
Or other long book project. Now also a podcast.
A 2 min 42 sec video
from a panel discussion "The Writer's Life: A Report
from the Field" recorded May 22, 2010 at the Writer's
Staying Focused: Writing and Researching
the Longer Book Project
PDF of a handout from my talk at the Writers Center's Leesburg
First Friday series, March 5, 2010. This includes 12 Tips to
Help You Hang in There and Finish Your Novel; 12 Tips to Help
You Get the Most Out of Your Visit to a Library / Archive; and
10 Tips to Organize a Book in Progress.
Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Visit to a Library
A handout from a
talk for the Writer's Center's First Friday Lecture Series. "Staying
Focused: Writing and Researching the Longer Book Project."
ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March
18, 2009 Ten
Tools for Organizing the Novel-in-Progress
Link up again, now on my website
A note on sports psychology. The
Mental Edge or, Coping with Rejection
by C.M. Mayo, from The Writers
Carousel, winter / spring 2009
Break the Block
in Five Minutes
A Writing Life, guest-blog post,
November 5, 2009
Use an Egg-timer if You
Must: The Five Minute Cure for Writer's Block
(Link temporarily down)
ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March 4, 2009
Books for the Novelist's Bookshelf
( Link temporarily down)
ForeWord Magazine Blog, Publishing Insider Column, March 11,
"Giant Golden Buddha" &
364 Other 5 Minute Writing Exercises
The cure for writer's
block. Use an egg-timer if you must.
(and all the Rest of It)
to the 3 Questions I Am Most Frequently Asked About the Writing
*How do I find a
*Do I need an agent?
*Any tips on book promotion?
Excellent advice from the cutting edge of the new publishing
Godin's Advice for Authors
by C.M. Mayo. What to expect and how to go about it. Out of the
Forest of Noise: On Publishing the Literary Short Story
Podcast: "The Writing Life: A Report
from the Field,"
discussion at the Artlantic Festival at the Writers Center, May
22, 2010, with Yours Truly, David Taylor, Alan Elsner, Kevin
Quirk, and moderator Jessie Seigal. (Listen to more podcasts
to Get a Book Published In 10 Not-so-Easy Steps
By Tom Christensen.
By L. Peat O'Neil Breaking
Into Travel Writing
Plus other tips on editing and the writing life. Sally Shivnan's
Top 10 Tips for Publishing Travel Writing in Newspapers
By Michelle Kerns in Book Examiner. Thirty
Famous Authors Whose Works Were Rejected Repeatedly (and Sometimes
Rudely) by Publishers
All the Many People Who Ask Me to Read Their Manuscripts
A friendly note with an adapted
OK, here are my rates and policies. But you still want me to read
The expanded handout from my talk at the "Publish
Now!" seminar at the Writer's Center, June 24, 2012 The Manuscript
is Ready - (Or Is It?)-- What Now?
Here are some freelance editors / writers I recommend. Check
out their websites:Janice Eidus
*Eva Hunter www.professionalwritingcoach.com
*Marcela Landres www.marcelalandres.com
*Dawn Marano www.dawnmarano.com
*Kevin Quirk www.memoirsforlife.com
*Beth Rubin www.onthewritepage.com
*Sara Mansfield Taber www.sarataber.com
*Laura (Lulu) Torbet www.lauratorbet.com
Vital. Do It Or Have It Done. By Diana Hume George. Read this before you send it out.
& Social Media
A Flourishing New Literary Genre and a Powerful Toool for Promotion
(Plus 10 Tips for Coming Up With Your Own Guest-Blog Posts) by C.M. Mayo. Originally published on
the Writer's Center's blog, First Person Plural, May 5, 2010.
by C.M. Mayo Originally published in Literal:
Latin American Voices / Voces Latinoamericanas #17 The social network. Digital utopia
/ Las redes sociales. Utopía digital. Summer 2009.
Writers' Blogs: What Works
(& What Doesn't)
by C.M. Mayo. The ForeWord Magazine on-line Publishing Inside
column for March 25, 2009 (Temporarily down... new link to be
Blogs: Best (& Worst) Practices:
a handout from my workshop for the May 2008 Maryland Writers
Madam Mayo's "Gone
to the Litblogs": an archive of posts on lit-blogging;
includes many helpful links.
Helpful Websites & Links
The best $10 you'll spend this year, I'll betcha. This is an
app that will block your access to the Internet from 15 minutes
up to eight hours.
Sara Mansfield Taber's Lecture at the
Vermont College of Fine Arts on Writing Memoir (Podcast)
Taber is the author
of several outstanding literary memoirs, most recently, Born
Under an Assumed Name: The Memoir of a Cold War Spy's Daughter.
On her website, www.sarataber.com
she offers many tips for writers. (Listen to my conversation
with her about her memoir and the nitty gritty process of writing
Larkins' Squidoo Lens on Writers Organizations, Groups and Associations
Want to meet other
writers? Join one or more of these. Don't be shy. Attend the
meetings and events. Bring your business card, you know, the
one that says, WRITER. (P.S. Get your business cards at www.moo.com)
Sivers on why it's not a good idea to share your artistic
Leeds's 5 + 1 Tips to Make a Writer Happy in an Organized Space
and author of a New York Times best-seller offers her tips for
you in a guest-blog post for my blog, "Madam Mayo."
Dinty W. Moore's
"The Truth of the Matter: Art & Craft in Creative Nonfiction
Cohen's Writers' Block Page
Feng Shui for
feng shui site. Hey, the universe is holographic. And click
here to read her top Feng Shui tips for writers.
DVD inspired by the book, The 5 Keys to
Mastery, by George Leonard.
Join the MOB. Kill Your Television
White's Comedy Writing Techniques
Writing It Real
Writer and poet Sheila Bender's
on-line magazine. Highly recommended.
DC Metropolitan Area- Specific
Writers Room DC
Monthly meetings and more, including
an annual conference
Spanish language resources for Washington DC writers
and translators ¡Viva la Vida Literaria!
Independent Writers Association
Now the national American Independent
Writers Association (see below).
Men are also welcome. Women's National Book
Writing workshops, readings and a book store in Bethesda,
Maryland. The Writers Center
Writers Associations and Organizations
This Washington DC-based
organization (which used to be the "Washington Independent
Writers Association") offers many events and an excellent
(and economical) writers conference.
Many links! A great place to learn about the many literary
journals being published today. The Authors Guild
Council of Literary Magazines
Founded by Dan Wickett. Many reviews and interviews.
Links to literary blogs, and more. Emerging
National Novel Writing
Library Project, Inc.
Help bring knowledge and enlightenment
to Africa's street children! This is a wonderful charity founded
by Washington DC librarian Jane Kinney Meyers.
This is the bilingual (Spanish/English)
press I founded. The webpage has a terrific links
page with many resources for both writers and literary translators---
and also for anyone interested in writing in Mexico.
5 - 6 times a year subscribers receive a free, brief, and informative
update by e-mail covering my booksignings, lectures, podcasts,
videos, writing workshops, any new publications, plus a compendium
of the best from my blogs, "Madam Mayo" and "Maximilian