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Carly Gelsinger

Yes, You Should Go To That Writers Conference

I recently attended the San Francisco Writers Conference, a four day festival of all things reading, writing, and publishing in the heart of the city. The entire event was a whirlwind and it took me days to recover from exhaustion afterward. But. It is always worth it. I made new writer friends, networked with editors,…
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Should your memoir be a novel? 10 Questions to Help You Decide.

Many writers have a hard time deciding whether their life stories should be written as a memoir or a novel. I know I wrestled with this in the process of writing my memoir. There’s no right answer for everyone, only a right answer for you. Here are 10 questions to help you decide if you…
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The 3 Stages of Getting Criticism

  1. EVERYTHING THEY SAID WAS RIGHT. You think you’re the WORST writer of all time and you should have never written this damn book. You’re worthless, so it was just a matter of time until someone saw it. Is it too late to BURN EVERYTHING you’ve ever written? You invite a good friend over for…
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Five Steps To Hiring a Manuscript Editor

Editing is an imperative step in the writing process. Most writers know this–but it can be daunting to choose an editor.   There’s no official licensing for freelance editors, and the skill level varies appallingly. There are some fantastic editors out there, and there are some real shams. There are outright scammers looking to prey on…
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Writing My Memoir #9: Taking A Break

I came home from the conference (AKA my breakup with Christian publishing) as I do from every conference I attend: with a list of tasks and inspiration. I learned a lot at the conference aside from my existential crisis. I was going to go even deeper into honing my voice in the manuscript. I was…
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Writing My Memoir #8: Breaking Up With Christian Publishing

After my cocoon period, I attended another writer’s conference. This one was a well-known conference, especially in faith-based circles. This conference—or festival—was well run and the workshops were eye-opening and the people were the best. But it was at this conference that I finally realized I had been chasing the wrong path all this time.…
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Writing My Memoir #7: Platform is More than Social Media

When I came back from my hiatus and found my blog was dead, I was unsure where to go from there. I could try and resurrect the blog, but to tell the truth, I didn’t feel like blogging several times a week. I could try and ease my way back into Twitter, but every time…
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Writing My Memoir #6: The Difficulty of Writing a Book and Growing an Author Platform

The first year or so of writing my book, I also tried to build platform. I am NOT a “platform person” and struggled with this idea at first, but knew it was a necessary beast. I never had a huge flashy platform by any means. I never went viral. But I did have a smallish (and growing)…
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Writing My Memoir #5: Developing Myself As A Character

Somewhere in the middle of my work with my editor, I became suddenly struck with how one-sided “I” appeared on the page. I set about making myself a character (not a caricature)… not to say my book is perfect, but I did learn in this process and wanted to share my thoughts with you. Here…
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Writing My Memoir #4: Working With a Developmental Editor

I found myself stuck in the vortex of Christian publishing for too long, but it wasn’t all bad. For one, the people were genuinely kind. The agents were approachable and took time out of their busy schedules to mentor a wannabe author. At conferences, they smiled and talked to conference goers and treated them like…
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