Business Advice for Your Writing Career

There’s no such thing as an aspiring writer. If you write, you are a writer. But there is such a thing as an aspiring author: writers who are serious about getting published. Aspiring Author offers you business advice for your entire writing career, skyrocketing you from writer, to aspiring author, to published author.

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Best Podcasts About the Publishing Business

It’s proven a little tricky to find podcasts on publishing – not podcasts about the writing process, craft, or even book reviews, but the best …

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Unique and Inspiring International Writing Residencies

Here in Part II of our Writing Residency Series, we have curated, by country, 20 unique and inspiring international writing residencies (refer to Part I …

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Publishing Houses in New York: Who are the Big Five Publishers?

Publishing Houses in New York The “Big Five” publishing houses in New York, or the “Sister Six” as they used to be known until Penguin …

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Literary Agents

How Hard Is It to Get a Literary Agent?

Discussion is rife in writing communities over how hard it is to get a literary agent. Agents are widely regarded as your way in to …

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Why Your Work is Getting Rejected by Literary Magazines

Listen: we’ve all been coldly rejected by literary magazines. You work for weeks, months, maybe even years, to get a story, essay, or poem just …

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Why Book Blurbs are Important to Sell Your Book

What is a book blurb? A book blurb is two things: A paragraph or two on the back cover or the inside jacket of a …

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Query Letters

How Long Should Your Query Letter Be?

Much like creating a resume, there is a specific formula you should stick to when writing a query letter to win over literary agents. You …

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Query Letters

How to Write a Query Letter Hook

A query letter hook is the way that you capture a literary agent’s attention right at the start of your query letter. It’s the most …

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Query Letters

What to Put in Your Query Letter Subject Line

There is a simple rule to perfecting your query letter subject line: follow the instructions set by every specific literary agent that you query. This …

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Aspiring Author offers business advice for writers looking to become commercially successful. It's the sweet spot where right brain meets left brain, where art meets business, and where craft becomes career.

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Natalie Harris-Spencer

I’m Natalie Harris-Spencer, English writer, editor, blogger, and debut novelist living in America. In my day job, I’m Director of Digital Marketing for a global digital advertising technology leader, with over a decade’s experience creating, project managing, and delivering world-class web content and global digital strategies. My passion is writing, with several published works under my belt, literary agent representation, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast. I established Aspiring Author to share my business acumen with fellow aspiring authors, and to offer practical advice for writers looking to skyrocket their careers and achieve tangible, published results.