People have always been curious about how other people live – that’s why publishers are always searching for true-life short stories, and why so many of them pay so well. But don’t be fooled though, there’s a definite skill to telling the right stories in the right way, and, to getting accepted.
I know this because I’ve been writing stories like these (often referred to as Personal Essays) for the last twenty years. I’ve had them published internationally, everywhere from in best-selling books like Chicken Soup for the Soul, and magazines worldwide, to being given a regular column in a national newspaper, to compiling other people’s stories in a couple of books for Carers, and just about everything in between.
If you’d like to learn all the tricks and skills I’ve learned about making money from this market, please enrol in this course, I’d be happy to teach you.
After all, we all have stories to share; the skill is simply sharing them in a way people want to hear them.
(Also, don’t forget, this course also comes with a FULL, 30-day money-back guarantee, so maybe the true question is: What have you really got to lose by enrolling?)
Here we cover how you need to write about your life to make it a sought-after Personal Essay.
Discover why every Personal Essay is special and unique, even if a variety of people write about the same event.
Learn how to recognise a publishable Personal Essay, and how to recognise what is not.
Discover the numerous ways you can source publishers looking for Personal Essays to publish.
Once you've found a publisher you'd like to submit to, it's essential to find information on what kind of stories they are looking for and how they want the work submitted. This is what's covered here.
Publishers can be very specific about the stories they want and how they want them submitted, so in this tutorial I'll cover how to go about understanding what they really want.
Rights are often over-looked by new writers, so in this tutorial I'll cover the most common Rights asked for, exactly what they mean and what you should consider when signing them away.
Here, I'll go over some of the writing techniques you'll need to use to write a strong and publishable Personal Essay.
This tutorial contains more writing skills you'll need to use to make the most of your story.
Never underestimate the importance of editing. This tutorial covers why you need to edit and the best ways to do it.
Believe it or not, submission is a vital part of whether you get your work accepted or not, so don't take short cuts. Here I'll go over some final, and important, reminders with you.
Elizabeth Bezant is not only a professional writer and writing coach, but she is also the founder of Writing to Inspire, a business designed to inspire, inform and empower writers everywhere.
Over the past 20 years Elizabeth’s diverse range of articles, stories, columns and educational features have been published in countless magazines, anthologies and newspapers across the world. The ones she is proudest of were included in: Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, Living Abroad, and Grace; America’s Chicken Soup for the Soul, Chocolate for the Woman’s Soul, and Lollipops magazine; Australia’s Nova newspaper. Elizabeth has also had an English Second Language book published by ReadyEd Publication, self-published her own books Lost Outside These Walls and I Want to Write, But Don’t Know Where to Start, and compiled, co-written and published Stolen Moments and Caring Moments, two books created to support and guide people caring for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
As a Writing Coach, Elizabeth has provided individual coaching, mentoring, critiques and feedback to thousands of writers of all levels for well-over a decade. She’s also had regular television and radio segments, is regularly invited to give talks, run courses, give interviews and facilitate workshops.
While through her business, Writing to Inspire, Elizabeth has run and judged international writing competitions, provided regular writing prompts and offered ongoing advice and answers to writing questions.