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Borders Books Going Out of Business

Borders Books announced earlier today that they will be going out of business. Over 10,000 people currently employed by Borders will be out of work, probably by September of this year.

Liquidation will begin as soon as this coming Friday and continue until September.

It’s possible that Books A Million will try to purchase a small number of the stores that are set to be liquidated.

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Borders Bookstores Going Out of Business

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Navigating the Business of Freelance Writing

Learn Freelance Writing Business

Navigating the Business of Freelance Writing

by Full-Time Freelance Author, Janice Thompson

This course will help you learn the ropes to sustaining a long term career, with an inside view of what it means to be a professional freelance writer.

Lessons include:

  • LESSON ONE: Plotting Your Writing Career
    • Learn the secrets of planning your career and keeping your head above water as you balance your current lifestyle with the demands of discipline required to succeed as a freelance writer.
  • LESSON TWO: Branding and Taglines
    • Learn to build your personal brand, build your reputation, and gain a clear focus of your purpose as a writer.
  • LESSON THREE: Building Your Writing House
    • Learn the ins and outs of the publishing business.
  • LESSON FOUR: Working with a Critique Group
    • Learn how to find others who can help you hone your craft and polish your work to give yourself the best chance for publication.
  • LESSON FIVE: The Conference Experience
    • Learn how to get the most out of attending conferences where you have a chance to connect with other authors and editors.
  • LESSON SIX: Finding and Working with an Agent
    • Learn how to find an agent that will promote your work and help get you published.
  • LESSON SEVEN: Making the Sale (includes a primer on contracts)
    • Learn the business of freelance writing, how to submit, contracts, rights, and more.
  • LESSON EIGHT: Author-Editor Relationships
    • Learn to build and maintain solid relationships with editors who are key to your success as a freelance writer.
  • LESSON NINE: Working with Your Publisher to Market Your Book
    • Learn how to market your book in conjunction with your publishing house and editor. Great ideas for getting the word out to the masses.
  • LESSON TEN: Sustaining a Lucrative Career
    • Learn to develop a long term plan for your freelance writing career.

Each lesson includes:

  • 3 Convenient Ways to learn – Video, Lesson Transcript, or Audio – Watch the video version of the lesson online, then download the PDF Transcript and MP3 audio file to take it with you.

  • Download PDF Worksheet

  • Download PDF Bonus Feature to help you dig deeper into each lesson

CLICK The BUY NOW BUTTON below to Purchase “Navigating the Business of Freelance Writing” at the
Introductory Price of ONLY $47.00.

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Writing Course Gift Certificates

Don’t forget to tell your family and friends about what you’d really like this Holiday Season, a gift certificate from

Get a head start on honing your skills and learning to market yourself as a freelance writer.  Gift certificates can be redeemed for any of our online courses or instructor led courses. They can even be redeemed for our upcoming 2011 Writer’s Retreat.

To learn more about the Gift Certificate Program, CLICK HERE.

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U.N.I.Q.U.E. – Finding Your Place in the Writing Industry as a Christian Writer

U.N.I.Q.U.E. – Finding Your Place in the Writing Industry as a Christian Writer

If you are a Christian writer who feels led by God to use your writing talent to touch the hearts of others, but you’re not sure about how to go about finding your “UNIQUE” place in the often overwhelming world of the writing industry, THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU.

In this course by author Janice Thompson, Christian writers will discover their “fit” in the publishing industry using the word U.N.I.Q.U.E. as an acronym.

Lesson One -   U: Understand

You will gain a better Understanding of where and how you fit into the industry.

Lesson Two -   N: Natural

The exercises in this lesson will help you learn to consistently do what comes naturally with the gift God has given you.

Lesson Three – I: Individual

Find your UNIQUE voice as a Christian writer by staying true to yourself and true to your calling.

Lesson Four -  Q: Quantity

Learn to manage your time and set your priorities. Your success is dependent on knowing how much is too much, and when to say ‘NO’.

Lesson Five -  U: Unstoppable

Take a lesson from Noah on perseverance. This industry can be tough, but with determination, perseverance, and the Lord at your side, you will succeed.

Lesson Six -   E: Ego

In this lesson, Janice will teach you how to deal with the highs and lows of the writing business.

This course will help you establish a solid foundation and focus for your Christian writing efforts.

Each lesson includes a Download MP3 audio file and PDF Download Worksheets

SIX MP3 audio lessons from full time freelance author, Janice Thompson, including worksheets for only $47.

Start learning to use your gift as a Christian writer today by clicking on the BUY NOW button below.

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Fiction Writing Master Course

Hone Your Fiction-Writing Skills and Make Money as a Novelist

Janice Thompson’s “Fiction Writing Master Course”

In this exciting course for fiction writers, you will be given a thorough introduction to the world of novel writing. With the help of author Janice Thompson, who has published nearly sixty books, you will discover the various components of a best-selling novel and will learn the ins and outs of the submission process, tackling those dreaded query letters and proposals.

You will be given a thorough introduction to:

  • Fiction Genres

  • 12-Step Plotting (based on Janice Thompson’s “Plot Shots” method)

  • Characterization (Pandora’s Box Method)

  • POV (point of view)

  • Passive versus Active writing

  • Dialogue and Narrative balance

  • Backstory Blues

  • Themes, Style, and Author Voice

  • How to avoid Author Intrusion

  • Humor Writing

  • Common Fiction Mistakes
    …and much more.

With the tools you will receive in this detailed course, you will be able to present a brilliantly written novel to an editor or agent. . .with confidence! You can meet with Janice in the forums for the coaching you need as you move along the journey toward becoming a published novelist. Best of all, you can earn those advances and royalties you’ve been longing for.

Once your transaction is complete, please click on the “Return to link to complete your registration.

Each of the lessons below is jam packed with ideas, strategies, tips, techniques, and secrets that will help you succeed as a freelance fiction writer.

For your convenience, each lesson is presented in a variety of formats, so you can watch, read, listen to, or download the material to learn at your own pace.

Each lesson includes all three formats:

  • On screen video teaching from Janice Thompson
  • Download MP3 audio version of the lesson
  • Download PDF transcript of the lesson

Each lesson also includes:

  • Download PDF Worksheet
  • Download PDF Bonus Resource material


Before you can establish yourself as a novelist, you must develop an understanding of the fiction genres/categories. Choosing the best genre (or genres) is critical to your success. But with so many categories to choose from, how do you know which is your best fit? This lesson will give you a thorough introduction to genre writing and will provide you with the necessary information to choose the one(s) best suited to your literary style and voice.

LESSON TWO: PLOTTING – “Plot Shots” Method

Every story needs a beginning, middle and end. Careful plotting will lead the reader on a satisfactory, realistic journey through each of those stages, creatively weaving in and out, up and down.  But how do we begin to plot our stories?  Is there a magic formula? In this lesson from author Janice Thompson, you will discover the “Plot Shot” method, and will learn how to plot your novel in twelve easy snapshots.


In this lesson, Janice Thompson lays out the need for great characterization, knowing and developing your characters. Make your characters come to life with the Pandora’s Box method of characterization.


Point of View (P.O.V.) is a critical fiction component. But how do you employ it to your best advantage? Can you really tell your story in such a way that editors, agents and readers will connect with your characters on the deepest level? This detailed lesson on Point of View offers students a thorough teaching on the various P.O.V.s (omniscient, third person, second person, first person), and gives specific examples and tips so that they can become P.O.V. purists.


Have you ever been accused of information dumping? Do you know the difference between active voice and passive voice? Have you conquered the art of “showing” instead of “telling?” This detailed lesson–filled with nuggets of wisdom from published authors–will give writers the tools they need to strengthen their stories and pull them into active voice.


Backstory. You feel it’s critical to your novel. After all, the reader needs to know where your primary character has come from–what she’s been through–why she acts like she does. So, do you add the backstory or not? If so, can you do so without resorting to author intrusion? And where will you place it? At the beginning of the story? Elsewhere? Will it come out in lumps or snippets? This lesson offers students an intense look at backstory and includes tips for interjecting it without stopping the action.


Need help determining your story’s central theme? Trying to figure out your writing “style?” Wondering if you’ve developed a distinct writer’s “voice,” unique from others in the industry? In this detailed lesson, we will examine these three “Getting to Know You” essentials for novelists. Students will learn how to incorporate some of the greatest themes of all time. Once their novel’s theme is established, students will examine the ins and outs of “natural style,” and take a close look at what makes a writer’s voice individual/unique. Best of all, they will discover a natural approach to writing. “To thine own self be true!”


Can’t figure out why your book keeps getting rejected? Wondering what to do about it? In this comprehensive lesson for fiction writers, author Janice Thompson details twenty of the most common mistakes novelists make, and gives tips for how to correct them. With this valuable information you can polish your manuscript till it shines!


Some writers are born with an overactive funny bone. Others have to work hard to be funny. (Ironic, isn’t it?!) If you’re interested in adding a little har-de-har-har-har to your novel, then you’ve come to the right place. In this light-hearted lesson, author and speaker Janice Thompson shares her top ten tips for adding humor to your writing. The bonus feature contains another twenty tummy-tickling techniques, so hang on for the ride!


So, you’ve got a completed manuscript and you’re ready to pitch it to an agent or editor. Now what? This exciting lesson on query letters and book proposals will point you in the right direction, giving you all the confidence you need to submit, submit, submit! Students who use the information provided in this lesson can compose polished query letters and dazzling book proposals, sure to impress both editors and agents, alike.

You get all 10 lessons, worksheets, and bonus features for ONE LOW PRICE!

For Only $47.00 you can have access to ALL TEN LESSONS, plus BONUS FEATURES!

Once your transaction is complete, please click on the “Return to link to complete your registration.

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Janice Thompson’s “Becoming A Successful Freelance Writer” Course

Our ‘Becoming a Successful Freelance Writer’ course is now available!

Ten Great Lessons to help you succeed as a freelance writer.
Topics include:

  • Setting Career Goals
  • Magazine Article Writing
  • Write for Hire Work
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Becoming a Public Speaker
  • Becoming a Creative Writing Teacher
  • Making Money as an Editor
  • Writing and Selling the Non-Fiction Book
  • Writing and Selling the Novel
  • Secrets From the World of the Pros

“Great news, freelancers! There’s money to be made in the writing world! It’s out there. With that in mind, we’re going to look at some creative ideas for making even more of it. Likely, many of you are chomping at the bit. You’re saying, “Show me the money!” These ten lessons will open up a world of possibilities for earning top dollar as a freelancer. Whether you hope to sell magazine articles, books, lessons, business materials or more, you will receive the tools you need to succeed as a freelance writer.” – Janice Thompson

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