Guest Blogging Opportunity

There are some fantastic guest blogging opportunities out there for writers who want to expand their audience and improve their chances of being published (or being published again).

My book, City of the World, was published by Creative Talents Unleashed at the end of 2015. I have also been published in several of their anthologies. This all happened because I agreed to become a guest blogger for the company, and provided three writing tips each week for several months during 2015.

The company has since expanded, and they are now looking for a new staff writer to create articles for their WordPress blog (2 per week). The writer will receive 2 free publishing opportunities each year, which I’m sure you’ll agree makes this a fantastic opportunity! You’ll have to send a letter of interest and a writing tip article to the company by email to apply (see below). Check out the Writing Tips on their WordPress blog to see the sort of thing they’re looking for!

I’ve taken the post from their Facebook page and posted it below for anyone interested.

CTU Staff Position Available: Staff Writer

Position: We are currently accepting applications for a staff writer. The staff writer will be responsible for writing 2 articles a week for our blog.

Requirements: 2 Writing Related Articles Released Per Week.
– 8 Articles a Month
Must have WordPress experience
Must have excellent research and writing skills
Must be able to meet weekly deadlines

Compensation: No Cost Publishing Services twice a Year

To Apply: Write a letter detailing why you would like to be a staff writer for CTU. Write a writing tip related article to provide a sample of your writing skills. Email your letter of interest and article to: to apply.

I suggest that eager writers consider this opportunity. If you’re not ready for this kind of commitment, however, you should still follow their Facebook page –  CTU publishes several poetry (among others) anthologies per year and is always looking for new authors!

Publishing Opportunity with Creative Talents Unleashed

Are you a budding poet who is currently looking for their first opportunity to get their poetry published?

Then look no further.

I am very happy with my publisher, Creative Talents Unleashed. They are an independent publisher operating from the USA, who publish anthologies and books from poets around the world. Today, they have opened submissions for their newest anthology, “Imperfect Paths”.

I know that many eager authors can be turned away by the word ‘anthology’. You want to get a book full of your own writing, with your own name in big letters on the front cover, published. Well, submitting to an anthology by Creative Talents Unleashed can be the first step towards getting your own book published by them.

Why? Once CTU know that you are interested, and if they like your poetry, then your email address will be added to a list of poets – who all get emails when a FREE publishing opportunity becomes available. CTU use the profits from their anthologies to fund books from new authors – which means that you could get the chance to submit your manuscript and get it published without it costing you a penny!

If you are interested in taking the first step towards getting your own book published – and don’t forget that being published in an anthology should be a huge achievement for any budding writer – then head over to CTU’s Facebook event or visit their blog.

An Arrow Drive by Joe Espinoza

We come alive
On an arrow drive
With fits of rock
As we talk
Of the cradle that is us
And the swindle that is sleep
You Liv
And the pasture
That is your soul
Breathe the radio
A.M. lull
Tap your fingers
Full and more

Poem from the
upcoming book,

About Joe

My name is Joe Espinoza and I am working on my manuscript to self publish this summer. Indie authors are changing the game and poetry is benefiting from a resurgence of the art of the written word. My book, “THE LONG BELIEVE” will be out SUMMER 2016. I consider myself a poet of modern poetry, modern sensibilities but with an eye to the old masters.

Visit Joe’s blog to discover more about him, read other excerpts, and keep up to date with information on The Long Believe:

Submissions: Handling Rejection

It hurts, doesn’t it? Your first rejection letter. That apologetic email or letter informing you that what you submitted is not what that website, agent, or publisher is looking for at this time. Suddenly, you have to learn how to deal with a surge of negative emotions and thoughts. How can you get past this and continue to write and submit your writing with the same confidence that you had before?

This month, we have been thinking about submissions. We have discussed whether we are ready to submit our writing, who we want to submit our writing to, whether we should pay to submit our writing, and the necessity and importance of submission guidelines (just follow them!). Today, we’re going to think about some useful ways to handle rejection.

Keep Calm

Most, if not all, of your favourite writers received plenty of rejection slips before they finally got published. Stephen King, for instance, famously nailed his rejection letters to the wall (and, when the nail could no longer hold the weight, he used a spike). So remember that we all go through this, and do your best to remain calm.

Be Persistent

You may have failed on your first time (and your second, and your third, and your fourth, and …) – but so what? If we all stopped the instant that we got set back, then none of us would ever get anywhere. You know that you can write well, so believe in yourself and keep trying.

Take Criticism on Board (and turn it into something positive!)

Nobody likes criticism, but it can be the kick that we need to make our writing even better. We need to be aware of our weak points, so that we can beat them over the head with a shovel and then bury them.

Go Back to Your Origins

Why did you begin writing in the first place? Yes, we all love the idea of seeing our books on the shelves in bookshops, but that isn’t why we started writing. Try to insert that sense of fun, development, and desire that you had in the beginning back into your writing time. Don’t let yourself get dragged down into perfecting your writing for publishers or agents if the rejections start to get to you. Take a break from it all to give your confidence a re-boost.

Those are the best methods that I have found to handle rejections. What do you do to put energy and positivism back into your writing after a rejection? Let me know in the comments below.

This month’s theme is SUBMISSIONS. If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog on the theme of submissions and publishing, then please post a link in the comments or email me on with the subject: Submissions.

Submissions: A Tip from Ashby McGowan

In response to the call for material about submissions.

I have to say that I have had two catastrophes in regard to my writing. They affected me financially and made me depressed when they happened. The first was when a book published material some of which was “similar” [I can say no more] to something I had published. I went to the Society of Authors who I was a member of. They couldn’t help me. I went to seek legal advice and was denied legal aid. All I can say is that beware of the phrase, “There is no copyright in factual material”.

Secondly, I wrote another factual book and was awarded a contract. This factual book was then dropped by the Publishers. I had received only part of the agreed money from the publishers. Not enough to cover my costs i.e. research and buying the rights to re-use photographs and illustrations in the book. I again sought legal advise but was not allowed legal aid.

Please be careful out there. Do not stop writing but realise that not everyone in the writing world is doing their stuff for the good of all. Not everyone is like Laura and trying to help others.

In Scotland I recommend for Poets the group, conFAB. Run by Rachel Jury they are excellent.

On the web,  I recommend D.U.P for new writers. For prose, diaries and poetry. They also link to YouTube films. Are you on YouTube strutting your stuff on the stage?  You should be.

More about Ashby McGowan:

I am a vegan animal rights and human rights campaigner. I am a Buddhist. And I write single voice and muti-voice poetry. I also enjoy writing short stories.

Visit Ashby’s blog:

I’d like to say a big thank you to Ashby for sending me this article. I think it’s important for writers to share their experiences in publishing, and it’s unfortunate that these experiences are so negative. I hope that this changes in the future – The most important thing, of course, is to persist!

Don’t forget to check out conFAB and D.U.P.. There are so many groups and websites out there that we can easily miss the good ones. And if you’re interesting in seeing your writing on this blog, feel free to submit to Let it Come from the Heart. I can’t promise you fame or fortune or riches (we’re writers, after all!) but I’m more than willing to share your articles, tips, stories, and poems.

Submissions: Who Should I Submit to?

For newbie writers, there’s nothing quite like that feeling when you’ve clicked the ‘submit’ button and received the confirmation of your submission. The nervous, tense days of waiting for an often elusive ‘yes’ can be hard, but there will always be that sense of achievement because you actually managed to submit a piece of writing to somebody.

We are thinking about submitting our writing this month, whether to another blog or to a publisher/agent. So far, we have discussed how we can ensure that we are ready to submit, especially if it’s our first time sending our writing to somebody. Today, we’ll be thinking about how we can decide who to submit our writing to.

First of all, I would advise new or little-known writers (myself included) to give their time and attention to popular websites, journals, anthologies, and the like. This will help you to establish yourself, and you will also be able to learn more about publishers and publishing by getting involved with smaller companies or shorter pieces of writing. Anthologies and journals are a great place for beginners to showcase their writing.

It’s important to know the publisher (or website) that you’re submitting to. Who are they? What do they do? Which genres do they focus on? Wherever possible, you should sample some of the things that they have already published so that you know the kind of writing they are looking for. Some publishers may post free samples and excerpts from their books on social media to encourage readership and promote their writers; others may be less prevalent online.

So, before you decide whether to submit to them, you should ask yourself how the publisher promotes their current submissions, books, authors, etc. Do they post daily online, or do they post infrequently? Do they interact with their readers? Do their current books have lots of reviews, and if so, do these reviews comment on the overall look of the books? Think about the publisher’s audience versus your desired audience, and whether they are similar or the same.

There are many factors that should affect your decision to submit to a website or publisher. Some people may tell you to submit your writing to here, there, and everywhere – but you should know who you’re submitting to and why before you send your writing off to them.

This month’s theme is SUBMISSIONS. If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog on the theme of submissions and publishing, then please post a link in the comments or email me on with the subject: Submissions.

Submissions: Am I Ready to Submit?

After discussing editing last month, it seemed logical to follow with a month of posts focused around the ultimate goal of those of us who spend long hours editing our writing: submissions. This will not necessarily be about publications, or about getting published in print, but instead focused on making submissions, whether that is to big publishers, agents, or a blog.

If you have not submitted to anyone before, then it will seem like a daunting task. One of the things that you must be careful about is to make sure that you don’t get too excited about your submission before you send it off. Take a step back from what you’ve written and and ask yourself: am I ready to submit this piece?

Aside from the editing, there are several other factors that you should consider. We will look at some of them (such as thinking about who you are submitting to and what your target audience is) in more detail throughout the month, so let’s go over a few basics that you might not have considered right now.

Are you happy with your author name? This may seem like a simple question, but you need to think about it carefully. Do you wish to use your full name, initials, or a nom de plume? This is something that you’ll want to get right from the beginning. Also, think about your own website or blog (if you don’t have one, you should really think about creating one to get more people to read your writing). Your blog is one of the things that will help you to promote what you’ve written. Is your URL professional? Does it tell people what your blog is about?

One thing that you will really need to work on before you submit any writing is your author bio. This includes your author picture, which should provide a clear view of your face. In your written author bio, you should tell people about yourself and why they should read you writing, without saying it directly. Explain where you’re from, where you live, your background in writing and why you decided to write about your chosen subject, as well as anything else that is relevant. You won’t have a lot of space to tell your potential readers about yourself, so give yourself enough time to get it just right.

Remember that you need to take as much care over your submission and its presentation as you did during the writing and editing stages. If you don’t have an agent – and many of us don’t – then the only person responsible for making sure that your submission is ready, is you.

This month’s theme is SUBMISSIONS. If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog on the theme of submissions and publishing, then please post a link in the comments or email me on with the subject: Submissions.

Theme for June: Submissions

Each month, this blog will feature posts discussing writing tips and prompts on a specific theme. This month’s theme will be SUBMISSIONS. I will be discussing options that can help eager writers to get published, connect with publishers, and decide where to submit their writing.

If you have written something that you would like me to share on this blog on the theme of submissions and publishing, then please post a link in the comments or email me on with the subject: Submissions.

Anthology Publishing Opportunity with Creative Talents Unleashed

A couple of days ago, I linked you to Creative Talents Unleashed, the publisher of my book of poems City of the World. There, you will find lots of writing prompts and the chance to get your writing featured on their blog. Well, today I can bring you their newest publishing opportunity, an anthology on culture.

It will be called Shades of the Same Skin. Here is the description from the publisher:

Shades of the Same Skin will be an anthology of culture. In this book, there is no limit to culture and it will not be defined by being from an exotic place in the world. If you were born and raised in California or New York, share your life and experiences there if it is all you have ever known. If you have researched your ancestry and tracked down your native roots, share that part of your history. If you are an immigrant, tell about your journey and how it has changed you. If you live in paradise, on frozen tundras or desert lands, write about why you chose that place or how you and your family ended up there. You could indulge in your past or present. The possibilities are endless with this one. This book is about diversity and unity; to give the world a taste of the humans we are.

Submissions Open January 25, 2016 till February 29th 2016

If you are a writer looking to get published for the first time, or an experienced writer who would like a great chance to promote yourself to a new audience, then I encourage you to get involved in this opportunity. Creative Talents Unleashed have helped me to achieve my goal to get published, and they can do the same for you.

You can find the full description of what to submit and how here on their blog.

There is a also a Facebook event. Be sure to show your interest today.

A Christmas Gift from Me to You

Creative Talents Unleashed, the excellent publishers of my debut collection of poetry, City of the World, are going to give one lucky poet the chance to publish their own book this Christmas. The event can be found here on Facebook and all of the details are there, too.

You’ll need to be quick, though – the event finishes on 31st December 2015, so if you’re looking for an opportunity to get your poetry published then this is the perfect chance!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a full manuscript, either. They will accept sample manuscripts of a minimum of 10 poems, as long as you can provide a complete manuscript within 60 days if you win the 5 year publishing contract. A full manuscript should be between 50 and 75 poems, so what are you waiting for? Get writing!