In this post, Wendy Burt-Thomas admits in this post to being “practical and linear.” And she helped me start treating my writing career a lot more practically, as well. I also met my husband in her writing workshop…almost twelve years ago. Whether she’s writing or matchmaking, I think you’ll agree—she’s got the write stuff.
Wendy Burt-Thomas has made a living as a full-time freelance writer and editor for nearly a decade. (Yep, it’s possible!) With more than 1,000 published pieces and four books, she describes her writing process in three words: “Butt in chair.”
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Burt admits to being “very practical and linear,” which explains her love for how-to books. “But so many are dry and don’t even hint to the author’s personality,” she says. “My goal was to write a book with so much practical advice that people would have to read it twice, but also enough humor that they’d WANT to.”
Wendy says she loves getting emails from readers who say her book helped them get published. She gets more “fan mail” on the query guide than anything she’s ever written … combined. “I guess that’s not saying much considering I do a lot of writing for small businesses. Nobody ever writes to tell me they loved my piece on low-flow toilets.”
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