Free money to publish your book can be a strange story. It does happen, but we are confident.
It is possible that you have heard of it before and are now tired of all the competition. Scarcity is the problem. There are many authors and books that deserve funding, but there are not enough grantors to support them. They are not alone. It is more urgent to give money away to feed hungry people than to spend big bucks to publish literary works to the masses.
Funders are now more focused on immediate needs than economic conditions. True enough, art is often neglected because of famine and illness. If you are really poor, the only way to get a chance at fiction writing grants is to take a small bite. The good news is that failure can be avoided if you listen to your funder’s advice. Here’s how:
1. Your creativity is yours
There is no better way to show your expertise in your field than to be the artist that you are. Write a grant proposal as if you were a fiction writer. You can loosen up a little, but you must not go beyond the limits of technical writing. Follow the format and get to the point every now and again. Use this ability to your advantage; authors have an uncanny ability to touch hearts through words.
2. Mention how the gist/story of your novel/story can be helpful to others
Is there a lesson or an idea in your masterpiece that could be passed on to the next generation? Literature must constantly be evolving and appreciated by all ages. You can believe your fiction will bring new ideas to the modern world. If so, you should pursue publication regardless of how difficult the competition is. Because you wrote for a purpose, you have an advantage.
3. Your literature should inspire you
Your prospective funder should feel the magic. If you feel inspired, the grantor will most likely feel it too. Tell us about the structure of your piece. Explain the philosophy that underlies the plot. Writers can charm society by making people smile. You can go on telling stories about how the idea came to you if you have to. The reader will appreciate the work once he understands its essence.
4. Sweeten the deal
Better yet, exceed the purposes of your competitors’ works. You could pledge to donate ten percent of the income from your published work to charity. This will help you become not only a successful author but also help other people who are struggling to meet their primary needs. It also counts for you. It is a sign of social responsibility to be able to give back a portion of your income to others.
5. Promote yourself
Even if you have a significant fiction writing grant, it is essential to project a unique personality when you meet with them. Your works should be as charming as you are.
Erin Milano is passionate about improving the quality of life for low-income, marginalized individuals and their families. She is a lobbyist and freelance photojournalist.