December 31, 2014

How to Know If You Are Really a Writer

They say that everyone has at least one good book in them. Does that make you a writer? Or is it more than that? Is it something you decide to be, something you learn to be, or something you have always been whether you liked it or not? The following statements are what I believe…

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Published My Novel

When I became an Indie Author after publishing my first novel, I learned a lot of valuable lessons. I wish someone had warned me about the obstacles I was about to encounter. Below are the five things I really wish I knew, before I became an Indie Author. They are all common obstacles that Indie…

The Misery and the Joy of Self Publishing

Since I published my first novel The Mess of Me in 2013 I have been on what feels like a roller-coaster of a journey. I’ve had the initial high of a life-long dream coming true and the inevitable crushing low of realizing that writing and releasing a book does not automatically guarantee you any sales….

December 29, 2014

Writing Prompt: Running

I want you to write a short story or a scene where your character is running the whole time. That is the only thing that the story or scene must contain – a main character running. Why that character is running is up to you. How well they run is also up to you. If…

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The 11 Best Literary Journals in 2014

In 2014 we reviewed well over 50 literary journals. Some were just summary reviews as part of a larger list, but most were comprehensive reviews that thoroughly described submission guidelines and the journal’s preferences. As a way of celebrating 2014, the first full year of publication for Authors Publish, we have created a list of…

Our Twelve Most Popular Articles in 2014

Of all the many articles we published on writing and publishing this year, the following five were our most popular in terms of click through rate in the magazine and on Facebook, and also in terms of the responses we heard via email. It is interesting to see the range of ideas these articles cover…

The Best Christmas Haikus

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week, but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

December 17, 2014

3 Anthologies Currently Open To Submissions

Anthologies are a great way to get your foot in the door. They are more likely to be sold at bookstores than literary journals. Some are taught in classrooms. They look great on a resume and they can help establish a working relationship with a particular press. All anthologies are themed. Sometimes the theme is…

Alimentum: The Literature of Food

Alimentum: The Literature of Food, is an online literary journal devoted to food. They publish poetry, fiction, non-fiction, book reviews, music, and videos about food. It is a unique and interesting journal because of its narrow focus on food related writing. They are based out of Nashville. They have been around since 2005 and have…

The Thirty Word Short Story

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week, but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

December 11, 2014

An Argument for Writing Short Stories

“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.’ — Ray Bradbury “A good [short story] would take me out of myself and then stuff me back in, outsized, now, and uneasy with the fit.” — David Sedaris Writers who are serious about improving and developing…

Barricade Books: Now Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Barricade Books is an independent print publisher of non-fiction manuscripts.  They are based out of New Jersey. They state explicitly on their site that they prefer books with a controversial element. Although that is not always the case, two of the recent books they published were Conversations with A Pedophile and I’ll Do My Own…

BALLOONS Lit. Journal (BLJ): Accepting Submissions

BALLOONS Lit. Journal (BLJ) is a brand new electronic literary journal of poetry, fiction and art that is primarily aimed at young readers aged around 10-16. They have a beautiful and easy to navigate website. BLJ is based out of Hong Kong. However they only publish English language writing. They are planning to publish their…

The Best Science Fiction Title

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week, but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

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Writing Prompt: Down The Rabbit Hole

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is one of the most famous children books in the world. Even if you have not read the book you have most likely seen some adaptation or version of it. It is frequently adapted and highly influential. Like many other children’s books, the plot hinges on the character…

Five Great Children’s Book Publishers

These five children’s book publishers are all excellent. None of them require agents. Nor do they require illustrations. All they require are well written books aimed at children. Each of the publishers focus on different age groups, and some are looking for educational work, others are open to anything. Below we have written a brief…

December 10, 2014

The Nine Best Manuscript Publishers in 2014

There are a lot of publishers out there and it can be overwhelming to try and find the right ones. We have offered tips in the past on how to avoid the wrong ones. However we try to help authors by reviewing one publisher a week. Mostly the reviews are positive as we try to…

December 9, 2014

Burntdistrict: Now Accepting Submissions of Poetry

Burntdistrict is a literary journal that focuses on publishing and promoting poetry. They are a print publication, although they do also release some poems on their website so it is fairly easy to see what kind of poems they are interested in publishing. However, it is worth noting that the poems on the site are…

Tyrus Books: Now Accepting Book Pitches

Tyrus Books is a publisher of crime and literary fiction. All the work they publish leans towards literary. They offer advances to authors. They have a good distributor and a good reputation. They have extensive notes for potential submitters on their website. These are worth reading to know more about what they are and are…

BenBella Books: Now Accepting Non-Fiction Pitches

BenBella is a niche publishing company run by Glen Yeffeth. Yeffeth has a marketing background but he is also a lover of books. They have a good distributor and are a marketing oriented company.  The editors receive high praise for their ability to edit books.  They only publish works of non-fiction. They publish between 30-40…

BelleBooks/BelleBridge: Accepting Manuscript Submissions

BelleBooks was founded in 1999 by a number of writers of Southern Fiction. They focused on publishing works of southern fiction before creating the now substantial imprint BelleBridge, which is open to a wide variety of genres including, cozy mysteries, women’s fiction, romance, fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, horror, fantasy, young adult, mystery, suspense, and thrillers….

December 8, 2014

Beau Coup Publishing: Now Accepting Book Submissions

UPDATED: January – Permanently closed their doors in January 2016. Beau Coup Publishing is primarily an ebook publisher, but they also publish print editions (through CreateSpace). They publish a wide range of books. Although most books they publish are in the romance or erotica genre, they are also interested in work outside of those genres….

December 4, 2014

What are You Most Thankful for?

Congratulations to the winners of this week’s writing contest! They are listed below. But first, a bit about our contest series. Every week we are going to have a contest on our Facebook Page. The contests will change from week to week, but the winners will always be published in the magazine. The contest winner…

Why You Should Attend a Writing Conference

Writing conferences are one of the only reasons readers, writers, publishers, and agents all meet in the same building. Because of that, they are a unique opportunity to network, learn, and enhance your career. Writing is a solitary profession for the most part, so writing conferences might seem a little counter intuitive, however they offer…

Hot Key Books: Now Accepting Book Submissions

Hot key Books is an imprint of Bonnier Publishing which is part of the much larger international Bonnier a large media group. Hot key Books is based in the UK. They publish books for kids and teens between the ages of 8-18. The cover art for these books is exceptional. They also have a great,…

Writing Prompt: Big World

For this writing prompt, I want you to imagine that you are very small. As small as a mouse. Now you don’t actually have to be a mouse, you could imagine yourself to be a miniature version of yourself. Or you could imagine yourself to be a mouse. The size difference is what matters most…

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December 1, 2014

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Writing Prompts: Travel Tales

This week’s writing prompt is to write about an experience one had while traveling. I don’t mean that I want you to write about about the trip you took, the planes you flew on, or the weird buses you had to take, or the fancy hotel you stayed at. I want you to write about…