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February 15, 2018

The Sensitive Author’s Guide to Rejection

Written by Ananda-mayi Dasi  I was like Robert Peary embarking for the North Pole—that is, if we can pretend for a moment that the publishing world is a vast, icy, unreachable landscape and I am much, much braver than I am. No, there weren’t endless miles of frigid peril before me—just one tiny button: “submit”—but…

February 8, 2018

15 Markets for Personal Essays

By Alex J. Coyne Do you have a personal story to tell? Personal essays are those with an author’s own experience woven into the piece, and it’s a particularly lucrative niche market for opinionated writers. I have collected some popular markets, both paying and non-paying, for your personal stories and essays. GENERAL & INSPIRATIONAL  Reader’s…

February 1, 2018

Places That Will Promote Your Book

By Alex J. Coyne A writer’s job is part writing and part promoting. Self-published authors need places that will feature their work, but so do traditionally published authors, particularly ones with smaller publishing houses. These include blogs, websites, libraries, bookstores and even radio stations looking for writers to interview and books to review. I compiled…

January 25, 2018

How to Craft a Killer Short Story — and How to Get It Published

If you’re looking to become a successful author, getting your short stories published in literary magazines can be an incredibly valuable plume in your cap. It builds your writer’s resume, it allows you to reach an audience, and there is of course the potential benefit of getting paid for your writing — or winning prizes…

January 18, 2018

Seven Flash Fiction Markets that Pay Writers

By Alex J Coyne Flash fiction is really short fiction, sometimes 1, 000 words and under, though usually 500 words and less. Do you think you could tell a story with punch in a few hundred words? Then check out some of these markets that accept flash fiction. All of these publishers pay, although one…

January 11, 2018

Everyone Judges a Book by the Cover: How to Find the Right One

By Alex J. Coyne A professional, well-designed cover can make all the difference. It does not matter if a potential reader encounters your book in physical form, or online, a good cover can sell copies much easier than a bad one. I have bought books based on covers alone, I have also refused to buy…

January 4, 2018

The Top 3 Red Flags When Searching for Book Editors

Lindsey Danis A freelance book editor can help a writer polish a manuscript, but too many editors prey on vulnerable writers who want external validation. Inexperienced or predatory editors can do more harm than good—taking your money, not directly improving your manuscript, and causing indigestion. What red flags should savvy writers know when searching for…

December 28, 2017

Everything You Need to Know to Have a Successful DIY Writer’s Retreat

By Akanksha Singh Maya Angelou rented herself a hotel room in every town she lived in, just for her writing. She’d leave home at six, be in the room and writing by six thirty, and head back around lunch time. There’s something about having a room of one’s own, away from the stress of living,…

December 21, 2017

Writers’ Forums: How to Connect with a Writing Community Online

By Alex J. Coyne Keeping in touch with other writers, readers and editors is a great way to be exposed to new fiction, find writing gigs, get critique, promote your work and generally get to know the market. Here’s a list of the best forums, communities and message boards for writers. Writers’ Digest Forums Writers’…

December 18, 2017

How to Write a Hook That Captures Attention

by Wendy S. Delmater Readers are dealing with a constant barrage of television, radio, internet, other written things, and real life: all are vying for their interest. Why should they read your story? To overcome that initial resistance, there’s a tool writers use. It’s called a hook. Hooks are something—sometimes more than one thing–in the…

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