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March 8, 2018

How to Re-Capture the Love of Writing

By Abigail Shepard I don’t believe in writer’s block. I think there’s always something to write, and every writer I know has a huge file or notebook of ideas that haven’t yet seen the light of day. The problem comes from worrying too much about how you’re going to write it, or, sometimes, just not…

March 6, 2018

Making Connections: Marketing Tips for Writers

By Richard Billing Marketing is perhaps one of the trickiest parts of the writing process. You’ve just spent months writing a book, the last thing you want to do is slave away on the web trying to unlock the magic code of getting it noticed. I’ve tried various things—paid ads, joining forums and groups, going…

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 14, 2018

What If: A Guide to Story Generation

Some folk have no problem with story ideas; they’re full to the brim with them. I’m not one of those and, though I’ve lived a while, it seems I often need help from outside sources. There are lots of ways people like me (those without an eternal parade of plots and storylines) can generate story…

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 7, 2018

What Rejection Letters Really Mean

by Wendy S. Delmater Oh no. Your literary creation—poem, article, novel, or story—has been rejected. What do you do now? One of the first questions you should ask is, was this a Form Rejection or a Personalized Rejection? When you use The Grinder (by Diabolical Plots) to keep track of your submissions, it even gives…

February 6, 2018

11 Audiobook & Braille Publishers of Books

By Alex J. Coyne Having your work published (or republished) as Audiobooks or Braille texts can expose you to an entirely new readership as a writer. And the good news is there are a couple imprints who specialize if you know where to look. Here are some places to submit your work. Audiobook Publishers Audio…

February 1, 2018

How to Promote Yourself on Social Media (Without Trying Too Hard)

— By Isabelle Kenyon So you have a book and you have access to the internet – and theoretically, you can now promote that book to the WORLD through social media. Unfortunately, social media marketing is a tricky thing to do ‘right’ or to pin down. I’m going to talk you through the mistakes I…

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…

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