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December 17, 2018

Why Writers Need To Be Readers

“You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do so. It’s hard for me to believe that people who read very little (or not at all in some cases) should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written, but I know it’s true. If I…

December 13, 2018

The Most Common Mistake Writers Make When First Submitting to Publishers

There is one mistake that most authors make when submitting their work to literary journals and magazines for the first time. It is a mistake I made when I first started submitting work. It is a mistake that most of the serious authors I know made. What is that mistake? Is it a terrible cover…

December 6, 2018

3 Annual and Recurring Anthologies of Short Fiction

By Alex J. Coyne Anthologies are an excellent way for writers to see their short fiction in publication, and many anthologies were their first introduction to reading short stories in collected form – these are the Best Of books, the Year’s Greatest Horror Fiction books, the yearly collections that help to keep the craft alive….

November 26, 2018

Using Scrivener to Play the Submissions Game

By John Burnham As an aspiring writer, I make regular submissions to literary journals. It’s an enjoyable activity, full of challenges and satisfaction. But, it creates an admin task that’s not so much fun. I have to keep track of what pieces I’ve submitted, what journal the submission went to, and what the response was….

November 21, 2018

3 Reasons Imitation is a Gateway to Originality

By Katey Schultz Imitation, at first mention, is often shunned in writing circles. Admittedly, it can be confused with plagiarism, although in my work as a teacher and author, I see the two as very, very different. Think about classical painters who spend years imitating Monet before beginning original works of their own. Consider some…

November 15, 2018

How to Use Facebook Live to Promote Your Writing

— Jen Kolic Did you know that a whopping 78% of Facebook users view live content? And there are ten times more comments on livestream videos than regular videos—that’s an amazing level of engagement! These were just some of the astounding facts shared by Phylecia Jones, budgetologist at Keeping Up With Mrs. Jones. Jones and…

November 8, 2018

Four Guidelines for Writing (and Publishing) Without an Agent

You do not need an agent to write and sell books. Since 2006, I have written and found publishers for three nonfiction books and two novels. While the publishing path for each book has varied, my approach to writing remains steadfast (and may help you find publishing success, too). 1. First and foremost, if you…

November 1, 2018

How to Improve Your Writing Practice with Composting

By John Dorroh Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones, a book that all writers need to own and use, convincingly suggests to develop the habit of using timed writing practice on a daily basis. These warm-up sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, whatever works. Along with timed writing…

October 25, 2018

Weekly & Monthly Newsletters for Writers

By Alex J. Coyne Writing newsletters are an excellent source of practical writing advice, bits of inspiration, useful articles, market lists and useful contacts – and if you’re a writer who isn’t subscribed to any of them, then you’re missing out on thousands of terabytes of information that’s floating around out there for free. Here…

October 18, 2018

The Shame List: Manuscript Publishers Who Always Charge to Submit

All of the publishers included on this list are traditional publishers. They are not vanity or assisted presses that charge their authors in order to publish their books. Many are respected publishers with good distribution. Most primarily publish poetry manuscripts. We have written at length before about why this problem affects poets the most. We…

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