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April 2, 2020

Covid-19 and Publishing

As our long time readers are well aware, we tend to steer clear of any “news” related updates. Once a year I write a general update on the state and changes in the literary world and we publish it in December. I’m sure most, if not all of you, are tired of timely updates about…

March 26, 2020

Tips for Being a Writer During the Health Crisis

By Brandie June I won’t lie, the world is a bit of a scary place right now. Anytime I turn on the news or go to the store, I’m reminded that there is a big health crisis that we all have to deal with right now, and it means a lot of changes. Over just…

March 19, 2020

The Importance of Trope Awareness

Over the last decade, the word trope has come to be used to describe commonly recurring motifs, clichés, and rhetorical devices in a wide range of creative works. Once you become aware of tropes, and how they’re used (and misused), they can become a useful tool in your writer’s toolkit. Tropes: in characters and stories…

March 5, 2020

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in March 2020

These markets are open in March and they pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; one of these magazines also accepts screenplays, graphic art, and graphic fiction. There are both literary and genre markets here. Deep Magic They want clean fantasy and sci-fi stories. They won’t publish fiction with graphic violence, mature sexual themes, or profanity….

How to Get Review Quotes for Your Book

 By Ben Graff When I had finished writing my first book, a more experienced author told me the hard work started now. She highlighted that all writers face a crowded marketplace. That no matter how beautiful the language or however moving the story, very few novels sell themselves. We all want our work to connect…

February 27, 2020

How to Work with an Artist to Design Your Book’s Cover

By Ben Graff As writers, we strive to make every word we place on the page work perfectly. However, readers frequently make judgments and buying choices without reading any of what we have written. Our cover designs are often the gateway to our work, and it is all too easy to undermine a great book…

February 20, 2020

Uproar Books: Accepting Submissions

Uproar Books was founded in 2018 by Rick Lewis, who has a background in marketing, not publishing. Uproar books published its first book in early 2019. They only publish epic fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults, and they are only interested in publishing series of books (although only the first one needs…

Nine Ways to Promote Your Writing for Free

Often I am asked “How do you promote your writing without paying anyone?” In my experience, the best ways to promote one’s writing are free. I am very skeptical about most of the for-pay options. While there are many ways to promote your own writing, the best ways all involve hard work, and persistence. Here…

February 13, 2020

The Importance of Knowing What You Want from a Publisher

Authors seeking to get their first manuscript published all have different goals. For some authors, any press will do, even if they have to pay for publication to happen (although I highly encourage you to self-publish through Amazon or another print-on-demand company, if that is the case). Other authors are interested in presses that have…

February 6, 2020

5 Paying Literary Markets to Submit to in February 2020

These magazines pay for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and they are all open for submissions. They are a mix of literary and genre markets. Ninth Letter This literary magazine is open for fiction, nonfiction and poetry submissions. They also accept translated works. They want work that experiments with form, narrative, and non-traditional subject matter, as…

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