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August 28, 2019

Genre: A Novel’s Flavor

By Modupeh Duncan Writing a novel comes with many challenges: finding time to write on a busy schedule, developing a consistent and intriguing plot, navigating character threads, creating well-rounded, realistic characters, etc. But something that most people do not spend enough time thinking about is genre. Selecting a genre seems almost intuitive; however, there is…

August 22, 2019

5 Dystopian Fiction Markets

By Alex J. Coyne Dystopian fiction can be described as a genre that presents us with a vision of an often terrifying and unsettling future or sometimes past. It’s stories like Brave New World and 1984, and it’s ones like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Matrix. The genre has received considerable media coverage (New Statesman,…

August 15, 2019

Three Reasons To Work With An Editor On Your Book

Ben Graff For any writer, knowing how to make your book the best it can possibly be, is not an easy question. For the new author it is even more acute. What you have written matters. You have lived with the story for so long in your head. All those desk hours later something real…

August 7, 2019

Five Literary Journals that Publish Social Justice Writing

By Uma Menon The following is a list of five literary journals and magazines that encourage and publish submissions of social justice writing. Glass: A Journal of Poetry Glass: A Journal of Poetry includes a special feature, Poets Resist, dedicated to resistance poems on current events. They are looking for work that engages with political…

How to Reach International Readers With Your Books

by K.A. Wiggins The US is (still) the largest English-language book market, but the gap is rapidly shrinking. China’s publishing industry is taking off. India’s millions of English-speakers spend twice as much time reading as Americans. Italy and Germany have strong translation markets. Whether independent or traditionally published, authors who overlook the value of connecting…

August 1, 2019

Inside an Independent Bookstore: What Writers Should Know

By David Perez I’m a writer and published author working at Op. Cit., a locally owned, independent bookstore in Taos, New Mexico. Formerly called Moby Dickens, the shop has been in business for thirty years. From my decade of employment there, I’d like to offer a few insights. First, the sheer volume of books published…

July 19, 2019

Keeping a Writing Career On Track With Query Tracker

Karen McGeorge Sanders Need an agent? Can’t remember which agents or publishers were queried for which project? Query Tracker may be the solution.   Query Tracker (QT) is an online query tracking system that allows users to find agents and publishers in English speaking countries, list those they are querying, and track responses. It was…

July 18, 2019

How to Engage Your Readers By Editing for Who, What, Where, When Why, & How

— Wendy S. Delmater This is the second article in a series, the first can be read here. As a writer you want your readers fully immersed in your world, as seen through the eyes of a character that they fully identify with. The last, the very last thing you want to do is break…

July 16, 2019

How to Create a Fan Club for Your Writing on Facebook

By Kia Carrington-Russell I remember starting out as a young author, utterly naïve to the hard work ahead of me and the different ways to connect with readers on a personal level. In my opinion, having a supportive group was a massively influential part of my development as an author. When creating a Facebook Group…

July 10, 2019

Knowing When to Rewrite

By Richie Billings I had a sickening moment not long ago. While thinking how best to put the pieces of a story together, I realized none of it worked. It was like trying to place triangles into oblongs.  Before nausea came panic, and when at last they both settled, I realized I had a decision…

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