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January 21, 2021

Writing a Non-Fiction Book in an Established Series

By Ellen Levitt The publishing world has many interesting non-fiction book series that have multiple titles, and they often look to expand their catalogues. If you would enjoy writing a title about travel and touring, a how-to manual, a book of music instruction, a cookbook or many other topics, there are a wide variety of…

January 18, 2021

20 Speculative Fiction Markets Open in January 2021

These are markets of speculative fiction, and they’re open now for submissions. A few also accept other genres, like nonfiction and poetry. Many of them pay writers. They are listed in no particular order. Diabolical PlotsThey publish science fiction, fantasy and horror (up to 3,500 words). Feel free to mix in other genres with these,…

January 11, 2021

How to Find the Right Agent for Your Book

Researching agents can be a time-consuming process, but I would never submit to an agent without first doing significant research. To me, research is the most important step of the submission process. It is vital because there is no point going through all the work of writing your manuscript and submitting, just to end up…

January 4, 2021

28 Themed Submission Calls for January 2021

There are 28 themed calls for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the 20 markets here. Some of the themes are: mermaids, lost civilizations, lesbian historic fiction, monsters, protest diaries, stories inspired by Jules Verne, parenting, engaging with the natural world, health, and (reimagined) Gothic fiction. All are paying markets (also see this list for more…

December 28, 2020

43 Writers’ “Rules for Writing”

Most writers have their own special “rules for writing,” even if they don’t talk about them. I find other writers’ rules fascinating, even when I don’t agree with them. A lot can be learned by reading about other authors’ approaches to writing. The New York Times and The Guardian have published famous authors’ answers to…

December 21, 2020

24 Creative Nonfiction Markets Open in December 2020

These magazines publish creative nonfiction, including personal essays, memoir, lyrical essays, narrative nonfiction, and others. Most of them also accept other genres, like fiction and poetry. Some of these pay writers. Here they are, in no particular order. Small Print MagazineThey publish fiction and creative nonfiction (flash pieces to 8,000 words; serialized and longer works…

December 14, 2020

27 Specialized Manuscript Publishers that Accept Direct Submissions

All of the presses on this list meet all of our guiding principles, but most of them have such a specific focus that we cannot justify writing a full review and sending it to our full list of subscribers. But they are still good publishers. Instead, we have compiled this list of mini-reviews. I have also…

December 10, 2020

3 Editing Tools Every Writer Should Be Using

By Holly Garcia As a writer, the goal is to present your best work before you submit, which won’t happen on your first draft, and probably not on your second; as they say, third time’s the charm.   Each round of edits serves its own purpose. The first time you edit, make sure what you’re writing…

December 7, 2020

28 Themed Submissions Calls for December 2020

There are 28 themed submission calls for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in the 20 markets listed here. Some of the themes are: (fictional) haunted buildings, resurrection, survival, lost contact, when worlds collide, holy war (military horror), resist with every inch and every breath, a quiet afternoon, myths and monsters, redemption, underground, twisted love,…

November 30, 2020

9 Literary Magazines Seeking Volunteer Readers & Why You’d Want To Participate

By Trish Hopkinson There is a variety of reasons you may want to volunteer as a reader for a literary magazine or journal. The majority of reading and other volunteer responsibilities will be conducted online, so you need not be in the same geographical area. Below are some of those reasons to consider, as well…

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