When I'm trudging through the messy middle of a book, I double check my list of must-haves to punch up the pace. Here's what you can do to strengthen the middle of your novel.
Looking for a new summer read? Let us help: From classics to recent bestsellers, fiction to nonfiction, local favorites to international treasures, this flowchart has you covered.
Kristin Lenz shares the potential power of participating in contests far and wide, including how it landed her a book deal and helped some of her colleagues.
Twitter pitching events have become an enormously popular way for author to connect with literary agents by pitching their completed manuscript on Twitter under a hashtag. Here are some tips to make sure your experience goes well.
I tend to take life personally. And nothing is more personal to me than family and friends. That’s why, as a writer, I specialize in personal essays.
Agent Justin Wells of Corvisiero Literary Agency shares his opinion on why conferences and workshops are absolute musts for writers today, whether it’s a big or small event.
Camp NaNoWriMo is like the summer camp version of National Novel Writing Month. Here's why you should consider spending your summer with that community.
Literary Agent Anjali Singh has been with Ayesha Pande Literary for 2 years. In this profile, learn about her best writing and pitching tips.
Writers should be aware of when their stories cross a line.
With hundreds of bylines and a growing bookshelf to her name, Roxane Gay has become a mainstay in our written cultural conversation. Learn how she found her voice across genres and forms—and her best advice for pursuing success on your own terms.
At some point, whether you’re self-publishing or preparing to submit a full manuscript to an agent or small press, you’re probably going to need a freelance editor. Here’s four tips from an indie author on how to prepare for the editing experience.
A snippet from Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2018, in this short interview, debut picture book author Mike Malbrough talks about the importance of connections and face-to-face interactions in the children’s literature industry.
I was recently asked to visit my former MFA program to speak with current students about my experience publishing my debut novel, The Salt House, forthcoming from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster this summer. As a woman in her mid-40’s who’d only graduated from the program several years earlier, my journey to selling my debut was...
Author Karen Dionne (THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER) discusses her process in writing her breakout novel, and why changing genres and exploring new characters and plots might just be the key to standing out.
If your protagonist isn’t compelling, it doesn’t matter how well-structured your plot is. This quick guide to three common types of dynamic characters will help you create a protagonist that resonates with readers and takes your story to new heights.
Author Kristen Lepionka (THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK) shares seven thigns she’s learned on her writing journey—from learning the importance of patience and building a community to being organized on all levels.
In this back and forth, author Ricki Schultz and literary agent Barbara Poelle dish on the similarities between courting a mate and courting an agent.
To avoid stereotyping and caricature—and to keep your story believable—try these strategies and tips.
Former journalist and current thriller writer Michael Martinez shares five things that journalism taught him about writing fiction—including paying attention to details, researching, and economy of words.
It was May 2014 and we were in New York, prepping for a meeting with our agent, Elisabeth Weed. She had asked us to brainstorm ideas for our next book. We were due at her office in one hour and all we had was a magical blow dryer.
If you’re a writer and you don’t often feel like punching something—or someone—you’re not doing something right. Because every writer feels rejection. But you'll be fine. Here's why.
Jolina Petersheim, author of The Divide and The Alliance, shares the secrets for completely editing and rewriting a novel—with ten specific tips to help you through the slog.
Kris Spisak shares 9 tips for writers who are looking to break out—all from her journey with starting a small grammar blog to landing an agent and a book deal.
Author Corabel Shofner (upcoming novel ALMOST PARADISE) discusses the (over)use of eyes in fiction, and whether or not writers should continue to use them.
If you’re a bookworm, you probably read more than most people you know. If you’re a competitive bookworm, you want to know how much more you read than most people you know. If you fall into the latter camp, wonder no more. This infographic lays out the reading prowess of countries across the globe,...