Writing conferences offer valuable chances to meet face-to-face with agents—but in the heat of the moment, nerves can get the best of even the most confident writers. Here are 5 steps to coming out on top.
Video book trailers are fast becoming an effective tool for book promotion. Try these approaches for creating and distributing one of your own.
Think there’s nothing you can do to help your submission’s chances? Think again.
This is for the dreamers, the believers, for those who thrive on the hope of fulfilling the potential we’ve all been blessed with.
Here's how to explore the functions of dialogue and narration in a scene, so that you can find the mix that’s right for your novel.
A guest post by Benjamin Sobieck 1. Switchblades Are Out, Assisted Opening Knives Are In Switchblades (aka “automatic knives”) are still around, but they’ve grown gray hair and moved to Florida. How stereotypical. Since the mid-’90s, there’s a new whippersnapper on the block with all the benefits of switchblades and few of the legal...
Research has proven that writing about traumatic events, if done properly, can be beneficial. I spent nearly a decade working on a memoir about my brother’s suicide, our lives, and my grief. Here’s what I learned along the way.
When you're struggling to write, it's important to know you're not alone. Here are 10 common challenges all of us writers have to deal with from time to time.
Many writers, particularly younger ones, struggle to find their voice: the word choice, the cadence, the tone, the very punctuation—the stuff that slyly suggests or that screams that you wrote it. Here's how to find yours and use it to your advantage.
You can write that novel. It is possible to get published. I'm going to help. Here are 12 lessons I learned as I navigated the path to publication.
The following five strategies transform your blogging time from a promotional activity into a book-writing activity as well.
Here are a list of 10 ingredients necessary to pull off a spectacular book launch party.
Becoming a masochist early on – embracing the pain to the point of enjoyment - may be the single best investment an aspiring writer can make. The pain takes many shapes, all of them useful along the writer’s path.
Here are 10 smart, yet simple ways for every writer—from novelists to journalists to poets—to enrich his or her mind and become better at cultivating ideas and putting them to the page.
Meeting characters in a novel is very much like meeting people in real life. When we start reading a book, it’s as if we moved to a new town and were meeting a whole bunch of new people at the same time. Your job as a writer is to create that town and populate...
Point of view is among the least understood craft challenges but, along with the related question of narrative distance, it is perhaps the most powerful in effecting readers’ emotions. Here are tips on writing POV.
YARN, the Young Adult Review Network is thrilled to be celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. When it launched in January of 2010, it was the first independent online literary journal of short-form YA to publish short stories, essays, and poetry by writers of any age and stature. In five years, it has discovered...
After you publish any short piece, consider taking steps in two main categories (other than just Facebook or Twitter) to help your work reach an audience.
Dimensional characters are born from drama—not description. Here’s why (and how) to delve into your characterizations one defining scene at a time.
The process of finding a literary agent or publisher is grueling and filled with rejection land mines. And, once published, there is no guarantee a book will be successful or that an author will sell a second book. A writer must be prepared for rejection every step of the way.
I was forty-three when I wrote my first novel and realized I’d found my passion. Several years and four novels later, I finally decided to land an agent and get published. Here's how I found success.
The story of meeting my agent, Barbara Poelle, takes place over an afternoon webinar -- and it changed my life forever. Here's how a webinar helped me land my agents (and, eventually, a book deal).
On a chilly winter’s eve back in 2013, my forlorn, un-agented self was perusing Janet Reid’s blog. I kept noticing the Query Shark speak in a teasingly scathing tone of another agent. An agent who had been driving her mad of late, yanking riches out from under her well-primed nose. That agent’s name was...
Well, hello there! I'm an agent. Aloof and hard to snare, like this season's Prada bag or a yeti. I know what you're wondering: How do you stand out in a query in box along with the 497 other queries? I have the secrets here.
Stranded on a mountaintop? Shipwrecked on a deserted island? Can a story actually thrive with only two characters on the page for long stretches in a novel? Well yes. But it’s tricky. Here are some techniques I learned while writing my new release, Summer by Summer.