Author Idabel Allen discusses the setting and experience of the south in writing Southern fiction, a genre that reaches back to the age of Faulkner and more recently Flannery O’Conner.
In the last few years, girls in titles have infiltrated bookstores and subsequently movie theaters. Why are they so popular? Why should (or shouldn’t) you give your novel one of those coveted Girl titles? Here's what you need to know.
Thriller writer Steven Kohlhagen shares his method for creating twists and turns throughout his novels—letting his characters dictate the ride.
Debut author Meg Eden explains the importance of bylines from literary magazines before pursuing literary representation.
Debut author Michael Haspil details five tips for surviving a long production cycle with your novel, including knowing when to vent and when to celebrate—and why you should always write.
Literary agent Jordy Albert of The Booker Albert Literary Agency is open to queries! She is seeking middle-grade, and young adult contemporary, science fiction, and fantasy.
Here are tips on how to revisit a world you've written about before and grow it into additional novels.
Author Rob Hart shares seven tips for writing about cities and places in fiction that you’ve only just visited, never lived, or are looking to put a fictional spin on.
In the crowded world of social media, an e-newsletter gives writers a direct line to readers.
Debut author Julie Shepard shares her nervousness in receiving a request for a full manuscript from a literary agent’s assistant—and why waiting to hear from the actual agent was worth it.
Author Gillian French explains how being willing to send manuscripts out for feedback opened up the publishing door—leading to an agent and eventual publication.
Author Nancy Kress (TOMORROW’S KIN) shares seven things she’s learned in her forty years of writing—from the roles of editors and writing instructors, to the ups-and-downs of a writing career.
Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of any conference, whether it’s a cosplay-loaded comic book convention, a business-centric event like BEA or a mystery con that’s geared to fans and authors.
Literary agent Tanusri Prasanna is open to queries! She is seeking picture books and middle-grade and young adult novels.
Here are 10 encouraging pieces of advice all unpublished writers need to tell themselves from time to time.
Author Kelly Oliver explains how getting inside other people’s heads can help fiction writers learn to explore contemporary social issues.
Freelance editor Meg LaTorre-Snyder explains the areas where freelance editors, particularly developmental editors, can help fiction writers, and when you should turn to one.
Here are my top 10 take-a-ways from my past year as a writer. All start with “Be” because writing is not only a state of mind, it’s an action. You are either doing it or not.
In this excerpt from Bring Your Fiction to Life, Karen S. Wiesner details five types of opening scenes that writers can use to get their fiction off to a strong start.
Fearless Writing author William Kenower shares how he’s learned to conquer his distaste for the query letter by remembering his love for what he’s querying for.
Debut author Diksha Basu shares her story of how asking for a little guidance helped her land a literary agent, and how choosing the agent she knew would push her the most has helped her career.
Sara Alexander explains how talking speaking to her agent about sex scenes in her romance novel allowed her to create vivid, real love scenes in her novel, Under a Sardinian Sky.
If you’re one of those writers who’s been meaning to start a journal for years but doesn’t get inspired by the idea of stream-of-consciousness-ing your thoughts each day, you're in luck—here are five solutions just for you.
Literary agent Shaheen Qureshi is currently seeking literary fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on historical fiction and narrative nonfiction, as well as memoirs, cookbooks, and graphic novels.