Editor’s Note: The discussion of diversity in publishing has been ongoing for decades. Some authors take issue with their books being categorized as “African-American Literature,” “Women’s Fiction” or “LGBTQ” (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer). Others don’t object to the labels, but decry the difficulty of breaking in when publishers identify your readership as “niche.”...
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Whether you're writing your first novel or are struggling with completing a second one (or more), sometimes you need some help focusing and figuring out how to reach your goal. Use these 9 tricks to help you go from first sentence all the way to completed novel.
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In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Adriann Ranta will present resources and tips for authors on narrowing down their field of agents to query, prioritizing what they want from their representation and how to ask for it. Plus, Adriann will critique your one-page query letter! It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday,...
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After writing my memoir for over four years, I was finished, right? Wrong. I didn't realize I needed help whipping my manuscript into shape. Using a professional editor helped me do just that.
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In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Carly Watters will teach you how to deconstruct rejections and more. Plus, as a bonus, Carly will critique your one-page query letter! Details here.
I had the pleasure of meeting audiobook narrator, writer and director Tavia Gilbert at my local library last year. Struck by the beautiful tone of her voice and her vivacious personality, I was eager to learn more about possibly creating an audio version of my debut novel. Within two months of our meeting, Blackstone...
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Few books take the country by storm so quickly, but that’s exactly what Andy Weir’s The Martian did. Now it’s not only a bestselling book, but also a box-office topping motion picture. In this interview, Weir discusses the art of writing science fiction, how to incorporate your passions into your writing and more. GIVEAWAY:...
Being a writer can make you crazy. The writer’s life is at once invigorating and exhausting, it can be isolating and wonderfully social, inspiring as well as demeaning. As writers we bring our deepest, most sensitive selves to the page, and often the world can feel like a hyper-critical and uncaring receiver, where competition,...
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As November approaches, many nonfiction and fiction writers are preparing to take on a book-in-a-month challenge. But is it possible to write a book, or a good book, in a just 30 days?
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Reading and writing steampunk can be a lot of fun. Here's what you need to know to write well in this genre.
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In this live 90-minute webinar literary agents agents Danielle Barthel and Jaida Temperly will guide you through writing the perfect query. Plus, they'll critique your query letter. Sign up now.
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