Here are a few things to consider after you’ve written your first love—uh—I mean draft.
In honor of the great Harper Lee's passing, we'd like to share her writing advice from the September 1961 Writer's Digest.
Small-circulation publications are often overlooked, but they offer big perks to writers who are willing to reach out.
If you are like me, the very words “marketing” and “publicity” exhaust you. Here's what you need to know about hiring a publicist.
Want to make your YA characters more like real teenagers? This teenage writer talked to every teen she knows and came up with a list of the top 6 mistakes writers make when writing YA books.
How often do we allow others to get into our heads, and cause us to question our abilities? Here's how to handle that and push forward with your writing.
Learn how multiple authors dealt with the challenges of working together on a novel.
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.
Here are five common causes of writer's block and the solutions to get you out of them.
If you're a parent (or a writer with outside responsibilities), you'll need to find a way to write in an always-changing, consistently disruptive environment. Here's how to do that and reach your writing goals.
In this live 90-minute webinar literary agent Jennifer De Chiara will guide you, step by step, in writing the perfect pitch for your book. Plus, she'll critique your query letter. Sign up now.
We invited professor, award-winning author and National Black Writers Conference co-founder Elizabeth Nunez to contribute to the conversation on diversity in publishing. Here's what she had to say.
If you have ever written a high school term essay, you can write your life story. Here are the 10 core legacy themes to help you accomplish it.
It may sound funny, but it’s true: Humor is a great way to hook readers, no matter the subject. Here’s how to write better nonfiction simply by lightening the mood.
Chances are, you’re not the only character in your book. Here’s what every memoir writer needs to know about invasion of privacy, defamation and the law.
When it comes to writing, like all writers, I’m learning as I go. I was working on White Collar Girl, my fourth novel, I became aware of few crucial things. Let’s just say I debunked some popular writing myths and have learned some valuable tricks that I’d like to now pass along.
Whenever I pitched my book to an agent, I was always quick to point out I’d been a reporter for almost two decades. They’d have to take me somewhat seriously because everyone knows journalists can write. Right? If only that were true.
Hi All! Barbara Poelle again….remember yesterday how I was salivating for a new thriller author? I asked my author Nick Petrie (THE DRIFTER, Putnam, out this week!) how he hooked me in…here’s what he had to say. About Nicholas Petrie: He received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood...
I am hoping that 2016 brings me that pulse pounding plot without using words like CIA, Hezbollah or North Korea. I am craaaaving a more … hmm, personal plot? Here's what I'm looking for.
Mention the word outline in a room full of writers, and you’re sure to ignite a firestorm of passionate debate. Writers either love outlines, or they hate them. We either find them liberating, or we can’t stand how confining they are. Let’s take a look at how to get the most out of the...
The Pulpwood Queen & Timber Guys Book Club is the largest meeting and discussing book club in the world. I first met its founder, Kathy Murphy, at her annual Girlfriend Weekend in January 2015, where tiaras, pink feathered boas and costumes are required (yes, that’s me in the pic, dressed as Scarlett, with Kathy,...
Every press kit requires 8 main parts. Here's what to include and how to put it all together in a professional way.
Take an honest look at the real reasons our stories can stall—and discover 9 simple strategies to help you make it to “The End.”
Here are the good habits you should develop and add in your writing life if you want to find success.
I believe in writing my thrillers in having an inseparable trinity of Character, Research and Plot. And I have put them deliberately in what I consider to be their order of importance: This guest post is by Peter James. James is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace series, with more than...