Judy Bodmer, a full-time writer and freelance editor explains 8 ways to make your book a success long before your work sees a bookstore shelf.
Debbie Ridpath Ohi, author of Writer's Online Marketplace, tells you how to find the online markets that are right for you.
A writer's ability to describe his or her story's surroundings, to make their settings and characters spring alive in the mind of the reader, is critical to the success of any piece of fiction. Here are four tips from Monica Wood, author of Description to help you squeeze the right amount of flavor...
Improve your writing and expand your network of writing friends by joining a critique group you can attend from the comfort of your home.
Understanding fair use is crucial for writers who glean material from outside sources. Learn when and how to attribute facts, opinions and paraphrases.
Editors and E-Queries
If you stay true to your voice, this successful romance writer says, you'll find those rules aren't etched in stone.
New agencies—and even a few well-established ones—are on the hunt for the next breakout book. Could it be yours?
Need to get an insider's viewpoint on a specialty topic? You don't need no stinkin' expert. Immerse yourself in the subject at hand, then be your own insider. These three writers prove the efforts are well worth it.
Voice And Dialect
"For me, research was the easy part because you know you're getting results. And so you procrastinate the scary part, which is the actual sitting down and writing the story by convincing yourself that you're being productive by doing more research ... I researched for seven months."
Sometimes, a source's exact words say everything that needs to be said. But not always.
Commercial publishers, subsidy publishers, vanity presses, self-publishing, PODwhat's the difference?
Find out which online publications offer the best deals for new and established writers.
After getting your book published, a new game begins: finding a hook for your work that will build buzz and translate into sales.
Sometimes the Internet can be a writer's worst enemy.
How do you choose the right word for the right situation? The most powerful words tend to be the shortest and, not coincidentally, the ones most basic to the English language. Words like kin, thanks and small, for instance, are deeply rooted in Old English before A.D. 1000, while words like relatives (from the...
What do we mean by description? Rebecca McClanahan dispels some myths about the uses and goals of description.
Here are 10 steps to pay attention to when sending your writing into a competition.
As technology improves, so do your publishing options. Here's a guide to what's new, what's available and why it's easier than ever to publish yourself.
A little R with a circle around itand a world of questions attached: Here's what you need to know about using brand names in your stories.
Learn the basics of what you need to know before you mail your submission.
Lining up article sourcesespecially when you're tight on timedoesn't have to be a harrowing task. Here's a five-step plan to find the right quote when you need it.
Hang in there! You can finesse your way to the end of your first draft with advice from novelists who've been there and lived to tell another tale.
Word choice: It''s writing''s core. Although it takes practice to always use the exact right word, be sure to keep these guidelines in mind.