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Is Electronic Publishing for You?

E-books haven’t set the world on fire yet, but they’re carving out a nice little niche. Read more

Arthur Golden on Revision

Arthur Golden on Revision Read more

Sling Your Web

It takes more than good writing to get readers to notice. Here are tricks and tips to use today’s technology to promote your work. Read more

3 Tips for Developing Solid Dialogue

Dialogue is perhaps the most important characterization tool at a fiction writer’s disposal; unfortunately, it is also one of the most difficult techniques to do well. Stiff, unnatural or overdone dialogue can doom the liveliest characters or stall the most exciting plot. But great dialogue can propel your characters and story off the page, deep into the imagination of your reader. Read more

Five Tips for Improving Story Endings

Translating a flash of inspiration into a compelling story requires careful crafting. Nancy Kress Read more

Reality Bites

Use real people, places and things in your writing without getting into trouble. Read more

4 Things to Know Before You Go

Use this expert’s advice to make the most of
your agent and editor meetings at writers conferences this year.
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A Guide to Writers’ Rights in the New Millennium

The incredible growth of electronic communication and the rise of the e-publishing industry over the last few years are altering the way books get published. Attorney and author Howard Zaharoff offers tips on negotiating your next book publishing contract with specific regards to electronic rights. Read more

Setting Your Sites

The time is nigh: If you don’t have a presence on the Web, you’re going to get left behind. Here’s why your website can be the key to your writing career, and how to do a site right. Read more


Pitch Books With Grace Read more

Start Off Strong

Your opening sentence sets the tone for your entry&#151make it strong and true. Read more

Let Me Make This Perfectly Clear

Clarity, the often unnoticed foundation of your writing, is crucial if you want readers to finish your story. Learn to see what the reader sees. Read more

Ready for Takeoff?

This month launches the second year of Zine Scene. For those of you just aboard, let us take a moment to tell you what it’s all about. Read more

How to Make Your Submission Stand Out

Mike Po, as president and A&R of Limited Potential Records, discovered acts such as Smashing Pumpkins, Brainiac and Catherine. Read more


Promote your work by voicing your way to the top of the radio airwaves. Read more

Selling to the Sisters

You don’t have to be female or have drawers full of published clips to break into major women’s markets. Read more

What”s Your Theme?

What is your story really about? Read more

It”s Not Just What You Say, But How

It”s Not Just What You Say, But How Read more

Increasing Your Freelance Writing Income

Excerpts from Robert Bly’s book, Write More, Sell More on ways to earn more money. Read more

Get Connected

Publishing has its ups and downs, but writers can find stasis in online communities. Read about three groups that provide more than just a place to commiserate about editors. Read more

Bidding War

Are freelance-bidding sites helpful to professional writers—or are they online dollar stores where clients shop for cheap labor? Read more

Follow-up Queries

Give your freelance career a boost with a time-honored tactic for scoring a second writing job as soon as you’ve finished the first. Read more

Writing Careers: Literary Agent Laurie Liss

Get inside the life of agent Laurie Liss and learn what to send an agent’s way. Read more

3 Tips for Writing Successful Flashbacks

Most writers try to avoid flashbacks, but if you just can’t resist sending your readers back in time, fiction columnist Nancy Kress has some advice. Kress explains what makes a flashback work, and how to perfect your own time traveling techniques. Read more

Advice From First Novelists on Getting Published

What’s one of the best ways to get published? Read more

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