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The Temporary Expert

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. Read more

Voice And Dialect

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Groping for Quotes

When even C-list celebrities won’t talk, it’s time to resort to Plan B. Read more

Choosing Your Paper

All paper is not created equal. Yes, you could write in 39 ? school notebooks, but your journal should be recorded on a medium that will endure. Read more

Shades of Gray

Do you still have first-time rights to your work if it’s been printed in blogs, e-zines or tiny defunct journals? Well, the rules aren’t so black and white any more. Read more


To keep your finger on the pulse of your story’s category, consider the benefits of these national writing associations. Read more

3-Part Recipe for PERFECT Agent Queries

Dish up good representation for your book by adding three key ingredients to that next query letter. Read more

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Word

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 1600s), gratitude (in use by 1450) and tiny (from the 1500s) are from succeeding generations. A long-time editor gives more advice for word Read more

Tips on the Goals of Description in Writing

What do we mean by description? Rebecca McClanahan dispels some myths about the uses and goals of description. Read more

Is the Book Dead?

With all things electronic demanding our attention, with new media like e-books becoming more common and more sophisticated, is the ancient book dead. Hardly. Read why. Read more

Keep the Commission

Do you really need an agent? Here’s one writer’s irreverent guide to flying solo. Read more

Upon Further Review: Opinions

Should you show your article to a source before publication? We asked about two dozen writers and editors if they’d ever done so; if so, what the circumstance and result were; and if not, why not. Read more

Daily Doses

Land more writing clients by taking advantage of the latest (and easiest) marketing tool. Read more

8 Tips to Networking Success

Learn how to make the most of your conference experience by using these techniques to improve your networking skills! Read more

What is a Blog?

Q: While I’ve read several sites referred to as “blogs,” I’m not really sure what a blog is. What is a blog? —Christopher B. A: From writers at award-winning newspapers, to magazine … Read more

What Christine Byl can’t not do

Is writing something you can’t NOT do? If so, you’re on the right track, as the case of writer Christine Byl Read more

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