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Secrets to Success in YA

R.L. Stine, bestselling author the iconic Goosebumps and Fear Street series, says that with every novel young readers pick up, they are looking to answer one specific question.

by Jessica Strawser, reporting from ThrillerFest 2010 (New York City)

The Ins and Outs of First-Person POV

In his session “The Pros and Cons of the First-Person Viewpoint,” blockbuster novelist David Morrell took an intimate look at this hotly debated POV.

by Jessica Strawser, reporting from ThrillerFest 2010 (New York City)

Motivate Your Characters Like a Pro

In his session “The Psychology of Character Motivation,” Edgar-nominated author D.P. Lyle, MD, shared this invaluable exercise for developing your characters’ motivations as your story unfolds.

by Jessica Strawser, reporting from ThrillerFest 2010 (New York City)

Tax Advice for Writers

For those of us who prefer words to numbers, taxes can require a translator. Lucky for us all, we found one. Here, an expert spells out who can claim writing expenses, what deductions qualify, and answers to other important questions.

by Bonnie Lee

How Poeming Is Like Dating

We’ve been discussing the composition of poetry on Twitter today. It sounds like many poets (including myself) tend to treat writing poetry like dating. Start off for funAt first, it’s just an image. Or an idea. Or a line. Something small and (what initially) seems unique triggers the beginning of a poem. You start to...

Writers' Lives Change When Abundance Is the Problem in Publishing

Kevin Smokler recently commented, “The day Clay Shirky does not say something fascinating is the day we all pack it in.” I discovered Shirky last year when his article on newspaper declines spread like wildfire. Go read his blog post, “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable.” Since then, I’ve read his book, Here Comes Everybody:...

Interview with 2010 Pop Fiction Winner Benjamin Kowalsky

Benjamin Kowalsky’s short story, which earned the grand prize in the 2010 Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards, isolates two enemies in the Russian Revolution above a crowded theater and uses the methodical rhythm of weapon assembly to set the pace and tone. Here's a Q&A with the winner.

by Melissa Hill

Best Articles Writers Should Have Read (1st Half of 2010)

I love uncovering great online articles and bloggers. Even better, I love sharing them. This week, I’ve scoured my Google Reader to find the best of the best stuff I shared in the first half of 2010. Here’s a list of what I think every writer ought to have read. Flip the Stick by...

Poetry Workshop: 014

Okay, I haven’t tackled one of these poetry workshops in a while, so let’s look at a poem from Khara House. Here the original draft: Our daily bread, by Khara E. House Pull one thread to unravel a sweater–one thing leads to another. Hansel and Gretel scatter breadcrumb path–come the birds, eat the crumbs,lead the children...

Authors: Build Your E-mail List—NOW

Since April, I hear the drums getting louder and louder: E-mail lists are the strongest tool in your marketing and promotion arsenal. I’ve heard it from large publishers, from small publishers, from authors. Here are three examples: Small publisherSophia Institute Press has a small and focused e-mail list of people who have purchased their...

How I Got My Agent: Tom McAllister

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...