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5 Articles You Should've Read Over the Summer

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I share many publishing-related articles via Facebook and Twitter (and through Best Tweets), but I know many of you aren't involved in those networks.

So, I'd like to highlight 5 articles that I think every writer should have read over the summer.

  1. Where Will Bookstores Be 5 Years From Now? by the always insightful Mike Shatzkin. Why you should read it: To better understand the challenges now facing the publishing community and what the future looks like.
  2. After 15 Years of Practice … by Derek Sivers. Why you should read it: To understand the importance of practice, patience, persistence.
  3. Barnes & Noble Review: Clay Shirky interview. I've mentioned this before, but it's worth mentioning again. It's critical to understanding the dynamics now at play in all of media/publishing.
  4. The Line Between Book and Internet Will Disappear by Hugh McGuire. Why you should read it: To stretch your thinking and ideas about what a "book" is.
  5. 4 Ways Not to Reek of Desperation by Mitch Joel. Why you should read it: To learn how to empower yourself without waiting for someone else to approve/validate your work.

And a bonus for anyone interested in self-publishing:

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Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Rimma Onoseta: On Trusting the Process of Revision

Author Rimma Onoseta discusses how seeing other Black female authors on bookshelves encouraged her to finish writing her contemporary YA novel, How You Grow Wings.

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover

Writer's Digest September/October 2022 Cover Reveal

Writer's Digest is excited to announce our Sept/Oct 2022 issue featuring our Annual Literary Agent Roundup, an interview with NYT-bestselling YA horror novelist Tiffany D. Jackson, and articles about writing sinister stories.

Your Story #120

Your Story #120

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

5 Tips for Writing as a Parent

Author Sarah Grunder Ruiz shares how she fits writing into her life and offers 5 tips on how to achieve a sustainable writing life as a parent.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 621

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an animal poem.

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Why Is This Love Scene Here? How To Write Compelling Love Scenes

Not sure which way to turn when writing intimate scenes? Author Jo McNally shares how to write compelling love scenes that make sense for the story you’re writing.

How Can I Help You?

How Can I Help You?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a high-end retail salesperson.

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Phong Nguyen: On Freedom To Invent in Historical Fiction

Award-winning author Phong Nguyen discusses his lifelong dream of writing his new historical fiction novel, Bronze Drum.

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

Historical Fiction Authors Don’t Expect Their Characters’ Battles To Appear in Modern Headlines, but Here We Are

What happens to historical fiction when history repeats itself? Author Addison Armstrong discusses writing about the past and seeing it reflected in the present.