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June 24, 2021

The Benefits of Building a Street Team

By Aliya Hall Now that your book’s release date is on the horizon, how do you promote it while balancing those last minute publishing details? Marketing is always a challenge and it’s even harder to do if you’re an indie author, which is why creating a street team is crucial to getting eyes on your…

March 25, 2021

Interviewing for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers

by Ellen Levitt    For some authors, writing is a solitary craft; just the creator and the computer (or notebook with pen); occasionally they correspond via email or traditional mail with other people. But for others, there is necessary, frequent and important interaction with other people. Nonfiction writers in particular often must interview people for their…

March 22, 2021

How to Read Like a Published Author

I was a reader long before I was a writer. As a child, I fell in love with books like The Balloon Tree, A Wrinkle in Time, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8.  That love of books has never left me. When I was a teenager I remember being shocked by the fact that most of…

March 18, 2021

The Plagiarism Plague

By Brian Douglas I was thrilled when I got the call. A local writer’s group, after receiving a draft of a short story I’d written, extended an invitation for me to join their circle. I showed up at the appropriate time and place and was warmly welcomed. As time went on, I came to value…

March 11, 2021

Five Lessons Writers Can Learn From Fanfiction

By Cat Sole fanfiction: fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series, film, etc. Up until last year, I had completely dismissed fanfiction. From my limited exposure to the art form, I was under the impression that it was poorly written, a waste of time, and was exclusively for…

March 4, 2021

Flash Fiction, Short Stories, and Novels, Oh My! What is the Best Fit for Your Work?

By Holly Garcia When someone tells you they’re a fiction writer, what do you imagine they write?  Maybe the next great literary novel comes to mind. Or perhaps a series of short stories, à la Edgar Allen Poe. What if they told you there is a form of storytelling that can occur in as little as…

February 25, 2021

How to Lose an Agent in Ten Seconds

By Katherine DeGilio While querying is an essential part of the traditionally published author’s journey, the process can begin to feel a lot like climbing a never-ending ladder. Every step up leads to more steps. There is a myriad of information on how to make the process easier. “How to Query” articles rule the internet,…

February 18, 2021

How to Write a Third Person Biographical Statement

When you read submission guidelines, which vary from literary journal to literary journal, almost all of them will require that you include a brief biographical statement (or bio). Usually they require that the bio is in the third person and to be 50 words or less. These bios are tricky to write. It is hard…

February 11, 2021

The Truth About Copyright and Creative Writing

I am not a copyright lawyer. I would never claim to be. But I am a writer, a writer whose work has been published widely, so I have figured out a thing or two about how copyright does and does not work. This article focuses mainly on copyright in terms of literary journals, but it…

February 4, 2021

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Writing Habit

Holly Garcia This past year was a trip. Remote work became a thing for many, parents became teachers overnight, and many of us found ourselves putting our writing on the back burner. Now that you are adjusting to your new normal, it seems the perfect time to get back to your writing project.  You established…

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