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How To Solve Media's Diversity Problem

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 11.24.2015 | Media

Every writer of color and most readers of color know the jolt of seeing a name like yours in print. It's a facsimile of the nod, the silent acknowled...

The 4 Cs of Writing a Book

Chuck Boyce | Posted 11.20.2015 | Business
Chuck Boyce

Few things are more daunting than staring at that blank computer screen after you've made the decision to write your first book. But it doesn't have to be so overwhelming. I break the process down into the four Cs.

Why a Strong Sense of Purpose Fuels the Innovation Process

Joshua Macht | Posted 11.18.2015 | Media
Joshua Macht

At our recent offsite, the Harvard Business Review Group asked one of our long time contributors to talk to us about innovation. His name is Vijay Gov...

5 Reasons Why Short Stories Are Easier to Adapt Than Novels

ScreenCraft | Posted 11.13.2015 | Books

This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational ...

I Need Coffee: Writing Isn't Sexy, But It Can Pay the Bills

Katie Rose Guest Pryal | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Katie Rose Guest Pryal

So I'm here to tell you that you can make a living as a writer, but you (might) have to let go of some notions of what "making a living as a writer" means.

Make Room and the Right Door Will Open for You

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

Within a matter of one month, I've decided to clear some of my emails that no longer serve me. I even started to read only material on websites tha...

The Oxymoron of Self-Publishing

Mandy Jackson-Beverly | Posted 10.27.2015 | Books
Mandy Jackson-Beverly

When I first heard the phrase 'self-publishing,' I envisioned myself at a printing press: paperbacks flying across the garage while my ink-stained fingers desperately tried to stuff the little rascals into boxes.

The Time of Their LIFE: Fun at the Office in the 1960s

Peter Mandel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Media
Peter Mandel

The mysterious, mostly disappeared world of LIFE magazine is all still there: Staffers hacking at typewriters, beefing about the managing editor, draining double Scotches and martinis before lunch. At least in my mind it's still there.

The 5 Worst Things a Writer Can Say

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.25.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

This past week, I launched my fifth novel, Chance Harbor, provoking a friend to exclaim, "Wow, you're popping out books like Tic Tacs, aren't you?...

What Blogging on HuffPost Taught Me Regarding Goals and Dreams

Yvonne Kariba | Posted 10.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Yvonne Kariba

When I first started blogging, I really didn't think much about where I wanted to go with it. All I knew was that I enjoyed writing and wanted to sh...

A Guide for the Daring Creative

Elizabeth Baudouin | Posted 10.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Elizabeth Baudouin

Lizzy Okoro realized her lifelong dream of publishing a magazine after making a deal with herself that she would leave her career in law and international affairs on the day of June 26, 2014.

Chris Beauchamp and the Monster of Digital Media

Nova Lorraine | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
Nova Lorraine

There are very few people that amaze me by their unique brilliance and charm, but Chris Beauchamp of Monster Media is one of them. Having worked with a variety of brands from Target to JetBlue, Chris is one of the creative geniuses behind a company that has grown into an unstoppable force in the retail digital marketing space.

YouTuber Takes His Love For Books to the Next Level

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 10.21.2015 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

He's a successful YouTuber, a book enthusiast, and has cultivated quite the following on social media. Ben Alderson - aka Benjaminoftomes - is a superstar in his own right. Now, Ben is embarking on another journey with his new micropublishing house.

8 Ways to Use College to Become a Great Editor

L.L. Barkat | Posted 10.16.2015 | Books
L.L. Barkat

"What's the opportunity here?" This is the phrase that was playing in my mind after a conversation with my daughter, who is, in her own right, a talented writer and editor -- with the possibility to also become a publisher in the future.

Josh Funk on the War Between Pancakes & French Toast, SCBWI & Getting Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's called Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, and it's a ripping barnburner full of outlandish action, heroic and dastardly characters, roller coaster rhymes and some absolutely fabulous illustrations by Brendan Kearney.

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 98 Landykes of the South

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 10.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

These are powerfully human stories that help us all understand more about lesbian-feminism and where -- and how -- we live our lives.

Author Amy Sue Nathan Dishes on Writing, Social Media Savvy and Why Books Are Like M&Ms

Holly Robinson | Posted 10.12.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

"I am kind of programmed to help other writers and have been doing that since long before I had an agent or book contract. It inspired me to be around (virtually) other writers, published and not."

5 Ways to Engage Your Readers

Dorit Sasson | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Spend time crafting and perfecting your book so your storytelling shines. Invest in a high quality editor who is well-versed in your genre and can help take your book to the next level.

Inside Traditional Publishing: "Divorcing" Your Agent -- When It's Time to Say Goodbye

Karen Dionne | Posted 10.05.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Understand that according to most agency agreements, your previous agent will be entitled to receive compensation for sales they made while you were under contract with them, even though you are no longer working together.

Writers: You MUST Finish Your Book

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

My first book, an epic fantasy, is about to be published by Tor. Getting to that publication date--September 29th, 2015--has taken nearly all the years I've been alive and more work than I could have imagined, starting out.

Phyllis Tickle: A Personal Reflection

Jack Levison | Posted 09.25.2015 | Religion
Jack Levison

Phyllis Tickle died in her sleep this week, after four months of living with cancer. Phyllis is known to the publishing world as a powerhouse.

Ann Ralph on the Joys of Fruit Trees, Taking Care of Mother Earth, and How to Get a Book Deal Writing About Something You Love

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.24.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Ann Ralph when she won our Pitchapalooza with one of the great elevator pitches we've ever heard: The Elements of Style for fruit trees. It made total sense even as it was counterintuitive.

What I Learned From Self-Publishing My Book

Abby Rosmarin | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Abby Rosmarin

After letting the idea swim in my head for a few years, I finally got the chutzpah to write (and finish) it. After countless read-throughs and edits, I declared my book done and facetiously exclaimed: "Time to get money!" Well, not so much.

Cheat! It's the Only Way to Get Published

New Republic | Posted 09.16.2015 | Books
New Republic

Perhaps other publications handle their slush with more tact than ours, and some make a point of recognizing new writers, but the result is the same: The writers quite literally had no chance.

18 Things Only Writers Struggling To Get A Novel Published Can Possibly Understand

Lauren Cahn | Posted 09.15.2015 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

You've always wanted to write that novel, and now you're finally deep in the weeds. You tweet "#amwriting" and suddenly you've got a slew of new followers, all of whom are doing the exact same thing. Here's a snapshot of what that pain looks like.