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How to Happily Write a Query Letter

William Kenower | Posted 06.02.2016 | Home
William Kenower

We writers like to be alone for good reasons. To do this work we must turn our attention toward what we know best: ourselves. As much as we love to share our work with other people, those other people can become debilitating distractions if we let them.

You Might Be Using This Punctuation Mark All Wrong

| Posted 12.10.2014 | Home

By Writer's Relief staff: Today we tackle a subject that has sharply divided writers for generations. Those of you with delicate constitutions may ...

Finding Time To Write During A Busy Holiday Schedule

| Posted 11.26.2014 | Home

By Writer's Relief staff: The busy holiday season is here! In between baking, visiting family and friends, decorating, shopping for gifts, wrapping...

The Heartache of Bullying Doesn't Have an Age Limit

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.27.2014 | Women
Patrice Bendig

I'm not that 9-year-old little girl praying silently each day on the way to school that the bullies would pick on someone else that day. But I am that 25-year-old woman who still has feelings and expects more from humanity.

This Old-School Grammar Trick Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

| Posted 04.03.2017 | Arts

By Writer's Relief staff: Back in ye olden days (okay, about thirty years ago) elementary school students were taught how to diagram sentences. The...

The Key Element To Success Many Writers Avoid

| Posted 07.23.2014 | Home

By Writer's Relief staff: We all know that success as a writer depends on: 1) writing something worth reading and 2) getting published. (Thanks, Ca...

How To Begin Your Book

| Posted 07.09.2014 | Home

By Writer's Relief staff: How important are the first few paragraphs of your book? Consider this: Each week, hundreds of submissions flood into any...

5 Smart Ways To End Your Book

| Posted 06.25.2014 | Home

By Writer's Relief Staff: Like a great dinner party or once-in-a-lifetime vacation, all good things must come to an end. Hopefully, a really excell...

3 Quick Cures For Writer's Block

Posted 06.11.2014 | Home

By Writer's Relief Staff Sooner or later, every writer comes down with a case of the blahs. Whether it’s just a touch of writing feverishly or a ...

How To Get Your Writing Noticed

| Posted 05.14.2014 | Home

By Writer's Relief Staff: We know that many of you are writers with lots of experience. You already know all the ins and outs of how to write and h...

Why Aren't You Writing?

| Posted 03.05.2014 | Home

By Writer's Relief staff: Time. There never seems to be enough of it, especially if you’re trying to schedule writing time into your already bus...

5 Writing Tips To Help Amp Up Your Prose

| Posted 10.16.2013 | Home

By Writer's Relief staff: All right, so you are trying to break into the ranks of writers with publishing credits and all you want to know is: “...

Author Mailing List Dos And Don'ts

| Posted 09.11.2013 | Home

By Writer's Relief staff: A mailing list can be a powerful tool for reaching out to fans with fresh content and updates on your writing career. But...

25 Tips For Short, Snappy Writing

Posted 08.28.2013 | Home

The following is an excerpt from "How To Write Short" by Roy Peter Clark [Little, Brown, $20.00]. The author explores not only tweets and statuses, bu...

How To Make The Most Of Your Author Website

| Posted 08.07.2013 | Home

From Writer's Relief staff: If you’ve got an author website, you know how important it is to have great text for it—but it’s not going to ho...

WRITERS: How To Use A Pen Name In Your Query Letter

| Posted 06.12.2013 | Home

By Writer's Relief staff: There are a lot of reasons for a writer to have a pen name—from a difficult-to-pronounce (and therefore difficult-to-r...

10 Tips for Writers Reading in Public

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 08.10.2013 | Home
Randy Susan Meyers

Don't fall in love with yourself. It is a rare author who can read from their book for more than 8-10 minutes without engendering a tune-out from the audience.

4 Ways To Beat Writer Self-Sabotage

Posted 12.12.2012 | Home

By Writer's Relief staff: Writers are faced with the task of completing pieces of poetry and prose with not much to guide them but raw talent and ...

Writer Wednesday: 6 Rhyming Styles That Will Amp Up Your Poetry

| Posted 11.14.2012 | Home

From Writer's Relief staff: Many poets begin their early years writing rhyming poetry, which is a great way to get a handle for the rhythmic nature...

3 Essential Elements Of A Book's First Page

| Posted 10.31.2012 | Home

From Writer's Relief staff: If you’re a writer with publishing goals, then you know how important it is that the literary agents or editors read...

How To Protect Yourself From Shady Lit Agents

| Posted 09.19.2012 | Home

From Writer's Relief staff: When approaching literary agents in hopes of securing representation, you’ll want to make sure the agent and/or agenc...

Writer Wednesday: How To Submit To Anthologies

| Posted 08.22.2012 | Home

From Writer's Relief staff: Submitting to anthologies (such as "Chicken Soup for the Soul") is a great way for new writers to break into the indust...

6 Tips For Publishing Your Short Story Collection

| Posted 08.08.2012 | Home

From Writer's Relief staff: The short story is an increasingly popular literary form in today’s market. But when short story writers find themsel...

Writer Wednesday: 8 Mistakes Made When Submitting Stories Online

Posted 07.25.2012 | Home

From Writer's Relief No matter how well you know the Internet, submitting your work to an agent or editor poses a great potential for error. You ...

Writer Wednesday: 7 Tips For Posting Your Writing Online

| Posted 07.11.2012 | Home

From Writer's Relief Are you considering sharing your poems online with your Facebook friends? Making your recent series of short stories viewable ...