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How to Sell Fiction in a Cutthroat Publishing World

Kelli Stuart | Posted 05.17.2016 | Home
Kelli Stuart

I considered throwing in the towel. I thought about self-publishing, just sharing the book with family and close friends. I thought about patting myself on the back for a valiant effort, then moving on. But I couldn't.

No Offense: Why Not to Fear the Politically Correct Reader

William Kenower | Posted 05.12.2016 | Home
William Kenower

I'm going to begin this essay by breaking creative writing's most fundamental rule. I'm going to tell and not show. Here goes: It doesn't matter what anyone thinks about you. It only matters what you think about you.

Joe Seldner, Content Creator, Businessman, Entrepreneur. For Him, Life After 60 Holds Many Opportunities

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.05.2016 | Fifty
Steve Mariotti

When I realized my lifelong dream to move to Princeton, NJ two years ago, I expected to meet new people and make a few friends. I also knew I wanted t...

Do You Call Yourself a Writer?

Henrietta M Ross | Posted 05.04.2016 | Arts
Henrietta M Ross

My partner has often debated with me whether I should be referring to myself as a writer; he thinks I should be and that there is nothing for me to be questioning, whilst I think I shouldn't and feel mildly arrogant about presenting myself as such.

Why Quitting Writing Was the Best Thing That Happened to Me

Lisa Kerr | Posted 05.02.2016 | Women
Lisa Kerr

Quitting gave me what I needed to feel healthy again; it gave me the distance from what (and who) was unhealthy for me. I needed to enjoy writing again without the self-imposed pressure to publish with a leading agent.

How to Read a Publication Like Your Future Editor Wants You To

Rebecca L. Weber | Posted 04.29.2016 | Home
Rebecca L. Weber

Not sure why your story ideas aren't selling? If you ask an editor for advice on the best way for a freelance writer to break in to his or her publication, they often have the same response: "Read it first."

When the World Doesn't Care, Make Your Art Anyway

Kevin Kleitches | Posted 04.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Kevin Kleitches

The other night I went to bed earlier than normal. I wanted to wake up at least two hours before work so I could write this very post. Once I publis...

My Brief Brush With Energetic Millennials

Andrea Pflaumer | Posted 04.26.2016 | Fifty
Andrea Pflaumer

I am a writer. Writers love invisibility. In fact, most creative people thrive on it -- and isolation. So last year when, at the urging of a young friend, I chose more visibility and found myself at a marketing event, surrounded by hundreds of Millennials, I felt as though I had been ripped out of my comfy womb.

Colm Tóibín on Writing

Louisiana Channel | Posted 04.21.2016 | Home
Louisiana Channel

The award-winning Irish writer Colm Tóibín here shares his meticulous approach to writing, and how a novel can begin with - and build on - just one ...

Music and Magic: Katie Haverly and Ariana Brown at the Tucson Poetry Festival

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 04.20.2016 | Arts
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

The final event of last weekend's Tucson Poetry Festival was a reading by five poets that was so deep that the folks who witnessed it probably woke up...

The Truth About Self Publishing

Quora | Posted 04.20.2016 | Home

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Notes From a Dive Bar -- The Lonely Whisky

Alan Black | Posted 04.19.2016 | San Francisco
Alan Black

For a while, I've been noticing this shot of whisky abandoned on the bar. A napkin covers the rim, a message printed upon it. Call me! Then, a number...

Because of Kate DiCamillo ... the Literary World is a Better Place

Cristy Bertini | Posted 04.19.2016 | Home
Cristy Bertini

Kate DiCamillo has a knack for building captivating stories around spirited, unforgettable characters, such as the tenacious Despereaux Tilling and th...

Books Opened the Doors of the World to Me

Vyjay Rao | Posted 04.18.2016 | Travel
Vyjay Rao

Years ago, much, much before the travel bug ensnared me in its magical web, I had already begun my voyages around the world on the wings of my imagina...

Beyond The Water Crisis: The Flint That Accepted Me as a Nigerian Immigrant Outsider

Ayodele Alli | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics
Ayodele Alli

The Flint that raised me is a city of legacy, the birthplace of the United Auto Workers and the first headquarters of General Motors (GM). The Flint that raised me was/is a dichotomy, like so many of us, going through life with a mesh of our best and worst qualities.

The Best Way To Start Blogging

Quora | Posted 04.12.2016 | Business

How do I start a blog and what are the best blogging platforms available? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Answer by ...

6 Artists on Black Identity

Louisiana Channel | Posted 04.05.2016 | Black Voices
Louisiana Channel

"Where am I in this story?" Watch artists such as Wangechi Mutu, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o and Chimamanda Adichie discuss how black people are (mis-)represented in today's society and culture.

How to Be Friends WIth a Writer

Amy Koko | Posted 03.30.2016 | Home
Amy Koko

Here is my guide for us writers who are fighting the fight and don't want to answer any questions right now about our baby.

Actor, Writer, Producer Zoe Lister-Jones Gives Advice On How To Become A Television Writer

Quora | Posted 03.29.2016 | Entertainment

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

Unblocking Writer's Block: 10 Ways to Free Your Mind

Angela Tung | Posted 03.28.2016 | Arts
Angela Tung

A 1940s study found four different types of blocked writers: those who were anxious, those who took their anger out on others, those who were apathetic, and those who were hostile and disappointed.

How Freelancers Can Find Ideal Clients With a Welcome Packet

Nia Hughes | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business
Nia Hughes

I've learned so many lessons as a freelancer. One of the biggest challenges was setting boundaries and managing expectations with clients. I was so focused on the grind coming out of the gate that I had no idea I needed a welcome packet.

Adam Afara: International Event Planner and Wedding Designer

Madinah James | Posted 03.25.2016 | Weddings
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Madinah James

Afara is a talented designer who specializes in wedding planning and creating imaginative sets, private party set ups, and innovative décor for several corporate events.

If You Can, You Must: Creating Diversity in the Arts

Karen Musey | Posted 03.21.2017 | Arts
Karen Musey

Diversity is the hot topic in the performing arts world right now. From film to stage, there are calls for creating equal opportunity for employment, and for new stories and perspectives to be told. J


Rob J. Quinn | Posted 03.20.2017 | Impact
Rob J. Quinn

I never thought I would be so anxious to have my voice heard. If I could change only one thing about my cerebral palsy, it would be the affect it has...

Tips to Becoming a Better Writer  --  From a Terrible Writer

Tom Ayling | Posted 03.18.2017 | Home
Tom Ayling

I was a certified bad writer. I even had documentation to prove it. Literally, legal documentation was ordered to confirm how terrible my skills were, I suppose, just in case anyone challenged this truth.