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Inside Traditional Publishing: Agents and Editors, Working Together

Karen Dionne | Posted 03.02.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Agents lie to editors? I remember thinking. Apparently, some do. Editors know it, and it makes their jobs that much harder.

The Book Doctors Ask Pitchapalooza Winner Judith Fertig: How Did You Get a 2-Book Deal for Your Debut Novel?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Judith Fertig when she won our Kansas City Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books). She was commanding without being overbearing, powerful but warm, a total pro.

What Writers Can Learn From Movie Trailers

| Posted 02.18.2015 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: The lights dim, a hush falls over the audience, and all eyes turn to -- your query letter. Okay, maybe it’s not exactly...

I'm a High School Dropout

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 02.03.2015 | Black Voices
Kimanzi Constable

I was just another statistic. A young black man who dropped out of high school, living on the streets and doing whatever he could to survive.

The Secret to Writing Your Novel in a Weekend

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.05.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

I didn't have time to think of anything or anyone, I just wrote. Was the book any good? Who knows? Who cares? I don't even know where it is now and I've forgotten the title.

13 Tips For Writing A Novel

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 01.30.2015 | Books
Chaker Khazaal

There will be bumps. But you owe it to your characters, your audience, and most of all, yourself, to finish the story.

Jeff Bezos and Amazon: Making Authors' Dreams Come True

Sue Shanahan | Posted 01.30.2015 | Books
Sue Shanahan

As an author who was beginning to wonder if she was washed up, I've found a new day has dawned. No longer am I at the mercy of the powers that be in publishing. I am extremely grateful to Amazon for making it possible for me to share my stories with the world.

10 Simple Ways To Overcome Writer's Block

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 01.29.2015 | Books
Carrie Visintainer

Writer's block is a dreaded malady in the life of many writers. So, what's the best way to overcome it?

What's Your Time Worth as an Author?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.28.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Years ago, a much more experienced writer helped me start thinking about what my time was worth when I was invited to speak somewhere. It's not just the day of the event, she said, if it's only a day.

Ways to Use Your Character as a Setting and Help Build Your Platform

Dorit Sasson | Posted 01.28.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Hope C. Clark's latest mystery, Murder on Edisto, uses setting for depth, and it has become her brand to place fiction in a real place. The locals of...

How Your Body Is a Gateway to Your Creative Expression

Brooke Warner | Posted 01.27.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

Here's something to consider. If you knew your creativity was something inside of you that you could treat, would you do it? If, like chi, it just needed to get unblocked, would you pursue opportunities to make that happen?

Did Hemingway Really Say "Write Your Pants Off!"?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

You'll often read or hear the advice that writing is basically getting to it, sitting down and doing it, or more elegantly that 'The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.'

Killer Queen Chiasmus

Peter Paskale | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Peter Paskale

West was a Queen of the soundbite. She was also a Queen of chiasmus -- a little rhetorical device that adds style to any presentation or piece of writing.

13 Ways to Use a Journal to Grow in Success

Rosella LaFevre | Posted 01.22.2015 | Small Business
Rosella LaFevre

After doing some reading, I became convinced that the key to living that next chapter of my life might be recording this chapter and envisioning the future using pen on paper. Journaling could be the key to progress.

Selling You: Creating a Winning Professional Bio or Blurb

O'Brien Browne | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Keeping these points in mind will make writing your blurb fun and enjoyable because it is about giving to others; and giving is always grander and more joyful than taking - which is exactly the key ingredient that makes up a great blurb.

A Residency of One's Own

Jill Di Donato | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Jill Di Donato

It's exactly when you're feeling depressed about your writing career, or overly anxious to the point where you are doubtful about the work, that you need a residency.

Pen or Computer: Which is Better for Creativity?

Warren Adler | Posted 01.19.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

I must admit that it took a while to get over my fear. When I slowed down or met an obstacle while writing, I wondered whether or not the disruption was due to the new process and the difficulties of having to remember the new strokes on a computer keyboard.

8 Tips to Writing for a Successful Multi-Author Blog

Williesha Morris | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Williesha Morris

Here are steps to determine the ROI of a multi-author blog, as well as warning signs you may be part of the wrong community.

Rejection Is Good For You

Ellen Goodlett | Posted 01.05.2015 | Women
Ellen Goodlett

What I did not realize, as I started down the long hard road to finding an agent and attempting to sell my writing, was how much these rejections would help me in other aspects of my life

New Year's Resolutions? Not for Me, Thanks

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.03.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

I haven't made a New Year's Resolution in many years, because they've always struck me as somewhat desperate. A bit like lines drawn in the sand: bold and dramatic and exciting. That is, until the tide comes in and washes them away.

52 Things Ideas for Writers for 2015

Brooke Warner | Posted 03.01.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

A couple years ago my friends and I made a list of 52 goals we wanted to accomplish, the equivalent of a bucket list for a year's worth of achievable things. Most of them were simple goals, but measurable.

6 Tips for (Really) Finishing Your First Book in 2015

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 02.28.2015 | Books
Carrie Visintainer

It's that time of year for New Year's Resolutions. Maybe one of your big goals is to publish a book. So in 2015, why not commit? Make it a priority and knock out that first novel, memoir, or story collection. Here are six tips for making your book happen this year.

I Don't Need More Inspiration to Write--I Need More Time!

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Writer Dinty Moore recently posted a pithy Jack London quote on his Facebook page: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

3 Lessons I Didn't Know Before Writing My Memoir About Serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF)

Dorit Sasson | Posted 02.26.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Since 2012, my memoir has gone through multiple drafts and I've finally got to the core of the transformation. I'm definitely not the same writer I was going in. Here are three lessons to prove what I've learned so far about the memoir writing process and my story.

How To Finally Finish Your Book In 2015

Grammarly | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books
Grammarly

Holiday parties and preparations occupy your evenings and weekends, leaving you with little time to write, and the new year beckons with promises of a fresh start. In their own words, here are five of our favorite authors on the secrets of their success.