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Show Up for Your Dreams

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 04.03.2015 | Divorce
Elizabeth Denham

Don't be afraid to make adjustments. We all have ideas of what our dreams should look like. Sometimes life takes you down a path that looks different but still takes you where you want to go. Be open to different views of the same dream.

The Savvy Author: What You Really Need to Know to Be Successful

Kristen Houghton | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

What you have to remember is that it isn't you who is being personally rejected. It simply means that a particular agent wasn't interested in what you wrote.

The Secret to Doing What You Love (and Being a Runaway Success at It)

Lisa Mae DeMasi | Posted 03.27.2015 | Women
Lisa Mae DeMasi

Mentors are necessary. Hemingway had Stein, Beethoven had Neefe. The true challenge once you know the secret lies in finding a mentor is how to find that coach who can make your passion work in the world.

My 7-day Cycle for Generating Content That Gets Read and Shared by 30,000+ People/Week

Paul Jarvis | Posted 03.26.2015 | Small Business
Paul Jarvis

I've worked out a fairly straightforward system that lets me focus more on writing and less on how it all works. No step, except for writing and editing, takes more than a few minutes.

Irvine Welsh Talks to The Book Doctors About Writing, America, Rejection and the 'Sex Lives of Siamese Twins'

David Henry Sterry | Posted 03.25.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

This book is very different. First of all, it's set in sun-splashed Miami, where Mr. Welsh currently has one of his residences. It's also written from the perspective of two women. And two women who couldn't be much different from each other. I must confess, I loved this book. I devoured it in a weekend

Writers of Color: Your Voice Matters

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 03.21.2015 | Books
Vanessa Mártir

The only way to uncover your voice is to write and read a lot, then write and read some more. Record yourself telling your stories and transcribe them.

Getting Grammatical: What's the Big Deal With the Passive Voice?

David Kudler | Posted 03.19.2015 | Books
David Kudler

An author I work with recently asked me, "What's the big deal with the passive voice?" My first instinct was to answer, "Well, would that question have made as much sense as 'The big deal with the passive voice is about what?'"

Why You Should Write for Free... and When You Should Stop

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Your free work has provided you with a résumé. List the sites for which you have written and are writing. List any accolades or awards the sites have received; it reflects well for you that you're part of those sites.

The Top 5 Business Writing Mistakes

Dianna Booher | Posted 03.18.2015 | Business
Dianna Booher

With fewer and fewer of us talking and more and more of us writing, it pays to write well and fast. Here's how to avoid some common mistakes as you move from face-to-face and phone conversation to almost exclusively written communication.

Navigating the Bumpy Road to 'Published'

Michelle Kennedy | Posted 03.13.2015 | Books
Michelle Kennedy

I watched live television coverage of the multicar accident for an entire day before recognizing my father's Chevy pickup pinned between two semi trucks. A news reporter at the time, I narrowly avoided being assigned to cover the collision that killed my father.

What Indie Authors Need to Know About Their Manuscripts

IndieReader | Posted 03.12.2015 | Books

Before you have a printed book, you have a manuscript. These are different things, connected but distinct, like a butterfly and a caterpillar. Some indie authors get confused between the two. They have unrealistic expectations of their manuscript.

To Hell With It: Do Give Up Your Day Job!

Nicole Leigh West | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts
Nicole Leigh West

I knew I was already a writer, by the very fact that I wrote stuff. Not everyone does. Not everyone loves to string words together to create a melody of visual images in the mind. My imagination likes to express itself through words and, if you're reading this, perhaps yours does too.

Three Plot Structures Every Storyteller Can Use

Traci L. Slatton | Posted 03.10.2015 | Books
Traci L. Slatton

A novelist's mindfulness consists of pouncing on a moment as a resource for a character, or as a turn in the road on the journey of story, or as an illustration for a thesis.

Broaden Your Writing Horizons to Improve Your Skills

Steven Petite | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Quite often, and probably far too often, aspiring-writers and writers alike, follow the mantra of "write what you know." There are multiple things wrong with that sentence.

10 Tricks to Help Anyone Write a Book

Richie Etwaru | Posted 03.06.2015 | Books
Richie Etwaru

Initially my biggest fear was "would I have enough content?" Trust me when I tell you, most authors suffer from too many words, not too little.

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 04.04.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | Books
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 03.30.2015 | 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...