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When Should You Settle For Your Second-Choice Literary Agent?

| Posted 12.24.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: So you’ve written a (stupendous) novel and you’ve submitted queries to multiple literary agents. Now all you have to ...

The Nine of 2014

Glenn Rockowitz | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Glenn Rockowitz

I watched nine people die this year. Nine people who weren't news stories or dots connected by degrees of separation. Nine people who weren't just friends of friends of friends. They were people I loved.

6 Ways to Get Your Partner to Share the Chores

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 12.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

When dating and living apart, there's a safe place to retreat to during times of stress. When living together, though, things that were once a non-issue are now front and center and the basics of living are now under scrutiny as compatibility is further tested by the new living arrangement.

How To Listen Like A Pro

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Rather than thinking about a response, try to understand what they're going through at an emotional level. For example, if a friend tells you about losing a job, think about their situation and how it might impact them, not how you would feel if you were in their situation.

Top 3 Reasons Authors Should Be Blogging NOW

Dorit Sasson | Posted 12.05.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

I'm getting a ton of email and messages through the social media channels asking me to pre-order or buy their book. Many times I don't know who these people are and I'm often annoyed by these pesky messages.

Ryan Kristobak

Author's 'Regret' Just Might Break Your Heart

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the last we heard from Author -- Trevor Bartlett (vocals/guitar), Cameron Bartlett (drums/vocals), Nate Washburn (bass)...

7 Ways To Cope With Disappointment

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

It's easy to stay mired in disappointment given that the emotion is so palpable. Try to step back by imagining the events playing out on a movie screen.

Why Do So Many Writers Say Writing Torments Them?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.13.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

When writers complain about writing, their audience really ends up being other writers, and many of us think, "If it makes you so damned miserable, just get another job already."

Self-Publishing and the DIY Doom

Gordy Grundy | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Gordy Grundy

Publishing a book is a wild tangle of creative, legal and business decisions. Many things are ideal to DIY; heart surgery, nuclear fusion and self-publishing are not among them.

8 Signs You're Addicted to Shopping

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Although not formally recognized by the medical establishment, compulsive shopping can be a big problem and it's one that is on the rise in my practice.

A Wedding Thriller

Linda Fairstein | Posted 10.31.2014 | Weddings
Linda Fairstein

I met Mike Goldberg the first day of law school at the University of Virginia in September, 1969. By virtue of the alphabet, the F's and G's were separated into a small section for one of our subjects.

Book of Jewels...

Craig Stewart | Posted 12.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

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Maintaining an Entrepreneurial Spirit in the C-Suite

Jeffrey Hayzlett | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Hayzlett

Adapt, change, or die. No one knows this statement to be true more than the executive teams in the c-suite. They know that when companies stop adapting or changing - they die.

Going Against the Flow: Vivienne Harr of Make a Stand

Charu Sharma | Posted 12.20.2014 | Technology
Charu Sharma

When Vivienne Harr, Chief Inspiration Officer at Stand, was eight years old, she saw a photo of two boys, her age, from Nepal living in modern-day slavery. She said: "Compassion is not compassion without action."

Things I Learned About Using Social Media to Build an Author's Platform

Dorit Sasson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

To figure out how much "power" social media carries as a platform, I felt called to participate in a blog challenge where I posted every day for the entire month of September.

When Your Intuition Is Right

Jane Green | Posted 11.30.2014 | Books
Jane Green

The wonderful thing about being a writer is that everything that happens is grist to the mill.

When Reader Inspires Author

Melody Moezzi | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Melody Moezzi

While the vast majority of the messages I receive from readers are not of this venomous variety, most aren't pure expressions of admiration or gratitude either. At first glance, they may appear to be fan letters, but they aren't -- because they're not from fans.

What to Do When Your Manager Steals Your Ideas

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

This quandary is a tough situation as you're trying simultaneously to protect your hard work, maintain your job, and not upset the person who oversees your work. Knowing though how to strike a balance among honesty, diplomacy, and directness is crucial in dealing with this issue.

A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer: Part 1

Dan Miles | Posted 11.15.2014 | Arts
Dan Miles

Writers live a solitary existence, much like a tiger, but at least tigers get to meet other tigers during mating season.

Light and Shade: Celebrating Tolstoy's 186th

Lauren Daley | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Lauren Daley

I'm a newspaper book columnist -- was an English major! -- and yet shamefully realized last summer at age 31 that'd I'd never read "Anna Karenina."

How to Bring the Sex Back to Your Sex Life

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 11.08.2014 | Style
Jonathan Alpert

So next time you think your love life is boring, rather than accepting the status quo, take responsibility and ask yourself, "What can I do to make it better?"

8 Ways to Bust Your Stress NOW!

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Next time you feel stressed, will you let it get the best of you or will you focus on what you can actually control? Take charge by stepping back and reaching into your bag of stress-busting tips. Your life will be better!

Q&A With Author Darcie Chan

Heather Hummel | Posted 10.26.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

Set in the fictional sleepy town of Mill River, Vermont both novels portray the deep complexities of its small town characters and their bigger than life problems.

The Purge Isn't Just a Movie When You're Unarmed and Black

Christopher Norris | Posted 10.26.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday fear for their lives, despite them doing nothing wrong, my advice to you is stop leaving the house unarmed. Arm yourself with knowledge of the system, civics and politics

This Is How To Make The Most Of Any Weekend

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 10.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Actually give it a rest. Make a decision on Friday evening to turn off your work mode. Imagine you're stepping out of the work version of you and into the lighthearted weekend version of yourself. Be okay relaxing, guilt-free.