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Breaking In: Making Your Story Impossible to Put Down

Karen Dionne | Posted 08.27.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

What makes a story impossible to put down? Faculty members of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat offer their best advice to aspiring writers.

Why You're Probably Not Famous Enough to Land a Book Deal

Brooke Warner | Posted 08.07.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

The hard truth is that most of us do not have that shiny quality that agents and editors are looking for. And it's not your fault if you don't. That allure is something that generally takes years to build and grow.

I Wrote an Amazon Bestseller in a Week

John Blumenthal | Posted 08.30.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

I wrote a book last week. I've never written a book before but so what? They're just words on a computer screen, right? I've written stuff before -- ...

What the Amazon vs. Hachette Debate Ignores: Independent Authors

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 08.08.2014 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

It's a fascinating debate, a fascinating time, one that mirrors much of what's already happened in the music industry, in journalism, art and photography; even online news aggregation. And, as in all revolutionary movements, the paradigm is shifting, to use a weary phrase.

How to Fulfill Your Destiny

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

But each of us is given a unique thread, a point-of-view, a message to contribute to the story of humankind. Somewhere deep down, we know what it is, but we sell out for one reason or another.

Jane Yolen, America's Hans Christian Anderson, on Rejection, Reading Out Loud & the Keys to Writing Great Books for Kids

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

One of the great things about attending a great writer's conference is that you get to bask in the glow, and imbibe the wisdom of, great writers.

The Literary Road Show: Giving Writers Feedback and Support, not Statistics and Hype

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Bernard Starr

What authors and wannabee authors crave is feedback on their manuscripts and proposals from publishing professionals -- mainly literary agents and editors.

What Compels an Agent to Sign an Author? Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part III of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

"The reality is, it's a brave new world of publishing, and agents are only one part of it."

Indie Authors Seeking an Agent: Take Note! Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part II of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

"If a book has 250 reviews with 4 and 5 stars, and 70,000 in sales, this author has a lot of promise." -- Michelle Brower If you're an Indie author l...

So, You Want to Publish Your Book?

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
Carlota Zimmerman

You wrote a book, and you want the world to read it. Thus, here's some ideas for how you can publish your own work, and start designing opportunities for yourself in the literary world.

The Author Success Story Behind ABC's Resurrection: Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part I of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.07.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

What began as an interview with literary agents Jeff Kleinman, Founding Partner, and Michelle Brower, Senior Vice President, of Folio Literary Management turned into enough material for a three part Q&A series on what agents really want from authors.

Why I Love Query Rejections

A.J. Walkley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Books
A.J. Walkley

The rejections are a learning opportunity. A rejection tells me that this particular agent is not the right fit for my work; he or she will not be the best advocate and is not the partner I need in this next chapter of my writing career.

The Success Story of a Failed Novelist

Nina Badzin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Nina Badzin

Those novels were not meant to be. Those agents weren't meant to be. That's not the kind of writing I want to do anymore.

Did Someone Say 'Classic'? Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Could Not Be Published Today

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Peter Mandel

You may know that Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Geisel. But bet you didn't know this: The Cat in the Hat could not be published today. Repeat: It couldn't make the cut.

Why I Write For Free

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

Sure it would be great if we could pick a day where each town crier would climb to the top of a mountain and yell, "Henceforth, no more free words!" But in the real world, it's just not going to work.

Booking Bad: Dying Author Has Difficult Conversation With Literary Agent

Linda Howard Urbach | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Linda Howard Urbach

It had been two and a half years since I received his last report. I didn't want to bug him, but my time is very short. I desperately needed a sale.

Writing Taboo

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Strauss

While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.

Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions

Heather Hummel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

The reason for rejections typically comes down to a few key issues. Follow these solutions, and my bet is doors will start opening.

Queen for a Day: Surviving Blogher

William Dameron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
William Dameron

My plan for the conference was simple. I would casually bump into a literary agent who would immediately recognize me and sign me up on the spot.

Where You Live Might Change Your Writing Career

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.28.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Writers and other publishing types love to give new writers advice about how to be successful. But there's one subject they never mention: location.

My Writing Journey to Publishing Continues, Part 5

Carol Hoenig | Posted 10.12.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

I will always remember that day, not only because of that validating review, but that was the very same day that my job, along with several of my peers, was eliminated at Borders Books.

My Writing Journey Toward Publishing Continues, Part 4

Carol Hoenig | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Recently, I picked up a journal I had begun keeping when I committed to this writing thing and came across this entry from years ago: I had a twinge of uneasiness tonight in regards to Place of Angels. What if I can't sell this one, either? Then what?

What Makes a Character 'Midwestern?'

Nina Badzin | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Nina Badzin

"Southern" conjures up certain images and characteristics in my mind. Same goes for the West Coast, Upper Northwest, Southwest, New York, and New England. But what about the Midwest? What does it mean to be Midwestern?

WRITER WEDNESDAY: Tips For Dealing With Literary Agents

| Posted 05.15.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: If you’ve sent your query to a handful of literary agents and one comes back asking you for an exclusive, don’t get n...

10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author That I Learned the Hard Way

Deborah Plummer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Books
Deborah Plummer

I have been blessed to be a published author both by the traditional process and I have self-published where I managed every aspect of the process. From both processes, here is what I have learned.