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Low Riders in Outer Space: Cathy Camper on Graphic Novels, Robert Rodriguez, & Diversity

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Cathy Camper at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books) at one of our favorite book stores, Powell's in Portland, Oregon. As soon as she pitched us her graphic novel, Low Riders in Outer Space," we knew this was a great book waiting to happen.

Should You Write A Book For Your Business? 5 Tips From A Ghostwriter

Greta Perel, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Greta Perel, Ph.D.

Remember that for most business books, the book itself is not going to make you money -- it's the business that it may attract, the professional credibility it will build for you, and the platform it can develop.

Go for It: An Interview With Author Angelic Rodgers

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.28.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

'Ultimately, my advice would be the same for any writers -- write about real characters and interesting plot lines. LGBT readers want representation, not lectures or sob stories (at least not all of the time).'

A Writer's Guide to Being a Writer 6: The Influencer - The Loudest Voice in the Room

Dan Miles | Posted 10.27.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

I like to think everyone has a superpower; a special gift that they're born with; like my friend Chris for instance who can get an entire Satsuma under his foreskin.

A Writer's Guide - Part 5: Why "I'm Just Being Realistic" are the Worst Words in The English Language

Dan Miles | Posted 10.20.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

It's been ten weeks since my novel Filthy Still was released and nine since it went bestseller and I am no closer to figuring out how I managed it than I was eight weeks ago.

7 Cliché College Application Essays You Should Avoid

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 10.18.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

So how do you distinguish yourself from the sea of other applicants in your personal statement? It all starts with the right topic that simultaneously shows your ability to write well while painting a picture of who you are in a simple and authentic fashion.

How To Get Your Work Noticed By Literary Journals

| Posted 10.15.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Like it or not, the process of submitting your writing to literary journals and agents has moved irreversibly into the di...

A Writers Guide to Being a Writer - Part 4 - Welcome to the Fourth Estate

Dan Miles | Posted 10.13.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

Kay, my acid-toned and perpetually vexed marketing guru, claimed this week that her daughter Lily was better at book marketing than I am. Which was a bold claim, considering Lily is two weeks old.

The Biggest Lesson I Learned Writing A Book At 17

Cailin Loesch | Posted 10.13.2014 | Teen
Cailin Loesch

So, yes, my sister and I wrote a book at 17. But I also learned a lesson that will influence every single thing that I will write in the future, and I am sure that it's for the better.

More Bad Advice for Writers!

G. Doucette | Posted 10.09.2014 | Comedy
G. Doucette

If you want to describe something and don't feel like also using your brain, just reach for a cliché instead! It tells the reader, "this part isn't very important, so you only have to give it as much attention as I did when I put these words together," which is helpful!

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love a Mystery

Lee Goodman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Books
Lee Goodman

I never planned to write legal mystery. I'd had in mind something stodgier -- solid stories that could stand on a shelf with all the great works that...

3 Secrets To Writing Great Pop Songs

Larry Dvoskin | Posted 10.07.2014 | Books
Larry Dvoskin

How does one explain a creative process that is unexplainable, and largely intuitive? How does one create original work which is both 'art' and produc...

A Writers Guide to Being a Writer Part 3: Using Social Media, or I'll Like You If You Like Me

Dan Miles | Posted 10.01.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

The problem is we've reached 'Like' saturation. Every time we access social media we're asked to comment, follow, respond, reply, and share. To like is to associate, to comment is to involve ourselves, to share is to take ownership.

This Old-School Grammar Trick Will Make Your Life So Much Easier

| Posted 10.02.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Back in ye olden days (okay, about thirty years ago) elementary school students were taught how to diagram sentences. The...

Want to Be a Children's Author? Here Are Some Tips

Melissa Carter | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
Melissa Carter

As a gay mother I've had to be discerning because many children's books include a mother and father, and have often thought about writing some of my own to reflect his upbringing.

A Writers Guide to Being a Writer Part 2: Networking - The Quiet Art of Making Yourself Sound Awesome Whilst Pretending to Listen to Someone Else

Dan Miles | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

It's not that I don't like talking to people; I was once a stand up comic, so I'm not exactly shy and retiring. It's just that it's so bloody soulless. Frankly I would rather gargle leftover lipo fat than network.

How Writers Can Blog Like Pros

| Posted 09.17.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: In today’s publishing industry, your success as an author can hinge on whether or not you have a Web presence. But what...

Writing Tips from Maui

Brooke Warner | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

I'm in Maui this week -- on a family vacation I've long been anticipating for all the things Hawaii conjures up: relaxation, letting go, even inspiration. But for too-busy people, letting go can be a lot like detoxing, and instead of feeling inspired, I've felt unexpected longings.

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

Dan Miles | Posted 09.18.2014 | Arts
Dan Miles

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

How College Applicants Can Go Beyond 'Show Don't Tell'

Josh Stephens | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Josh Stephens

"Show Don't Tell" has become less a piece of advice and more of a slogan. Students who haven't been taught to think deeply about writing might have heard it and still not know what it means.

6 Pieces of Writing Advice from First Time Writers Over 40

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

If I don't publish X by age 27, I'm finished. As I passed 27, then 37 and finally 40, I began to take a longer view about publishing careers and realized how silly it was to think that authorship possessed some sort of expiration date.

Breaking In: Voice

Karen Dionne | Posted 09.11.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

All agents and editors look for different things in a manuscript. For authors hoping to sell their novel to a major publisher, this variety of tastes and opinions works in their favor: one man's trash is another woman's treasure. But one item comes up over and over again: Voice.

Breaking in: It's All in the Writing

Karen Dionne | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

At its core, a book is not only the vision of its author; it is also a collection of words on a page. By necessity, the arrangement of those words sho...

4 Things You Must Know Before Trying To Publish Your Book

| Posted 09.05.2014 | Books

Not so fast. Getting your work published is a marathon, not a sprint.

Writers Block: The End of Summer Excuses

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

I put aside time this summer to write my book. I had a house on the beach in Rhode Island, and a firm commitment to finish by the end of August.