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How to Hook Your Reader: A Psychologist's Advice

How to Hook Your Reader: A Psychologist's Advice

This advice from psychologists will help you capture your reader's attention right from the start.
Nailing Writing Assignments: Tips From A Teen Author 

Nailing Writing Assignments: Tips From A Teen Author 

Writing tips from 14-year-old author, Risha Chaurasia.
Why Great Stories Need ‘Flawed’ Characters

Why Great Stories Need ‘Flawed’ Characters

All great stories have a main character that is deeply flawed, and that's why we can relate—we're all flawed!
6 Ingredients Editors Are Looking For in Your Short Stories

6 Ingredients Editors Are Looking For in Your Short Stories

What do magazine editors want in your short stories? We asked a literary journal editor to find out!
6 Ideas for Marketing Your Book on the Cheap

6 Ideas for Marketing Your Book on the Cheap

If your goal is also to sell books once they’re published, then you need to make time for marketing.
11 Short Story Forms to Expand Your Writing Practice

11 Short Story Forms to Expand Your Writing Practice

Has your writing become predictable? You can flex your creativity muscles with these short story forms. 

4 Simple Writing Rules That Will Give You an Edge

4 Simple Writing Rules That Will Give You an Edge

This 4-step guide for every piece of writing will help you develop a writing routine and drive you towards writing success.
Writing Historical Horror: Being a Servant to Two Masters

Writing Historical Horror: Being a Servant to Two Masters

You can never do too much research, but you CAN put too much of it into your story.
A Realistic Guide to Indie Publishing

A Realistic Guide to Indie Publishing

Fasten your seatbelt and author Julee Balko will tell you why she decided to go with an independent publisher.
Writer Tips with Senior Literary Agent Jessica Reino

Writer Tips with Senior Literary Agent Jessica Reino

In this video we sat down with literary agent, author, and former editor/author coach Jessica Reino to ask our most burning writer questions.
10 Young Adult (YA) Agents and What They're Looking For Right Now

10 Young Adult (YA) Agents and What They're Looking For Right Now

YA continues to explode in popularity, which is great news for those writing for that audience. Here are 10 literary agents looking for the next great YA book.
Publishing: Traditional vs. Hybrid vs. Self

Publishing: Traditional vs. Hybrid vs. Self

You’ve finished your manuscript, done several rounds of editing, and sent it out to beta readers. Congratulations! What do you do next?