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Read This Before You Sign a Publishing Deal

Read This Before You Sign a Publishing Deal

So you finally got a contract. What does it mean? It was given to you by industry professionals. A thousand other writers have signed this same contract, so it must be safe, right. Wrong.

The Top 10 Tips For Dealing With Criticism Like A Pro

The Top 10 Tips For Dealing With Criticism Like A Pro

Red pens are the stuff of nightmares. But receiving constructive criticism in a healthy way is as important to a writer’s career as, well, knowing how to write.
The Top 10 Mistakes Authors Make When Querying

The Top 10 Mistakes Authors Make When Querying

So you’ve finished that manuscript you’ve been working on for years, and now you’re ready to query. Before you fire off those amazing query letters, don’t do some of these things...

The Top 10 Tips For Writing Great Short Stories

The Top 10 Tips For Writing Great Short Stories

Not every writer has the passion and time to write a novel. Or maybe you do write novels but want to try something different. If so, writing short stories might be for you.
The Ultimate Guide To Writing YA Fiction [2020]

The Ultimate Guide To Writing YA Fiction [2020]

This is a comprehensive guide to writing young adult (YA) fiction, designed to help you form your thoughts into a shape that will hook your readers and keep them flipping the page!
How NOT To Query

How NOT To Query

Guest post by author @StephanJHahn. I am no expert in the art of the query letter. In fact, I’m deep in the trenches of a war that I don’t even w...
Rejecting Rejection

Rejecting Rejection

Guest post by author Samantha Dodd. Twitter: @authordodd So you’ve finally finished your manuscript, poured your time, energy, heart, and soul int...
[UPDATED] Online Writers’ Conferences you can Attend in a Pandemic

[UPDATED] Online Writers’ Conferences you can Attend in a Pandemic

Guest post by author Phoebe Yu. Twitter: @writersdayjobs. Updated August 28, 2020. As schools and businesses shutter amidst the COVID-19 pandemic...
3 Ways Successful Writers Show Up For Themselves

3 Ways Successful Writers Show Up For Themselves

Guest post by Jordin James. Twitter: @justjordinjames "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the grea...
Plotting & Pantsing: The Hybrid Method of Writing

Plotting & Pantsing: The Hybrid Method of Writing

Guest post by author Cal P. Logan. Twitter: @CalPLogan I’ve noticed something funny on Twitter recently—the plotter vs pantser debate ha...
Short Stories: An Interview with Novelist Dennis Bock

Short Stories: An Interview with Novelist Dennis Bock

This article appears in Vol I., Issue III of Raconteur Literary Magazine, our in-house LitMag (available December 2019). Interviewed by Tevis Shko...
How Much Character Development is Too Much?

How Much Character Development is Too Much?

Guest post by author Chase Connor Writers should develop characters like they do their relationships. We meet a coworker, a new friend, a romanti...