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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...

Online Writers’ Conferences you can Attend in a Pandemic

Online Writers’ Conferences you can Attend in a Pandemic
Guest post by author Phoebe Yu. Twitter: @writersdayjobs. As schools and businesses shutter amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us are practici...

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...

The Submission Package: Your One Chance to Impress

The Submission Package: Your One Chance to Impress
By Jessica De Bruyn, Professional Editor The scariest time to be a writer is when you’re sending your work out into the world for the first time...

9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Editor (by a Professional Editor)

9 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Editor (by a Professional Editor)
By Jessica De Bruyn, Professional Editor As an editor, one of the most common questions I get is, “When should I hire an editor?” This is not a q...

An Interview with Literary Agent & YA/Kidlit Expert Ali McDonald

An Interview with Literary Agent & YA/Kidlit Expert Ali McDonald
For this post we interviewed literary agent Ali McDonald. She’s the lead agent specializing in YA (Young Adult) and children’s literature at lite...

The Top 10 YA Tropes & How to Avoid Them

The Top 10 YA Tropes & How to Avoid Them
  No time to read this article? Download it as a PDF checklist! Download this Checklist! By Michael Pietrzak The Young Adult (YA) ge...