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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.
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.
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?

How To Write A Non-Fiction Book In 60 Days

How To Write A Non-Fiction Book In 60 Days

Writing a book can feel overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be. You can write a solid first draft of a non-fiction book in 60 days. Here's how.

Why Most Writers Give Up & How To Persist To Publication

Why Most Writers Give Up & How To Persist To Publication

The road to becoming a successful, or even satisfied, writer can be a long one, but it doesn't have to be unenjoyable. Here's why most writers stress out about their craft and what to do about it.

Get Paid to Write for Magazines (Interview)

Get Paid to Write for Magazines (Interview)

How can you pitch magazines to start earning a living from writing? How do you build your author platform and embrace rejection? Find out in this new interview with freelancer Mike Pietrzak.
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 Ultimate Guide To Writing YA Fiction [2021]

The Ultimate Guide To Writing YA Fiction [2021]

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 to Query 101

How to Query 101

I doubt anything induces anxiety for writers more than querying. Let’s face it, writing and editing are much more rewarding...

5 Self-Editing Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs

5 Self-Editing Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs

You’ve finally written the last page of your book. The murderer’s revealed, the lovers united, etc.—time to crack open the bubbly, right? Not quite.