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5 Self-Editing Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs

5 Self-Editing Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs

  Guest post by Reedsy writer Desiree Villena You’ve finally written the last page of your book. The murderer’s revealed, the lovers united, etc.—t...
The 4 Stages of Editing a Book [Explained!]

The 4 Stages of Editing a Book [Explained!]

Guest post by professional editor Jessica De Bruyn. @true_imaginary A note from So You Want to Write... "Write drunk, edit sober" —Peter De Vri...
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...
How To Up Your Writing Confidence, Score an Agent, and Get Published

How To Up Your Writing Confidence, Score an Agent, and Get Published

Guest post by author @misplacedcomma2. Are you a writer? When you answer that question do you look at people in the eye and say it with gusto? Or ...
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...
The Mindful Writer & the Desire To Publish (by Author Alisha Sevigny)

The Mindful Writer & the Desire To Publish (by Author Alisha Sevigny)

By author Alisha Sevigny, one of our in-house expertsOriginally published at open-book.ca I try to write about things that writers might find us...
The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Literary Agent [2020]

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Literary Agent [2020]

This is a comprehensive guide to finding and signing a deal with a literary agent for your novel or non-fiction book, so you can launch your writi...
How to Write an Effective Query Letter [Part 2]

How to Write an Effective Query Letter [Part 2]

A literary agent is a critical ally in your mission to write a great book and get it published.  To find a literary agent, you'll need to send hi...
How to Write an Effective Query Letter [Part 1]

How to Write an Effective Query Letter [Part 1]

A literary agent is a critical ally in your mission to write a great book and get it published.  To find a literary agent, you'll need to send him...
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...