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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?

The Top 10 Tough-Love Writer’s Tips

The Top 10 Tough-Love Writer’s Tips

Author Lisa de Nikolits wants you to write your book, not manifest it. Here are her ten tough love tips for writers that she's learned after publishing ten novels in ten years.
6 Ways Being A Journalist Can Make You A Better Creative Writer

6 Ways Being A Journalist Can Make You A Better Creative Writer

Journalists & creative writers both witness change in the world, and invite us to think critically about how people navigate those joys & challenges.
5 Questions To Ask Before You Write Your Non-Fiction Book

5 Questions To Ask Before You Write Your Non-Fiction Book

Starting to write a non-fiction book? Make sure you've answered these five questions first. 

 

How To Pitch To Online Magazines

How To Pitch To Online Magazines

How can you gain more confidence to pitch to an online magazine and increase your chances of hearing back? Learn the do’s and don’ts of cold-pitching.

How To Write Historical Fiction

How To Write Historical Fiction

So you’ve decided to write a historical fiction novel. You enjoy writing, and you adore history, so combining your two loves is a natural step. But before you take that leap into the past, there are a few things you might want to think about.
7 Ways Visual Art Can Help You Write Better Flash Fiction

7 Ways Visual Art Can Help You Write Better Flash Fiction

Writing in response to visual art is one of the most powerful creative and literary tools you can have in your arsenal. It’s called ekphrastic writing, and is a very effective teacher.

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 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 [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!
2 Ways To Improve Your Non-Fiction Articles Immediately

2 Ways To Improve Your Non-Fiction Articles Immediately

Hearing internet crickets days after publishing an article you thought would engage your readers hurts deeply. Here's how to boost your engagement.