As a full time editor, I read and gave feedback on 61 books this year. For those of you who wonder how this is possible, for most books I am not copyediting them, only (only!) giving feedback about every part of the fictional world — plot, characters, dialogue, beginnings/endings, themes, structure, metaphors, etc.
I’m basically a story doctor, helping writers tell better stories.
No, I’m not picking Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style” or Stephen King’s “On Writing” because those are just too popular.
My 5 books are a bit off the beaten path, but they are brilliant books that will inspire you to write, and help you create a writing life for the long term (and be successful!).
I loved my time as guest editor for Press 53’s Prime Number Magazine, and wanted to pass on a few tips to writers trying to break into literary journals. I got hundreds of submissions and had to pick carefully to select only the top 3, and here’s my best advice on how to get your next acceptance!
Listen up! This video tells you how to choose a social media platform, how to automate your social media to draw readers, when you should start your social media outreach, and what sort of content to offer.
Hope you enjoy this little video about 5 daily activities for writers.
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You think you want a Big Five publisher, but are you sure?
Many established writers prefer to go with small and indie publishers, because they’re looking for a long-lasting partnership and more individual attention.
Many of the small publishers below focus on literary fiction, but there are some for nonfiction and poetry as well.
You’ve considered self-publishing, but you have your doubts.
Here are stories from people who became wildly successful: they got their book in the hands of thousands of readers and made a bucketload of money.
And all without waiting for years and wading through mounds of rejection from traditional publishers.
Learn from how these 7 writers got movie deals, quit their day jobs, and gained tens of thousands of readers.
Many publishers want stories with romance in them, but what about publishers who specifically want romance novels?
All of the 40 publishers below are looking for romance, and some of them accept only romance novels/novellas (of varying heat levels).
Some of them even vary by romance sub-genres—and no, not just erotica—so you can personalize your submission options even more.
Good luck finding a place for your romance novel or novella!
Below you’ll find a list of 30 YA publishers that will provide you all the information you need to get your novel or nonfiction book published.
The best part? For the vast majority of these publishers, you don’t even need an agent. You can send your manuscript directly to them.
Sending out manuscripts can be scary, especially because so many publishers exist. Hopefully this list will help narrow your search and give you a better chance at finding a good fit for your YA book.
If you can write a great scene, you can write a great book.
Fiction is built of scenes. You could argue that it’s built of sentences, but I’ve seen plenty of excellent sentence writers who fail to provide the reader a compelling reason to read those sentences.
This post is going to teach you 7 strategies for how to write a compelling scene, and by the time you’re done, you’ll have a much better concept of how to enthrall the reader.