CharacterDevelopment How to Write Naming Your Cool Characters
A fully loaded primer on how to develop your characters, including 6 tricks and 9 questions. Do you pay enough attention to your minor characters? This essay teaches you how to create memorable secondary characters.  Ideas for how to name your characters, with plenty of examples to spark the imagination.
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If you can answer these questions about your character, then you have developed a real person on the page. Aren’t you tired of the same old boring character descriptions of hair and eye color? Spice it up.

Short Stories:

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Supercharge your imagination with these 72 short story ideas. If you’re just starting to experiment with short stories, check out this helpful guide with 9 easy steps.
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Find a publisher for your short story collection. Only have a single short story? Check out the rankings. Bookfox offers professional advice on your short story. Find out what I can do for you.

Social Media for Writers:

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Facebook groups provide community and advice. Join these groups today. 14 podcasts essential for every writer’s journey. Don’t let your commutes be filled with news. Pinterest for writers! Check out the top 20 Pinterest boards aimed at helping writers.

Writing Prompts:

10 different posts of writing prompts, from story generators to musical prompts.


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Literary Magazines ranked by how often they have appeared in the Best American Short Stories. Poetry journals ranked by how often they’ve appeared in the Best American Poetry. Nonfiction magazines ranked by how often they’ve appeared in Best American Essays. Travel Magazines ranked by how often they’ve appeared in Best American Travel Essays.


Writing Advice:

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This isn’t advice you’ve heard before. These 10 career mistakes are likely things you’re doing right now. Don’t feel the pressure to write every day. You can be just as productive through binge writing. When you get out of a creative writing MFA, it’s time to act. Don’t make the most common mistakes.



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  • Noelle Carle / July 13, 2017 at 10:00 am Reply

    Hello. I seem to recall an article about children’s book publishers, with a ranking or a list of those looking for books, but now I can’t seem to find it. Am I crazy? After reading it, I submitted one of my books to Arthur Levine, last August, which was just rejected 🙁 Anyway, I’m sure I found that info from one of your articles…didn’t I?

  • Cat Brennan / October 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm Reply

    I’m looking for your list of 50 Writerly Exercises, please>

  • AmieAnn / March 2, 2018 at 8:03 pm Reply

    Hello! I believe I saw an article about how to fix writer’s block? I’ve searched the website but can’t find it.

  • Susan / June 5, 2018 at 6:13 pm Reply

    Dear John: (Kidding 🙂 ).
    I have a creative non-fiction 12,697 +/- words that I will appreciate you editing. I think it’s done. My opinion is that it is ‘story’ driven, not ‘character’ driven but what do I know? :). You will see when you read it. Needs your professional input. It might become part of an anthology since it’s not manuscript length. But then I’m new at this sort of writing so really don’t know where to go from here. I have about 55 – 70 stories. Probably some anthologies. I so excited.

    Let me know. And thanks again. Susan G.

    • Bookfox / June 5, 2018 at 7:35 pm Reply

      I emailed you!

  • Teenaged Author / November 14, 2018 at 6:42 am Reply

    I am a teenaged writer looking for writing opportunities. I know that my books aren’t good enough to be published. I am just looking for what a person like me, a young author, could do to fine tune my writing skills, and how to stay with just one story. I absolutely love writing, I just don’t know if I can afford to have my books edited, and/or if my books are even good enough.

    Thank you for your time. -a young author

  • Mopileola Amusu / January 31, 2019 at 4:34 am Reply

    I saw a post from you on what parts of an unpublished book to send a literary agent, but can’t seem to find it again!!! Help!!!

    • Bookfox / February 1, 2019 at 6:12 am Reply

      Usually you just send the beginning. That’s what all agents want. Sometimes they specifically request the first 10,000 words or the first chapter.

  • Danielle / February 26, 2019 at 1:29 pm Reply

    Hello! I’ve been working on a children’s book for almost a year now, and I’m feeling pretty stuck. Stumbled upon your site and I think I would benefit from the two weeks course you offer, but I wanted to ask if the content expires? I have two kids, life is hectic, and I just want to make sure I know what I’m getting into before I purchase. Thank you!

  • Michael Gerstein / August 29, 2019 at 12:04 am Reply

    I am on your mailing list. This morning, your name hit me like a blazing sunrise. I have two poetry books just published.
    [ Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Xlibris ] But struggling with ‘About Author’ and’ About Book’ sections of Submission Information Form for 3rd book. I want to make it different to books 1 & 2, so that this time the words grab, hook potential customer’s attention and arouses their interest. Do you advise on this? If so, is it free advice? If not, how much?

    • Bookfox / August 29, 2019 at 7:11 am Reply

      Hi Michael, if you’re looking for an editor, I have an excellent poetry editor here at Bookfox.

      If you’re looking for an About author and about book help, I would probably charge short story prices.

      Normally I help authors with this after I edit their books.

  • Steve / August 29, 2019 at 4:08 pm Reply

    Is it standard for a publisher to charge a “Typesetting Fee” for a book? I have an offer, but am concerned because the publisher led with this piece of information.

    • Bookfox / August 31, 2019 at 8:37 pm Reply

      That sounds like a self-publishing company to me. Traditional publishing companies don’t charge you anything.

      • Steve / September 4, 2019 at 10:46 am

        Sounded fishy to me too. It’s a publisher called Wipf & Stock. Thanks for the advice.

  • Stephanie / October 13, 2019 at 6:46 am Reply

    Hi John,
    I have a question, do you offer query letter writing services? Or query letter editing services because I am stuck.

    • Bookfox / October 13, 2019 at 7:06 am Reply

      Emailed you.

  • Kabian / October 25, 2019 at 8:15 am Reply

    Hi John,
    I have several stories and novels that i have written but don’t know where to start with trying to get them published. I have let some of my colleagues and family members read these stories and they believe its as good as some of the greats like King, Rice, etc. i would really like to get them published either as a series of short stories or as stand alone novels. where would I start.

  • heath romine / January 6, 2020 at 11:31 am Reply

    I have written and illustrated a children’s book/ ya book, but looking up info on steps on how to publish is confusing.
    A step by step for someone like myself that has never been through the process would be nice. Is there any thing that dumbs down the process to make it easier to comprehend? Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

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