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12 Fantastic Writing Retreats in Latin America (plus the Caribbean!)

If you are at all like me, you fantasize about leaving it all behind–the job, the husband and kids, the yappy dog. Not for good, no, that’s a different post. Just for a week, maybe two, to go to a writing retreat.

You dream of traveling to a far away, preferably warm, but maybe not-so-warm (this is your make-believe moment, too) place where you can while away the days at a beautiful beach or curb-side cafe, writing your forthcoming novel.

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I Edited 61 Books This Year. Here’s What I Learned

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.

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My 5 Favorite Books About Writing (Read Them Now!)

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!).

An Editor’s Advice for Submission Success

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!

How Smart Authors Do Social Media

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.

5 Daily Activities Every Writer Should Do

Hi Bookfoxers,

Hope you enjoy this little video about 5 daily activities for writers.

Also, I’ve started a Youtube channel for writers. Please subscribe!

7 Self-Publishing Success Stories You Haven’t Heard

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.

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9 Genius Methods for Writing a Great Scene (Plus a Bonus Idea)

How to Write a SceneIf 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.

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20 Strategies to Write Your Novel’s First Paragraph

I looked at the first paragraphs of more than 1,000 novels to make this list.

The first paragraphs below are the ones that shocked, surprised, and delighted me. The paragraphs that made me want to read the rest of the book, the paragraphs so memorable that I would dream about them.

Writers, learn from these first paragraphs. When you’re revising the first paragraph of your novel, or preparing to start a novel, do yourself a favor and read through every single one of these. They will radically improve the start of your book.

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How to Find a Literary Agent (8 Crucial Steps with Real Stories)

How to Find a Literary AgentThere are lots of articles with practical tips on how to find a literary agent.

  • Make sure your manuscript is great.
  • 9 Tips on how to write a cover letter.
  • Research an agent to find out who they represent.

You’ve probably heard most of those before. But what I’m going to give you is much more than a checklist.

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