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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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4 Tips For Hiring a Ghostwriter and 7 Dangers to Avoid

Memoir GhostwriterIf you have an interesting story to tell, but lack the time or the desire to write it, there’s a simple solution: hire a ghostwriter.

So many people live fascinating lives, accumulating stories that would awe and fascinate readers, but yet they don’t feel comfortable doing all the writing.

Look, writing isn’t easy. Even the best writers will admit this. For instance, James Patterson doesn’t really write his own books anymore. So get some help.

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Publishing the Debut Novel: An Interview with Lindsey Lee Johnson

Lindsey Lee Johnson, The Most Dangerous Place on EarthIf you want to learn how to publish your first novel, and if you want to pick up some key writing tips along the way, keep reading.

This is an interview with Lindsey Lee Johnson, whose debut novel The Most Dangerous Place on Earth is getting rave reviews from the likes of:

What is the most dangerous place on earth, you ask? Spoiler alert: It’s high school.

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