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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!

30 Best Small and Indie Literary Publishers

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. 

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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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40 Romance Publishers Who Want Your Novel

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!

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30 Young Adult Publishers Eager for Your Book

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.

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