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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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15 Boardgames to Help Writers



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Don’t Cut the NEA: 20 Ways the Government Spends $150 Million

Donald Trump plans to cut the funding for the NEA, the National Endowment for the Arts.

The budget for the NEA is $150 million annually.

To the average person, $150 million a year sounds like a lot of money. But since $150 million is actually only .006% of the annual budget of the federal government, it’s actually quite small.

Here is a list of some other things the U.S. Government spends $150 million on.

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Why I Chose a Business Conference over a Writing Conference

Why Writers Should Attend Business ConferencesAs a writer, I’ve attended my fair share of writing conferences: AWP (many times), Bookexpo, Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference, and many more.

So this year I decided to attend a business conference instead, and it was a wise decision. I attended the GO Summit by Fastermind, an intimate, 100-person conference, and it was revolutionary.

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How To Create Successful Writing Goals

writing-goalsWelcome to the New Year!

Have you made your writing goals yet?

Writing goals are one of those things most writers either shy away from or slouch into. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Let’s look at 3 typical writing goals, and I’ll show you why they’re bad goals and how you can improve them.

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50 Surprising and Unusual Gifts for Writers (No Coffee Mugs!)

50-gifts-for-writers-saved-for-webLooking for a great gift for a writer in your life?

Look no farther.

This post offers ideas for bookends, writing software, books about how to write, magazine subscriptions, professional editing services and more!

Each category comes with at least 4 or 5 suggestions for gifts for a writer. Enjoy the options, and buy your writer something special.

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22 Tax Deductions for Writers

taxesforwriters-saved-for-webWriters, as a group, are usually bad at taxes. That’s because we’re not numbers people.

But you’ve got to get better at your taxes, because it’s costing you a fortune. Writers pay about 30% of their income for taxes. And that’s after an agent takes 15%, or after several publications don’t pay you for freelance articles, so it’s really hurting your bottom line.

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6 Books That Make You Feel Thankful

books-thankfulnessSo much of our culture stokes our desire and our greed, because that’s what fuels the economy, not thankfulness and gratefulness. 

The books below are defiantly counter-cultural, because they will help you to feel satisfied and whole. Sure, there’s longing and striving inside these books, but I think overall the reader will walk away from these books feeling a strong satisfaction and wellness about the world.

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25 Terrible Ways to Start a Novel

How to start a novelWondering how to start a novel?

Well, avoid these 25 mistakes and you’ll be well on your way.

This list was made in honor of NaNoWriMo, which started yesterday, and I post it as a tribute to all those souls trying to knock out 50,000 words in a mere 30 days. Good luck to all of you.

But if you want more than luck, read these tips for how to start a novel and avoid some frequent pitfalls!

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5 Ways a Developmental Editor Can Help Writers

developmental editorIn the golden days of publishing, every writer got a developmental editor.

Not anymore.

Editors today are inundated with manuscripts and are looking for manuscripts that require little polishing.

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