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Understanding “The Call”: Perspective from an Author and Agent on Representation

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Author Melody Delgado and her literary agent Cyle Young share their process of finding each other in the slush pile. The post Understanding “The Call”: Perspective from an Author and Agent on Representation appeared first on

8 Tips to Help You Kick Ass in Online Fights

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From flat-earthers and 9-11 truthers to Nazi apologists and people who think not liking what they like makes you Satan, the web is full of folks ready to pick a fight. Here's how to win that fight. Column by Gabino Iglesias You've been there. Show More Summary

10 Things Extroverts Need to Do in Order to Write Well

"Help! I’m A Writer Trapped In An Extrovert’s body!" you might find yourself yelling. If so don't worry, we've got you covered with these tips. The post 10 Things Extroverts Need to Do in Order to Write Well appeared first on

Three Things Nobody Told Me About Having a Children’s Book Published

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Patrick Wensink finally wrote a book you can read with your kids. Barely. Column by Patrick Wensink My publisher was concerned about gorillas taking their clothes off, possibly for money, I think. Stripping gorillas must be a big problem in some parts of the country, because this seemed like a deal-breaker. Show More Summary

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 407

For today’s prompt, write a big event poem. Of course, big event is relative, isn’t it? For instance, the Brewer family had a big event earlier this week when we all traveled out to see the solar eclipse in the totality zone. For someone else, a big event might be a concert, wedding, or trip to the library. Show More Summary

Why I Write Poetry: Sharon Louise Howard

Several weeks ago, I posted about “Why I Write Poetry” and encouraged others to share their thoughts, stories, and experiences for future guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Show More Summary

How I Got My Agent: Lisa Katzenberger

Picture book writer Lisa Katzenberger shares how she found her agent by participating in Twitter pitch contests and parties, including PBParty. The post How I Got My Agent: Lisa Katzenberger appeared first on

This Can't Be: Realism and Genre vs. Reality

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How current trends in realism and genre have failed to prepare us for our disheartening reality. Column by Brian Allen Carr In his seminal story “The Nose,” Nikolai Gogol posits “[s]trange events happen in this world, events which are sometimes entirely improbable.” If you’ve never read “The Nose,” it’s about an official from St. Show More Summary

Last Day of Summer Break

You're a teenager and it's the last day of summer break. This is especially painful for you because, over the course of those summer months, you fell in love for the first time and that person is moving away (and breaking up with you). Write the scene where you say goodbye. The post Last Day of Summer Break appeared first on

Friends, Countrymen, Take Up Your Words!

It’s been a strange August full of strange happenings. It started when I packed up my gypsy wagon once more and moved from Chicago to North Carolina with an unintended pit stop (i.e. dead car battery) beside a nuclear power plant. Did I mention it was the dead of night in West Virginia with everything […]

Storyville: Eight New, Mashed Up Sub-Genres

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Some new hybrid narratives to breathe life into your writing. Column by Richard Thomas So, what are some new kinds of stories you can write—strange hybrids that might stand out from the pack when sending your work out? Let’s take a look. 1) Alternate Reality Speculative Fiction Now, I’m not talking about alternate-reality as far as history. Show More Summary

The Best Agent Advice from the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

Couldn’t make it to the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City this past weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, with some of the best tips on queries, pitching, and general agent advice below. Also, be sure to check out #WDC17 on Twitter for more great writing tips and advice from the conference. Show More Summary

Flog a BookBubber 96: Pamela M. Kelley

Writers, send your prologue/first chapter to FtQ for a “flogging” critique. Email as an attachment. Many of the folks who utilize BookBub are self-published, and because we hear over and over the need for self-published authors to have their work...

Woodshedding for Writers

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

What is woodshedding and how does it work? Column by Peter Derk Woodshedding comes up all the time in interviews with guitar players. Doesn’t matter if it’s Brian Wilson or Mastodon’s Brent Hinds, most every guitar player will talk about this concept. What is it? Picture a young Eddie Van Halen. Show More Summary

The Trouble With Action

I don’t like action scenes. There, I said it. Feels good to get that off of my chest. I’m referring to the ones in books. I mean, I just caught the last episode of Game of Thrones on HBO, and WHOA! Now that was some awesome action. So I suppose action scenes in movies and […]

How To Be A Writer: Traditional Publishing To Indie And Hybrid With John Birmingham

Today I’m talking with Australian author John Birmingham about his journey from the dizzying heights of the traditional publishing scene, to deciding to go indie and hybrid and his insights into how the publishing industry has changed. It’s an honest and really fascinating interview. In the intro, I talk about how we can deal with […]

How a Professional Editor Can Improve Your Writing

Please welcome Jim Dempsey to Writer Unboxed today! Jim is a professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders and works as a book editor at a site called Novel Gazing. In his own words: “I began my professional career as a journalist, working mostly in radio, and then, in the late 1990s, I […]

The Hack’s Guide to Dealing with Book Reviews

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. The whole point of publishing a book is so that others will read it. The problem with people reading your books is that they insist on […]

Weekly Round-Up: Making Plans and Taking Action

Every week our editors publish somewhere between 10 and 15 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place. Show More Summary

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