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Tech and Product Round-up: February Edition

1 hour agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

There are a slew of new app and online-based publishers churning out interesting and original content. Let's take a look at three. Column by Christopher Shultz artwork by Mark Weaver via Serial Box Publishing Welcome to the FebruaryShow More Summary

With Arts in State of Anxiety, Dana Gioia Insists Federal Government Support the NEA

Dana Gioia gets straight to the point in an op-ed for the LA Times: “No American president — Republican or Democrat — has ever tried to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts. … Even Ronald Reagan was a supporter.” More: Both the Heritage Foundation and the Republican Study Committee have long been obsessed with […]

The Significance of Small Gestures

4 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

“Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another will help lighten the burdens of the world. Anything. You have no idea what the simplest word, the tiniest generosity can set in motion.”—Clarissa Pinkola Estes, from her essay, We Were Made For These Times (quoted throughout the post.) Do you remember why […]

Weekly Round-Up: Respect and Romance in Writing

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

New Literary Agent Alert: Amanda Ayers Barnett of Donaghy Literary

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Amanda Ayers Barnett of Donaghy Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About...Show More Summary

Find And Serve Your Niche For Long Term Success With Chris Brogan

This is one of those landmark interviews for me because Chris Brogan was one of the first people I followed online. His book, Trust Agents, shaped the way I run my business, and his video on the 10-year overnight success helped me through difficult times. So I’m thrilled to have Chris on the show today. In […]

The Comprehensive Post-Draft Game Plan For Your Novel

13 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer's Edit

So you've finally finished that difficult first draft. Congratulations! Writing an entire novel is a massive undertaking, and you've done super well to make it this far. As you know, though, the hard work doesn't end here. There's still a lot to do before your novel is actually finished. Show More Summary

The problem with easy solutions (in this case, for depression)

13 hours agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The Daily Mail and other publications have reported on a study of depression and saying 'thank you'. The Mail article starts: "It is only two small words. But saying 'thank you' to others could be the key to beating depression."...

The Importance of the Adversarial Ally

Jeanne Cavelos was a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, where she ran the fantasy, science fiction, and horror programs and won the World Fantasy Award for her work. Jeanne left publishing to write and to work with writers in a more meaningful way. Her seven books include the best-selling Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy; […]

How to Sign Books Like a Big-shot Author

Let’s talk about your authorial autograph. You’re gonna sign a lot of books on your way to the bestseller list. But you can’t just sign your name like you do on personal checks and contracts, unless you want to be picking up a lot of your readers’ bar tabs. (If I catch you doing this, […]

Writing Tips: 7 Steps to Deal with Overwriting

I love being a writer because there is always more to learn about the craft. And even if you do know something already, it never hurts to revisit the basics.  Today, Charlie Wilson from The Book Specialist gives us some tips on avoiding overwriting. Whether you’re an aspiring fiction author or a seasoned novelist, overwriting is […]

Editors of Anthology Call for Revolution in Poetry

Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris excerpt their introduction to Best American Experimental Poetry 2016 (Wesleyan) at Literary Hub. An excerpt in the form of a renovation, a “revolution.” “It’s not just that we need a revolution inShow More Summary

Manuscript Rejection Feedback: 3 Critiques to Heed (and 2 to Ignore)

If your head is spinning from the manuscript rejection feedback you’re receiving while on submission, you’re not alone. Let us help you translate it. The post Manuscript Rejection Feedback: 3 Critiques to Heed (and 2 to Ignore) appeared first on

John Sibley Williams: Poet Interview

Please join me in welcoming John Sibley Williams to the Poetic Asides blog! John Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. Show More Summary

Nikki Giovanni Visits UW-Madison

Lucky students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison spoke with poet and educator Nikki Giovanni as part of the campus Multicultural Center’s Black History Month festivities. Giovanni, an award-winning poet known for her activism, visited students to discuss racism, self-love, and the history of civil rights in America. From the U of W’s Badger Herald: As […]

Flogometer 1009 for Ela—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions sought. There’s naught in the queue. Get fresh eyes on your opening page. Submission directions below. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels me to turn to the next page? Caveat: Please keep in mind...

From the Archives: The New York Times Sheds Light on a Rather Poetic 1859 ‘Diamond Wedding’

Your attention, please. The New York Times’s Wedding section is pulling from the archives to tell the stories of fabulously decadent and horrifically ill-fated romantic partnerships of the past 165 years. Recently, Times staffer Rick Rojas re-lived a controversial 1859 wedding, Miss Frances Amelia Bartlett, 18, to Señor Don Esteban Santa Cruz de Oviedo, 55 […]

Canadian Professor Discovers Footage of Marcel Proust!

Did you hear that Marcel Proust exists in video now? At The Guardian, Kim Willshire tells us of Canadian professor Jean-Pierre Sirois-Trahan, whose believes a film he discovered at Centre National du Cinéma in Paris could contain the only known footage of the author. Sirois-Trahan says the film is of the marriage of Élaine Greffulhe, […]

“Global Empathy”: The Case for Literary Fiction in Troubled Times

‘Get the Message Across More Forcefully’ Last week’s AWP conference—the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (February 8-11)—was the usual sea of campus-based students and faculty members, university presses, plus assorted services for publishers and authors. Show More Summary

10 Film Scores to Listen to While Writing

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Screw you, silence! Column by Max Booth III Silence is the enemy. When I write, I need sound in the background otherwise my brain starts cracking. I’m unable to focus on just one thing at a time. My best bursts of creative energy happen when multiple things are going on at once. Show More Summary

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