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
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 […]
“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 […]
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
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
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 […]
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 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."...
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; […]
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, […]
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 […]
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
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 WritersDigest.com.
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
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 […]
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...
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 […]
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, […]
‘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
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