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What to Do (And Not Do) After Attending a Writer’s Conference

Everyone can tell you how to prepare for a conference–how to pitch, how to schmooze, what to wear and what to say. But no one tells you what you should be doing after the conference is over, and how to enhance and get the most out of your experience there. Show More Summary

Hir a Thoddaid: Poetic Form

Last week, we looked at ottava rima. This week, let’s tackle hir a thoddaid. Hir a Thoddaid Poems Some of you may have already guessed, but the hir a thoddaid is a Welsh form. They’ve got the coolest names, right? And this form is like other Welsh forms in regards to a slight variation in line length and some complexity in the rhyme scheme. Show More Summary

New Yorker Introduces Readers to Claudia Rankine’s Racial Imaginary Institute

Although Claudia Rankine, the author of ground-breaking collection Citizen, explains to the New Yorker’s Lauretta Charlton that her newest project, the Racial Imaginary Institute, has been in the works prior to Trump’s ascension to the White House and is not response to his ideologies: “it does aim to look at the ways our lives are […]

On (a) Space, Listening, & (a) Friendship

I don’t remember ever being introduced to the poet Matt Longabucco, nor do I remember the first time we hung out together. I want to have an amazing anecdote about the story of our friendship, but maybe it is just this—one day he wasn’t in my life and the next day he was. I always […]

A Look at Jean Genet’s 1970 May Day Speech

Today we’ll get things rolling with a healthy and helpful perspective from one of our favorite writers, the poet, novelist, and playwright Jean Genet—always words to fortify! At Hyperallergic, Tim Keane leads in with “Jean Genet’s Answer to Donald Trump,” beginning with a line from Genet’s 1970 speech at Yale University, “What is still called […]

Flog a BookBubber 58: Danielle Stewart

Writers, send your prologue/first chapter to FtQ for a “flogging” critique. None in the queue. 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...

9 Gothic Novels Less than 40 Years Old

8 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Gothic fiction may be a genre born of tradition, but these 9 atmospheric novels aren’t even over the hill! Column by Annie Neugebauer When people think of the gothic novel, they think old. (Here’s a great starter list by LitReactor’s...Show More Summary

A Look Into ‘I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson’

At the New York Times Holland Cotter surveys “I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson,” an exhibition of Emily Dickinson relics that opened last week at the Morgan Library and Museum and runs until May 21st. Cotter begins the article with a quote from Susan Howe, who contributed to the […]

Creating Your Book Talk

11 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

With my third book, The Fifth Petal, coming out tomorrow, I’ve finally put the finishing touches on my  elevator pitch. I come from a marketing background, so you’d think it would have been the first thing I’d do, but, for each of my books, there could have been at least 5 different quick pitches: some […]

Meet the Agent: Paul Lucas, Janklow & Nesbit Associates

Paul Lucas came to Janklow & Nesbit in 2007 not as an agent, but as a paralegal who’d been working in the corporate division of a large law firm. A longtime book lover, he soon gave up legal texts for queried manuscripts, officially donning the agent hat at Janklow in 2011. Show More Summary

The Mastery Journal And How to Self-Publish Premium Print Products with John Lee Dumas

Some of the most popular print products and merchandise are not books filled with the words of the author, but journals waiting to be filled. In today’s interview, I find out how John Lee Dumas made $400k by self-publishing a premium print notebook, including the print and distribution services he used. John also shares how […]

How to Keep Readers Happy When Your Character’s Unlikeable

Please welcome Holly Brown as our guest today. Holly is the author of Don’t Try to Find Me, A Necessary End, and—just this month!—This is Not Over. In addition to being a novelist, she is also (in no particular order): a wife, mother, marriage and family therapist, poker enthusiast, resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, member of […]

Take Five: Brunonia Barry and The Fifth Petal

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to New York Times bestselling author and regular Writer Unboxed contributor Brunonia Barry’s latest novel. The Fifth Petal will make its debut on January 24th. Brunonia’s novel is already making waves. It is a January 2017 Library Reads Selection, a February 2017 Indie Next Pick, and made Boston Magazine’s […]

Weekly Round-Up: Characters and Collections

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

5 Biggest Mistakes of First-time Children’s Authors

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. Writing for children seems like it would be easy, right? WRONG! Kids are smart readers, and you’d best not waste a single word when writing a […]

Brandon Shimoda Delivers Talk on Japanese Internment for Inauguration Day

For Inauguration Day, Brandon Shimoda delivered a talk at the Holocaust History Center at the Jewish History Museum, in Tucson, Arizona; and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop has published it. Titled “State of Erasure: Arizona’s Place, and the Place of Arizona, in the Mass Incarceration of Japanese Americans,” this piece (Shimoda’s first public presentation in […]

San Francisco ‘City Arts and Lectures’ Honors Beat Poet Gary Snyder

Sean Elder of Lion’s Roar (“Buddhist Wisdom for Our Time”) spent time with famed poet Gary Snyder on the eve of his recent appearance at San Francisco’s City Arts and Lectures series, held at the Nourse Theater. The event, which took place in tandem with the release of Snyder’s new (and, as Elder emphasizes, possibly […]

Top Ten Novels about Cold Weather

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Wind. Snow. Ice. Sometimes these things can be boring, but sometimes they can be crucial to a story. Here are the ten books that deal with them the best. Column by Gabino Iglesias Okay, so maybe the title of his article is a tad clickbaity. Show More Summary

7 Highly Anticipated Book Adaptations of 2017

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Why read the book when you can just watch the movie, right? [ducks tomato] Column by Max Booth III There are many book adaptations coming out this year, and not all of them look very good. Here are seven that I will definitely check out. ... [Continue Reading]

It’s Not Unusual: Trump Falls Into Republican Trend, Lacks Inaugural Poet

According to the Atlantic, Donald Trump (for a so-called outsider) isn’t breaking party lines when it comes to poetry. The newly-minted President hasn’t invited a poet to speak at his inauguration, like all of the Republicans who came before. Atlantic’s Spencer Kornhaber writes, “The lack of poetry may seem like a break with precedent, or […]

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