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Adult Coloring Books: The Great Mystery

2 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Adult coloring books rode into town on a white stallion in 2015 and have been flourishing ever since. Why?? Column by Stephanie Bonjack Adult coloring books simultaneously fill me with curiosity and snark. What is this strange, veryShow More Summary

Flog a BookBubber 114: Katy Munger

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...

Will you lend a hand?

If you feel you benefit from my blog, please do me the favor of taking a couple of minutes to watch the video below. Then, whether you want to visit the Kickstarter page or not, please pass this link to...

The Birth of Jace Salome

7 hours agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Barker sets his protagonist down in a world peppered predominantly with men; men who bulge with maleness and refuse to stop spraying their eau de testosterone everywhere. Column by Trey R. Barker …[Jace]…looked at the cells. Fifty cells on the bottom tier, fifty cells on the top tier. Show More Summary

New Literary Agent Alert: Rachel Horowitz of The Bent Agency

Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Rachel Horowitz of The Bent Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Rachel:...Show More Summary

Selling Sprawl: The Case for Expansive Storytelling

11 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Geeks are rejoicing! In fact, a weeklong epic fantasy geek-gasm is ongoing even as I type this essay. But if you’re not one of us, you probably haven’t noticed. That’s because we epic fantasy geeks aren’t really the party-in-the-streets sort of revelers. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 20

13 hours agoWriting / Poetry : Poetic Asides

Suddenly, we’re two-thirds of the way through this month and challenge. For those of us still poeming, let’s rock these final 10 days! For today’s prompt, write a “what I learned” poem. Funny thing about being human is that we’re constantly...Show More Summary

Publishing in 2027. Blockchain And Global Mobile Internet With Emmanuel Nataf

It is the best time in history to be an author! We have everything we need as indie authors to run a digital, global, location-independent, scalable publishing business from a laptop. So what's coming next? In today's show, I discuss the potential changes coming to publishing and to society in the next 10 years with […]

Reading the World: Translation Is Rising

Where Politics Can’t Stop Us A funny thing happened on the way to isolationism. Some in the business believe there’s new interest in work from other languages. I’m hopeful that some of what’s lost in the dynamics of vulgar nationalism can be found in translation. Threatened with the un-American idea that we shouldn’t have people […]

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write an abundant poem. There are so many instances of abundance in the world: Abundant sunshine; abundant happiness; abundant evil; and in November, abundant poetry! Master Poetic Forms! Learn how to write sestina,...Show More Summary

The Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide: 30+ Gifts for Writers

From books, socks, tech, games and knicknacks to services and videos, this guide offers a compendium of creative experiences, learning tools and gifts for writers of every genre and persuasion. The post The Writer’s Digest Holiday Gift Guide: 30+ Gifts for Writers appeared first on

Weekly Round-Up: Pathways, Publicity, and Poetry

Every week our editors publish around 10 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

Motivate Yourself with Ten Tips on Self-Motivating Yourself

  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. Whether you’re working on a short story, charging through NaNoWriMo, or writing the very article you are reading right now (that one only applies to […]

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

Last night, I asked people on Facebook to share songs for writers, including songs about writing, that make literary references, etc. Not related to today’s prompt, but be sure to share with your poems below if you have a favorite or two. Show More Summary

'Discovery' vs. 'The Orville': Who Treks Better?

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A comparative look at the two new shows trying to carry on the Star Trek legacy. Column by BH Shepherd It’s been a long time since Star Trek was on television—over a decade since the finale of Enterprise. The JJ Abrams trilogy was a fun distraction, but barely substantial enough to qualify as a footnote in the rich history of the franchise. Show More Summary

12 "Boring" Books That Are Way Better Than They Should Be

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Since when is boring such a bad thing? Column by Peter Derk “Boring” is almost always bad. Who wants a boring movie? A boring piece of art on the wall? But sometimes boring is alright. Better than alright. I live in Colorado, land of the craft beer. Show More Summary

Partner with Your Publicist: Why You Need Literary Publicity

Every author wants his or her book to be a success. Dreams of best-seller lists, grand book tours with sold out speaking engagements, and that coveted interview with Oprah, luxuriate in the backs (and often fronts) of many the writerly mind. Show More Summary

(Too) Close Third Person

I recently received a critique of a work in progress that suggested I alter the point of view (POV) from distant third person to close third person. It was good advice, but it meant facing another rewrite of what I thought was a completed manuscript. I told myself I could do it—after all, it would […]

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

I know for poets in the States that we’re getting super close to turkey time; I hope everyone is able to keep poeming through the crazy holiday week. If not, be sure to catch up as you’re able. For today’s prompt, write a “what I meant to say” poem. Show More Summary

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 16

Day 16! It’s all down hill from here. For today’s prompt, write a poem to the world. Maybe all of your poems are already directed at the world, but for me, this is a first person poem directed at a group of people–maybe everyone in the world, but maybe a certain group of people you know. Show More Summary

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