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How To Make Your Readers Believe the Unbelievable (Or, The Importance of Facts in Fiction)

Please welcome Colleen Oakley as our guest today! Colleen’s debut novel Before I Go was a People Best New Book Pick, an Us Weekly “Must” Pick, a Publisher’s Lunch Buzz Book, a Library Journal Big Fiction Debut, and an Indie Next List Pick. Formerly the senior editor of Marie Claire and editor-in-chief of Women’s Health […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Last (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Last Starfighter,” “Last Unicorn,” “Last Day of Summer,” “Last Cookie in the Cookie Jar,” and so on. Show More Summary

Weekly Round-Up: Just Keep 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

9 Tips for Writers from The Outsiders Author S.E. Hinton

Fifty year ago, S.E. Hinton’s classic The Outsiders hit bookshelves for the first time. Today, it still continues to inspire readers. In this article, Writer’s Digest pulled 9 writing tips from a 2000 interview with the author. The post 9 Tips for Writers from The Outsiders Author S.E. Hinton appeared first on

A Community of Debut Authors Unite to Help Each Other

Please welcome Kate Brandes as our guest today! An environmental scientist with over 20 years of experience, Kate is also a watercolor painter and a writer of women’s fiction with an environmental bent. Her short stories have been published in The Binnacle, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Grey Sparrow Journal. Kate is a member of the […]

How to Use Gumroad To Create Multiple Streams Of Income From Your Book

A truly independent author does not rely on one product, one retailer, or one stream of income.  Because what if that one stream dries up?  That’s why I emphasize the importance of developing multiple streams of income for author-entrepreneurs. Direct sales from your website are one possibility, and although I personally choose to use, […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

For today’s prompt, write a fable poem. A fable is a story that conveys a moral, usually told with animal characters. Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to be a chore–something that should be done after the excitement of composing the first draft. Show More Summary

Taking the Mystery Out of Writing History

Let me just say that I offer these tips on writing historical fiction from my own limited experience.  Doubtless there are other more serious writers out there who will glance over my measly list and scoff at its inadequacy—“Where is...Show More Summary

10 New Female Authors That Should Be On Your Radar

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

With so much going on in publishing, it's easy to lose track of what's new. Here are some outstanding female authors that should be on your radar. Column by Gabino Iglesias A ton of books are published every day, and many of them are by women. Show More Summary

Flogometer 1019 for Christian—are you compelled to turn the page?

Submissions sought.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 that this is entirely subjective. Note:...

Bustle on Why Brains Love Poetry

Not only is reading poetry good for your brain, as Bustle reports, but it appears that our brains are in fact “wired” to enjoy poetry whether or not we understand the verse. “Groundbreaking research from the University of Exeter in 2013 revealed something pretty spectacular: there are major commonalities between the way our brains process […]

Oni Press 20 Years Later: 'Blue Monday' and the Pros and Cons of Colorizing Black and White Comic Books

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A look back at the early days of Oni Press and the republishing of 'Blue Monday' at Image Comics in color. Column by Bart Bishop Oni Press is an independent comic book publishing company formed in 1997. It made a name for itself in the...Show More Summary

Jen Bervin’s Research in China Leads to ‘Su Hui’s Reversible Poem’

Jen Bervin spoke in March at the 2017 Shanghai Literary Festival about her work on Su Hui’s Xuanji Tu, “[o]ne of the earliest extant poems by a woman—also among the most complex and unsung, [which] takes the form of a 29 x 29 character grid, embroidered or woven in five colors in silk, written in […]

How an Antihero Learns to Die: Living as Poet and Librarian

Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Alison C. Rollins’s poems “The Beastangel” and “What the Lyric Be” appear in the April 2017 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on the Editors’ Blog. As I work on my first manuscript I am keenly aware of the sort of […]

When Publishing People Can’t Write

Query Their Skill Sets It’s something of a “quiet provocation” I bring to you today—a point that lies deep within the industry: A lot of professional publishing people couldn’t write their way through a two-sentence blurb if their P&Ls depended on it. Don’t worry, no names will appear here, I’m on a bloodless warpath. But I […]

2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

For today’s prompt, pick an object (any object), make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: “Toothbrush,” “Rake,” “Pilot G2 Premium Gel Roller Pen,” or any number of other objective titles. Show More Summary

What I Learned Being Mandy De Sandra

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

How I became Mandy De Sandra and what I learned from writing Bizarro Erotica under a pen name. Column by Christoph Paul About 3 and a half years ago, two college students started churning out kindle singles about women having sex with dinosaurs. Show More Summary

7 Things To Do When You Want to Give Up (Instead of Giving Up)

There are a lot of challenges and rewards to being an author, and one of the greatest (and sometimes brutal) challenges is getting published. I think we’ve all seen people magically picked up by publishers out of nowhere, but my experience is that they usually know someone in the business. Show More Summary

How to Embrace Your Strengths—and Flaws—to Find Your Writing Voice

Agents and editors often say they’re looking for a fresh writing voice. But what does voice mean? In this post from romance author Natalie Charles, you’ll learn to accept your strengths—and weaknesses—in order to embrace and discover your authentic voice. The post How to Embrace Your Strengths—and Flaws—to Find Your Writing Voice appeared first on

How to Stop Yourself from Obsessing Over Duplicating Writing Success

After a few bylines, successful queries, or even a book contract, it can be easy to assume that success will come simply by duplicating your efforts. Instead, the exact opposite may be true: Writers must treat each work as separate, and stop trying too hard. The post How to Stop Yourself from Obsessing Over Duplicating Writing Success appeared first on

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