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Knowing When to Walk Away from a Publishing Deal

Many authors spend years (if not decades) seeking a traditional publishing deal. Unfortunately, when the offer comes, it isn’t always a good one—and knowing when to walk away (and having the strength to do it, despite the steepness of the road) is one of the most important business skills an author can develop. While no […]

New Literary Agent Alert: Amelia Appel of McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

Amelia is looking to represent primarily adult fiction with some YA. For adult, she is most interested in literary fiction, mystery, thriller, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and horror. The post New Literary Agent Alert: Amelia Appel of McIntosh & Otis, Inc. appeared first on

Writing Authentic Settings And Keeping A Series Fresh With Toby Neal

The best way to earn money as an indie fiction author is with a series, but how do you keep that series fresh over the long term? I discuss this topic and the importance of setting with Hawaii-based author, Toby Neal in today’s show. In the introduction, I mention that Sainsburys in the UK has […]

Ten Tips for Writing Through Family Stress

13 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Please welcome Barbara Claypole White as our guest today. A Brit living in North Carolina, Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Her debut novel, The Unfinished Garden, won the 2013 Golden Quill Contest for Best First Book, and The In-Between Hour was chosen by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) […]

33 Grammar Gaffes That Make You Look Dumb

13 hours agoArts / Writing : Write to Done

There’s nothing more embarrassing then when your skirt is rucked up at the back and your panties are showing or your fly is undone – but nobody has the heart to tell you. It’s the same with this collection of 33 grammar whoopsies. They are embarrassing. Show More Summary

Would you Grangerize your books?

14 hours agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Did you know that people used to personalize their books by adding illustrations to them? Sometimes they drew or painted these or pasted in maps, engravings, letters, stamps, autographs or photographs. Just like now, somebody figured out how to monetize...

Announcing a PR Page & Goodreads Giveaway for Author in Progress

14 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Two quick announcements for you: If you’re a book reviewer or blogger who’d like to know more about Author in Progress, you might be interested to know the book has its own Press Release page here on WU. Check it out. And if you’re on Goodreads, enter to win our new giveaway for an early […]

Emotional Truth Revisited

If you were following WriterUnboxed back in 2013, you may have read a version of the column you’re about to read. (If you can remember having read it, you’re better person than I am; I can barely remember what I had for breakfast.) I was reminded of it recently, and inspired to share it again, […]

Contests: A Non-Traditional Route to Publication

Like most unpublished writers, I believed that there were only two paths to getting my words and thoughts before the world’s readers. I could go the traditional route of sending out query letters, and hope my brilliant writing would be plucked from the slush pile on a discerning agent’s desk. Show More Summary

If having your book at the London Book Fair sounds like a great this first

2 days agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Some vanity publishers offer to put your book on display at book fairs, like the London Book Fair, the LA Times Festival of Books, and the Miami Book Fair. Surely the people who organize those events check into the bonafides...

Langston Hughes Is Having a Really Good Fall

How did a Langston Hughes poem get a full page placement in the New York Times yesterday? The team at FishbowlNY offers very thorough analysis as to the origins of yesterday’s reprint of Hughes’s 1926 poem “I, too.” And of course, this follows Wednesday’s happy news that Hughes’s Harlem home will be turned into a […]

Dorothea Lasky, Sarah Ruhl, More Remember Max Ritvo

At Berfrois, several writers, poets, friends, and family remember Max Ritvo (1990-2016), including Dorothea Lasky, Sarah Ruhl, Kaveh Akbar, and Kathleen Ossip. “Part of me finds this very hard to write because I feel Max hasn’t left this world yet,” writes Lasky. More: …He’s still here floating above us (not very far away) making sure […]

LitReactor Community Spotlight: September 2016

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

LitReactor moves the spotlight to some of its great community members and their work. Column by Peter Derk It's been a little while, but the Community Spotlight is back! It's my first time putting the Spotlight together, and just in case it's your first time reading it, let me tell you why this matters. Show More Summary

Literary Hub Mulls Donations, Distribution in the Digital Age

Writer Deirdre Coyles’s chance encounter with Kevin Bertolero at an upstate New York writing conference in 2014 was the beginning of an internet friendship that paved the way for Ghost City Press and even further adventures. More: In the summer of 2014, I met Kevin Bertolero at a writing conference in upstate New York. As […]

Workshops—who needs ‘em?

This summer I had an enlightening time doing my Compelling First Page workshop privately for a group of writers in Portland, Oregon. Instead of a classroom with a time limit, we assembled in a home around the dining table and...

Diminishing Verse: Poetic Form

Here’s a fun form: Diminishing Verse! Diminishing Verse Poems Diminishing verse offers no origin and very few rules, but I enjoyed writing my example below. In fact, the main rule is this: Remove the first letter of end word in previous line. Show More Summary

Party Like It’s 1898!

The day Prince died I had just arrived in San Francisco (fashionably late, of course) for Kuwentuhan (Talkstory), a project conceived and curated by the poet Barbara Jane Reyes, who co-produced it with The Poetry Center.  Wheeling my roller bag into the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, I greeted my fellow Kuwentuhan poets with the news of […]

LURID: Branwell Brontë—Wastrel or Romantic Hero?

2 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Why is Branwell Brontë such a hero to so many? Lurid takes a look at his wasted life, and how his perpetual failure became an integral part of the Brontë mythos. Column by Karina Wilson Branwell Brontë died 168 years ago this weekend, on September 24 th, 1848. Show More Summary

The Hitchhiker

Write a story about three people who are on a road trip together, only to stop off at a gas station and pick up a fourth person whom they don't know. Why did they pick this person up? Where are they taking him/her? What happens? The post The Hitchhiker appeared first on

Entropy Reviews Four 2015 Chapbooks From The Song Cave

Entropy gives The Song Cave some love, with Toby Altman reviewing four chapbooks published in 2015 for “Transitory Poetics: September 2016.” “Edited by Alan Felsenthal and Ben Estes, The Song Cave is a relatively new press. During its short run, though, it has established itself as one of the leading publishers of experimental writing, curating […]

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