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One Important Question You May Not Be Asking Your Publicist

One of the things I am most grateful for in my post-writing-life adventure of running a small but busy literary PR agency is the wonderfully talented team that makes it all possible.  Their creativity, insights, storytelling acumen and dedication are a gift to all those who work with them. Today I’m filled with pride and gratitude as […]

Using Physicality to Bring Your Characters (And Your Fiction) to Life

One of the most common challenges writers face in the character development process is conveying their personalities (even those of side characters) in a naturally complex and believable way. Here, Joan Dempsey dives into the heart of...Show More Summary

Meet the Agent: Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Hoffman & Associates LLC

Born in Washington to an Irish family, Claire Anderson-Wheeler spent her formative years in Geneva, Brussels and Dublin, where she earned a law degree from Trinity College. In 2008, after getting her master’s degree in creative writing...Show More Summary

Secrets Of A Seven Figure Non-Fiction Indie Author With Joseph Alexander

The path to successful self-publishing can come in many forms. Joseph Alexander went from teaching guitar in person to writing 40+ books on learning how to play the guitar, scaling his business and reaching a global market, primarily through print books. In today's show, he shares his secrets. In the intro, I mention Amazon KDP's […]

How I Won NaNoWriMo in My First (and Last?) Attempt

Last November I wrote over 50,000 words of a new novel and won my first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Are you on the fence about participating this year? Do you have the same skeptical reaction I did every year? Let this post provide catharsis for your worries and guidance for making a decision on […]

Weekly Round-Up: Writing With Friends

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

Write Like a Girl

My original intention this month was to write about some of the common challenges people have when writing across gender lines—that is, male writers writing female characters and female writers writing male characters. For some people, this comes quite naturally. For others, it seems an almost impossible task—particularly when the character in question is the […]

A Celebration of the Life of Kirk Clawes - October 14th

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Join us to share memories and give Kirk a befitting sendoff. News by Joshua Chaplinsky Friends and family of LitReactor Co-Founder Kirk Clawes, who sadly passed away last week, will be hosting a get-together to say goodbye and celebrate...Show More Summary

13 Tourist Destinations for Horror Lovers

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A list of 13 destinations for fans of the macabre, strange, and creepy. These locations are real – and really disturbing. Column by Annie Neugebauer October is a gorgeous month for traveling! From leaf peeping to camping, it’s probably the nicest time of year to see the sights. Show More Summary

Queer Stereotypes Aren't Just Bad Writing—It Goes Deeper, Says 'Writing The Rainbow' Instructor Nita Tyndall

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Nita Tyndall talks a bit about her upcoming LitReactor class 'Writing the Rainbow', a two-week workshop on how to render honest gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters in your fiction. Column by Nita Tyndall I’ve been reading queer YA since I was in middle school and starved to see myself in stories. Show More Summary


I'm traveling today to the Puget Sound area to teach a workshop at the Write on the Sound conference in Edmonds, WA. It's one of my favorite conferences, small and intimate. The workshop is the killer first page session, also...

Bringing Shape and Color to a Book Cover’s Blank Canvas

Book covers are influential. When I saw Abbie Hoffman’s Steal This Book in the store, I stole it immediately. (Abbie, thank you for not titling your book Eat Your Poop.) I’ve been motivated and moved by cover artistry many times, so much so I’ve paid for books about which I knew little other than their […]

The Pros & Cons of Working with a Small Publisher

As a new author or even if you have one or two books under your self-publishing belt, you may be thinking of entering the traditional publishing arena. I’ve been there and have had my share of rejections from the larger well-known publishing houses. Show More Summary

The Agony & the Ecstasy of the Best-Seller List

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Why did Regnery Publishing quit the New York Times best-seller list? How do best-seller lists work anyway? Column by Stephanie Bonjack Last month, there was a little hullabaloo about a book publisher "quitting" the New York Times Best-Seller list. Show More Summary

Should You Use Rose-Colored Glasses in Fiction?

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Please welcome New York Daily News columnist and novelist Linda Stasi to Writer Unboxed today, to talk about grit and realism in fiction — and the effect of Real Life. More about her: Linda Stasi, the popular columnist for the New York Daily News–her Wednesday and full-page Sunday columns has reached more than 600,000 in a […]

Writing Tips: 9 Steps For Effectively Revising Your Novel

I'm currently in the editing phase of my dark fantasy novel, Map of Shadows, and it's complicated to rework big picture stuff like story structure and character arcs, alongside the weeds of word choice and grammar. But it's this polishing work that helps turn our piles of words into books that others might want to […]

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Melissa Fraterrigo

“7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” (this installment written by Melissa Fraterrigo, author of GLORY DAYS) is a recurring column where writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction, as well as how they...Show More Summary

Flog a BookBubber 106: Mike McCrary

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...

The Art of Collaboration: 10 Tips to Writing Success

How do individual writers, with unique styles and voices, come together to produce a cohesive novel with seamless prose? Here are 10 things you need to know when attempting to write collaboratively. The post The Art of Collaboration: 10 Tips to Writing Success appeared first on

The Top 10 LitReactor Columns of All Time

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LitReactor is officially 6 years old! We celebrate with a collection of our greatest hits. Column by Joshua Chaplinsky On October 1st, 2011, LitReactor was pushed wet and screaming into this world. Like many new parents, Dennis Widmyer and Kirk Clawes had high hopes for their bundle of Internet joy. Show More Summary

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