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Take More Useful Notes: Use the Cornell Method

Taking notes in class: this is sort of like the basic survival technique of a student. Small creatures forage for food on the forest floor, hiding it away for the winter. Just like them, students scrounge for knowledge in the vast, complica...

Should Writers Use Social Media?

Should writers use social media? Will avoiding social media spell certain doom for budding writing careers? Or should writers consider keeping their distance from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the like? Full confession: I’ve been usin...

5 Truths About Starting Your Own Self-Publishing Imprint

Book sales and distribution expert Amy Collins shares 5 truths you need to know before starting your own self-publishing imprint. This article was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest as “Clearing ...

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October Short Story Contest is OPEN!!!

Red Herring (4778) “Squad, we have a call from East Linden reporting a 10-16. If there are any patrols in the area please respond.” Peter was trained to come to life at the sound of the staticky voice on the radio. Dispatch said jump, h...

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“The September Gurl” Contemporary YA Query critique

Hello Mx. Dead-ced-dead! here are my notes: Dear Agent, I am seeking representation for my contemporary YA novel, THE SEPTEMBER GURL, which is complete at 72,000 words and draws inspiration from Holly Sale’s GEEK GIRL series and Nick Horn...

Top 10 Movies Every Student Needs To Watch

What movies should you watch as a student?  Films can be a way to channel whatever you’re going through. We watch movies that are about finding ourselves, discovering inspiration or insight into our lives, having a crush on someone, or a...

Building The Yellow House: An Interview With National Book Award Finalist Sarah M. Broom

The newly drained swampland that became New Orleans East touted a promising future when Sarah M. Broom’s mother bought their family’s shotgun house in 1961. “The Yellow House” became home to the family’s 12 children, as well as th...

20 Books About Mental Health for World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is October 10. Here are 20 books, fiction and nonfiction, with mental health as the main subject or playing a background role. Add your recommendations! What many of you don’t know about me (and why would you) is t...

Are You Stressed Out Because Of Academic Burnout?

When you’re juggling a full school load, work, and a social life, academic burnout can take its toll on your wellbeing—especially if you have passion projects and responsibilities on the side. If you are unable to say “no” to things...

100 Common Publishing Terms

Here’s a list of 100 common publishing terms and their definitions, including the meanings of ARC, high concept, simultaneous submissions, and so much more. While we try to explain them as we go, we often drop common publishing terms on t...

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