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Successful Queries: Gia Cribbs & The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan

This article is part of a series called Successful Queries. It features actual query letter examples to literary agents that were successful for authors. In addition to the successful query letter, you’ll also see the thoughts from the w...

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Fiction with real serial killers?

Dave, I think this is risky on the face of it, but the problems go deeper than what you are explaining. When including Peter Tobin in your work, are you assigning him certain nefarious actions, or are you just “including” ...

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How do I write a poem?

@8Bit Bob I know I’m a little late to the party here, but I saw your comment, and I want to respectfully share my opinion and argument on this subject. I actually have to agree more with @OB1 on this, although I don’t really disagree wi...

Sitting Up With Tom Wolfe — A 1974 Interview

This extensive interview with author and journalist Tom Wolfe, who passed away on May 14, 2018, appeared in Writer’s Digest in 1974, shortly before the publication of Wolfe’s iconic book The Right Stuff. Interview by Joe David Bellam...

Comedy Writers and Satirists of the #MeToo Movement

In this second installment in a series about the impact of the #MeToo movement on how and what women write, Leigh Anne Jasheway focuses on women who write and publish comedy and satire. Read the first installment here. There’s a rule in c...

Spotlight on MG and YA Fiction: Agents Answer Burning Questions About Today’s Industry Trends

We asked middle-grade and YA fiction agents from our roundup to weigh in on some of the most popular genres they represent—talking trends, common weaknesses, series potential and more. Here’s how to stand out in middle-grade & young...

PR for Poets: And How Can I Promote My Book if I’m an Introvert?

Today’s guest post from Jeannine Hall Gailey shares her tips on PR for Poets, including tips for introverts to promote books. As Jeannine writes, “The internet has actually made the world much easier for introverts, and book marketing i...

Inside the Mind of a Villain: 8 Journeys and Motives Behind Evildoers, Antiheroes & Antagonists

By Dustin Grinnell Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him. —Fyodor Dostoyevsky Whenever we learn of an unspeakable crime, an incomprehensible act, there are questions. Chief amon...

How To Deal With Your First B

When I was in high school, I was a straight-A student. I’m sure a lot of you were too. Maybe you said things like “I didn’t study for that test, and I still got 92%.” If you did, you were a lot like seventeen-year-old me. Now, my Gr...

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