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Shifting Gears: Publishing a Book Outside Your Usual Genre

If you’re known for your work in a particular genre, publishing a book that goes in an entirely different direction can be a chore. Here, Tim Wendel offers tips for approaching the challenge. By Tim Wendel I knew I had my work cut out for...

5 Habits to Help You Go from NaNoWriMo to Published Author

by Tina LeCount Myers I used to be someone who lived for summer adventures until I discovered National Novel Writing Month and November’s creative potential. National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo is a free, online annual event that e...

Credit 101: How it Can Help You and Hurt You

Learn how to make credit your BFF instead of your enemy. [embedded content] As students, we’re often bombarded with horror stories about the dangers of debt and (cue spooky voice) “BAD CREDIT.” Well, spoiler alert: Bad credit could cr...

A Beginner’s Guide to Book Trailers: How To Produce a Killer Book Promo Video

By Julia Drake Consider these stats: Video racks up over 22 billion daily views. It increases the organic reach of social media content by over 100%, compared to photos or text. It ranks toward the top of the first page in Google searches, ...

Four Things Students Need to Create Book Trailer Videos

This is an update of a blog post that I published about 16 months ago. The concepts are the same, but some of the resources have been updated.  Creating book trailer videos is a great alternative to a traditional written book report as...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Discusses the Power of Reading, His Writing Process, and His YA Memoir Becoming Kareem

photo credit: Dan Winters For Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball was never enough. Leading New York City’s Power Memorial High to 71 consecutive wins, helping UCLA to an astonishing 88-2 record over three seasons and becoming the NBA’s all...

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...

How Freud’s Fundamental Rule of Psychoanalysis Applies to the Writing Experience

How does Freud’s fundamental rule of psychoanalysis apply to the life of a writer? DeSales Harrison explores how his former training as a psychoanalyst helped him craft his novel—and the writing process in general. The Inexhaustible Wei...

How Young Girls’ and Women’s Issues Have Evolved in Young Adult Literature Today

by Camilla Chance In past ages, humanity has been defective and inefficient because we have been incomplete. This quote comes from my book Melissa and Kasho, “I experienced a flash of insight: surely nature had decreed that mothers would ...

3 Characteristics of “Extraordinary” Heroes, According to Donald Maass

By Dustin Grinnell images from Project Gutenberg’s edition of The Lost World (1912) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Lost World (1912) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is a fantasy-adventure novel filled with danger, mystery and intrigue. The sto...

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