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Case Study: How Self-Publishing Led Author Jonathan French to Hybrid Success

Jonathan French’s approach to self-publishing played an important role in how editors and agents perceived his book, and persuaded French to reevaluate his perspective on how authors can, and should, break into print. author photo credit:...

5 Lessons Studying Sleight-of-Hand Can Teach You About Writing Suspense

by Michael Kardos Ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved magic. The first Broadway show I ever saw, at age seven, was The Magic Show starring the great Doug Henning. In eighth grade, I started studying sleight-of-hand with a teacher at...

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...

[Breaking News] Canada is Getting its First-Ever Law Course About Cannabis

This just in. The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law is launching two courses on cannabis law. The Canadian cannabis scene is changing, and one school is trying to lead the way. If you or your parents can see past years of stigmatization a...

2018 April PAD Challenge: Day 4

We’re now 4 days into this challenge, which means we’re developing a routine. Let’s keep the momentum going. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Case (blank);” replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the ti...

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Ranting, rambling, and hopefully some progress…

I’ve decided to keep working on the current chapter, because the scenes I’m currently writing won’t be affected much by any of the changes I’m planning to make. But after that I’ll have to focus on research and...

Writing Sequels: 7 Rules for Writing Second Installments

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Writer’s Digest magazine. Check out the latest issue here or subscribe. Your first book was well received—hooray! But how can you ensure success when writing sequels? These 7 secrets will ...

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OK to exclude scene disasters and tension buildup for cozy mysteries?

I don’t read cosy mysteries really, so my opinion is not so informed. However, I do enjoy watching a good mystery or reading a crime novel. Have you read Agatha Christie, since you reference her? How did she break up her books and dev...

The WD Interview: Bestseller Jacqueline Woodson on Confronting Controversial Subjects & Writing Across Age Categories

In this exclusive extended interview with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jacqueline Woodson, the Newbery Honored author talks character building, diversity movements, and the real-world importance of books for kids and...

Writing for Magazines: How to Land a Magazine Assignment

Kerrie Flanagan, author of the brand-new, comprehensive Guide to Magazine Article Writing, shares her best tips for writing for magazines. To learn more, check out her book, and don’t miss Kerrie’s session Build Your Author Platform Th...

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