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The 30 Book Challenge: Responding to Marie Kondo and Tidying Up

Are you ready for the 30 book challenge? If you haven’t seen it on social media yet, there’s a new meme making the rounds related to Marie Kondo and her Tidying Up show on Netflix. Apparently, she feels people ideally should have fewer ...

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The Speed of Publishing

Tenderiser said: ↑ But I disagree that parts of the process don’t need to be this long. Even if a print house had all the editors money could buy, it wouldn’t make good business sense to get a novel out the door in six months....

How to Calendarize Your Book Marketing Approach

Whether you’re traditionally or self-published marketing your book, is difficult. Here’s what I know for sure, as Oprah says. You have to start promoting your book as early as possible, and you can’t stop after it’s published. How d...

20 Ways to Generate Article Ideas in 20 Minutes or Less

Are you looking for new ways to generate fresh article ideas? Here are 20 you can accomplish in fewer than 20 minutes each. The old adage is true: Time is money. But for most freelancers, coming up with timely ideas that spur editors to ass...

How to Pitch a Picture Book: Secrets for Breaking Into a Growing but Competitive Market

ILLUSTRATONS © FOTOLIA.COM Want to know how to pitch a picture book? We’ve got you covered. Break into this competitive and growing market with the help of writing tips and inside observations from a leading literary agent. This article ...

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November 2018 Short Story Contest

Words: 3,026 An Unplanned Exit Chapter IMidnight, Mainstreet was deserted apart from the odd ball of wind driven tumbleweed. The downpour keeping everybody indoors, suppressing the normal high humidity to a more bearable level. The dirt thr...

The Editor Behind the Curtain: Inside the Publishing Process

For first-time authors, the publishing process is often shrouded in mystery. An expert shares an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes—and how to leverage it for future success. Whether you’re currently writing a book, querying ...

Job Hunting: 8 Tools and Resources

So, you’re hunting for that first real job? You know, one that’s actually in your area of interest? I would love to help you! Whether that’s in an office or elsewhere, there are plenty of online tools and resources you can benefit fro...

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“Go Your Own Way”: James Patterson on Supporting Childhood Literacy, Generating Novel Ideas, and Writing with Bill Clinton

After more than four decades in publishing, record-breaking bestseller James Patterson has this to say: You can go your own way. Discover an exclusive extended interview with Patterson below. Chris Sorensen For The Washington Post via Getty...

100 Writing & Publishing Tips from the 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

The 2018 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a roaring success. Literary agents, veteran and debut authors, editors, publishers and more shared their greatest writing tips on improving your craft, getting published, and building your wr...

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