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5 Thoughts on How to Use Place to Move Your Story Forward

Author Jane Bernstein shares five thoughts on how to use place to move your story forward by showing how setting affects characters and characters affect setting. So much rich material begins and evolves in the place where a story is set, a...

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...

Four Tips for Indie Authors on Planning a Successful Book Tour

Book tours are a wonderful way to connect with readers. Indie author John Peragine shares his experience planning his latest book tour for his book Iowa Wine. It was one of the hottest days in July when I walked into the small indie booksto...

Cartoonist Bob Eckstein Returns to the 2019 Annual Writer’s Digest Conference

Cartoonist Bob Eckstein will be covering the 2019 Annual Writer’s Digest Conference with his art and tweets on Twitter and in a post-conference post for LitHub.com. In this post, he shares some of his cartoons along with tips for conferen...

Sifting through Mythology: Finding the Grains of Your Story

Marc Graham explains how he used popular—and differing—myths and archaeological records to find the story of his new novel, Song of Songs: A Novel of the Queen of Sheba. The Queen of Sheba led a small tribe from her home in northern Ara...

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Your personal experience with putting your books up for pre order on Amazon

Dear All, Who has some personal experience with putting their books up for pre order on Amazon? I want to know if on your launch day your pre orders help your ranking at all. Thanks a lot The reason I am asking is I have heard two totally d...

Digital Repository Limbo: How Can MFA Students Protect Their Work?

Many MFA programs require students to submit an electronic thesis into their library’s digital repository, where it’s available online. How can these students protect their work? Like many graduate students in creative writing, Carlee...

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Marketing for self publishers.

I have had good success with facebook advertising. That said, I am not breaking even, but I am still having sales that are quite respectable for a self-publisher, and sales generates a critical mass of readers who don’t know you, but ...

2018 Year in Review: Inside the Publishing Industry

Explore Jane Friedman’s 2018 Year in Review—her take on the latest trends and shakeups in the book and magazine realm, and what those mean for writers in the coming year. Photo by Steven VanDesande Jr on Unsplash For better or worse,...

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...

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