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Bullet Journals: Your Secret Weapon For Better Grades and Mental Wellness

If you’re a student on Tumblr or Pinterest, you’re likely to have seen them: Bullet Journals—humble notebooks with cream-coloured pages hosting cleverly-organized lists, agendas, and art. Aesthetics range from earthy and shaded, to pr...

Publishing Tips for Indie Authors: How to Get Your Book Into Libraries

Libraries spent more than you might expect on expanding their collection each year. But how can indie authors rise to the top and grab the attention of librarians? Find out here. Photo by Susan Yin on Unsplash by Alinka Rutkowska A surve...

Hey Alexa: What’s Amazon Prime Day and Why Should I Care?

Amazon Prime Day, on July 16th, is Amazon’s fourth entry in what’s become an annual tradition of deals and discounts on millions of products…from A to Z. Hehe. 😉 Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which is totally cool...

My Ten Favorite ClassTools Templates

There are dozens of great game builders, writing templates, and handy classroom tools on Classtools.net. I’ve tried nearly all of them over the years. My ten favorite Classtools tools are featured below. The Dustbin game is an activit...

The First Book to Ever Be Dubbed the “Great American Novel” Might Not Be the One You’d Guess

Many aspiring writers set out to craft the next Great American Novel. The designation is, at best, amorphous and extremely subjective, but at its core it refers to American-set novels by American authors that have had some important histor...

Videos for Learning About the Tour de France and the Science of Bicycling

The Tour de France begins on Saturday. What started out as a promotion to boost the sales of newspapers in France is now one of the biggest sporting events in the world (and a big business). On Tuesday I shared a couple of ideas f...

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Help with Character Feelings! PLEASE

Warning: topic contains elements of suicideSo I am in the process of writing a high fantasy novel. I have most of the characters, and stuff worked out; but I have a couple of problems, this one is one of the big ones. Jasson (Jawson), the 1...

How to Select the Best Topic for Historical Nonfiction—and How to Pitch It

By Cory Taylor We all know what Adolf Hitler did once he achieved power. We are less familiar with how he got there. My debut work of narrative nonfiction, How Hitler Was Made, explains Hitler’s rise from obscurity and how he used fake ne...

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My Selfie!

Ok, not a photo but an intro. I have been a lurker on here for some time, getting snippets of advice from many, many posts. The community here seems great. I have always loved writing, was known as a kid for writing epics, far longer than h...

Pitching Articles: 5 Tips for a Successful Freelance Writing Pitch

If you want to make a living writing for your favorite publications, you need to perfect your freelance writing pitch. Here are a few things to keep in mind when pitching articles for magazines, newspapers and the web. If you’re a freelan...

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