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Zetta Elliott on Starting Her Own Imprint & Character Development in Children’s Fiction

Zetta Elliott is the author of 30 books for young readers, including the award-winning picture book Bird, as well as a YA and speculative fiction author; a poet whose work has been published in several anthologies; an essayist forThe Huff...

Twine – Write Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Stories

Twine is an open-source program for writing choose your own adventure stories. You can use Twine online or you can download the software for Mac or Windows. I used Twine online to create a short story. To write a choose your ...

7 Ways to Turbocharge Your Ebook Marketing

Smart ebook marketing works like a magnet to bridge the gap between readers’ unmet desires and your book’s ability to satisfy those desires. Here are seven proven ebook marketing strategies you can implement immediately, at no cost. by ...

Talking Shop: Louise DeSalvo

The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections of Time, Craft, and Creativity A Review by George T. Parker   Writing well is a process that can take a long time. Sometimes we can forget how long it really takes, and we get impatient with the pro...

5 Reasons You Need To See Eighth Grade

Bo Burnham’s latest project is a ‘little’ movie he directed called Eighth Grade. It’s not unlike his snarky, satirical, brutally honest comedy specials, but Eighth Grade is Burnham sans the confetti and laser lights. Stripped down t...

From Whence Cometh Ideas? 10 Fun Idea-Generating Activities and Story Starters

Has your inspiration fizzled lately? Kick-start your creativity with these 10 fun story starters and clever idea-generating tips from Erika Hoffman. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash You wrack your brain, pulling, stretching, trying to e...

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A “clone” problem

Something to consider, maybe stop starting off saying: My story is just like series X, how can I make sure it is not identical. Instead, my story idea A (excerpt e.g. included say 500 words), what are your impressions? Basic critique, given...

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August 2018 Short Story Contest

Seavey Street Blues (~4200 words) The office was above a meatpacking warehouse on the corner of Seavey Street and Amherst. Miriam made coffee while she watched the trucks idling below her, filling the loading docks with puffs of Freon and t...

The Three Types of Book Cover Design Every Author Should Know

by Yvonne S at Reedsy One of the great pleasures of browsing bookstores involves admiring the artwork — the cover designs on display, to be more specific. In the current era, the publishing industry is producing beautiful covers as diver...

Meet the Future of Science Fiction: The Teen Scribes of the Octavia Project

“What if?” is the question that fuels the creation of some of the best science fiction and fantasy. For writers of those genres, toying around with hypotheticals doesn’t just come naturally, the ability to imagine the as-yet unimagina...

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