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1 Opening A Line Of Credit With Your Reader
IT goes without saying that the first line of your book is your reader’s first impression of that book. Nobody opens up a book to the middle and starts at chapter 19. That wouldn’t serve any practical purpose. And even if they read the jacket copy or
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Book PR In A Social-distancing World
Marketing books is never easy. But now that COVID-19 has changed the world in so many ways, the literary landscape has altered accordingly. Face-to-face book signings are out. So, too, are live readings and other in-person activities that authors dep
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Stocking The Shelves
BY LUCY CRIPPS Every piece of punctuation, from the “stern, opinionated, and unswayable” period to the “raucous giggles of the winking semicolon,” gets its due diligence in this compact grammatical guide. It also includes a section on “the ‘not punct
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Back To Virtual School
IF there’s one thing stay-at-home orders taught us – besides how small our houses feel when you can’t go out or which stores in town are your best bets for flour, yeast, and toilet paper – it’s just how much can be done from the comfort of home thank
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Online Learning Resources
This summer, Victor McGlothin is teaching a 90-day online writing course called “The Writing Coach: How to Start Fast and Finish;” writers can sign up for the Black Writers Collective newsletter to be informed of the course launch date as well as fin
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The Sunlight Press
In the midst of domestic and worldwide unrest, sometimes you just need to take 10 minutes to read for pleasure. Rudri Bhatt Patel and Beth Burrell, co-founders and editors of The Sunlight Press, want to provide material for literary leisure time. “Wh
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San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival
How can we be more culturally sensitive in these challenging times? When is it OK to write about experiences that aren’t our own? These are two of the questions that international faculty members and attendees at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference &
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24PearlStreet Non-degree online classes in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry led by nationally recognized writers. Program available on a rotating basis with the option of three course lengths: 8-week studios, 4-week workshops, and 1-week intensives. C
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Talking Shop
Recently, I had the opportunity to host a writing webinar as part of our “Summer School” virtual learning series, an opportunity to offer craft advice and support during a time when in-person writing conferences are out of reach. I’d spoken at plenty
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Maya Shanbhag Lang
After receiving glowing praise and positive reviews for her debut novel, The Sixteenth of June, Maya Shanbhag Lang was working on her second novel when everything changed. After her mother developed early-onset Alzheimer’s, Lang became her caregiver
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Senior Editor Nicki Porter Contributing Editor Melissa Hart Copy Editor Toni Fitzgerald James Applewhite, Andre Becker, Eve Bunting, Roy Peter Clark, Lewis Burke Frumkes, Gail Godwin, Eileen Goudge, Rachel Hadas, John Jakes, John Koethe, Lois Lowry,
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This Month On Writermag.com
Schools may be closed, but our virtual learning series is in full swing: We’re hosting a free writing webinar each month all summer long! Space is limited, so register today to secure your spot at writermag.com/webinars. Our most popular writing cont
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What A BAD REVIEW Can Teach You
When I tell people how many novels I’ve published, I always leave out one, my third novel out of 12, the ugly stepchild called Jealousies, a disaster that ruined my career for a year and that I’ve disowned all these years. Until now. Before Jealousie
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Have A Burning Question About Writing?
We’re launching a brand-new advice column in our next issue! Have a query about craft? Need some clarification on an aspect of the publishing industry? Looking for career advice? Send us all of your unanswered questions for your chance to be featured
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Office Glow-up
Sure, you could litter that research book you’re reading with square sticky notes. But aren’t these three feline sticky shapes way more fun? $3.90, muji.us These retro notepads are the perfect size to take notes on calls, host the day’s to-do list, o
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Stepping Into Discomfort
Not far from where I live now is a school with an MFA program that had, at one point, a marked focus on social justice. When I first saw it, I scoffed. “Ugh,” I said. “As if! You write because you’re driven to write, not because you have an axe to gr
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Fighting For Freelancing
For freelance writers hoping the gig economy laws have gone away as the nation tries to regain its financial footing, it’s time to get re-educated and spring into action. AB5, the California law that went into effect this year, requires companies to
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Valentine’s Ghost
George smelled. It wasn’t a sour, organic body odor; instead, it possessed a sort of staleness, as if his mother had left his clothes hanging too long on the line or stockpiled mothballs in his drawers. He was skinny, too. We were all skinny back the
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Interview
I enrolled in a writing workshop, which required three submissions. Pulling the word “tether” from a box of prompts, I thought about people, places, and events which evoke that feeling of restriction. “Valentine’s Ghost” was the second piece in the t
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It’s Finally time To Join Twitter.
When Washington, D.C., librarian and book reviewer Phil Shapiro began to follow Southern California elementary school superintendent John Puglisi on the social media site Twitter, he never dreamed Puglisi would fly him across the country to teach at
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More Best Practices for Writers on Twitter
New York Times bestselling author of The Nesting Dolls “Just because you’re a writer doesn’t mean that’s all you need to tweet about. You must have other interests. In my case, it’s soap operas, figure skating, and education policy. I interact with p
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Drabblecast
A “drabble” is a short story of exactly 100 words. Drabblecast is a 13-year-old weekly audio fiction podcast featuring short, quirky speculative fiction. Founder and editor Norm Sherman loves the punch and impact of flash fiction, along with brief sh
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Imaginarium
Seven years ago, Kentucky author Stephen Zimmer launched an event that offered the atmosphere of a convention combined with the content of a major writing conference. He titled it “Imaginarium.” “I wanted it to be inclusive of all genres,” he says. “
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Writing conferences, retreats, and festivals are some of the best places to hone your craft and learn from some of the top names in the field, but they also offer the unique opportunity to meet fellow writers. In what can often be a solitary career,
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How I Remember It
This is the way I remember it: We’re all gathered in the kitchen on Christmas Eve, too many bodies for one small space, and my grandfather is telling stories. We clear the dishes as he starts recalling the first time he made mashed potatoes as a fled
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Carmen Maria Machado
In her debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado combined genres to create impressively original, gripping stories. In her acclaimed memoir, In the Dream House, she now brings an innovative approach to nonfiction.
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Senior Editor Nicki Porter Contributing Editor Melissa Hart Copy Editor Toni Fitzgerald James Applewhite, Andre Becker, Eve Bunting, Roy Peter Clark, Lewis Burke Frumkes, Gail Godwin, Eileen Goudge, Rachel Hadas, John Jakes, John Koethe, Lois Lowry,
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This Month On Writermag.com
We’re halfway through our Summer School virtual learning series! Receive expert craft instruction from the comfort of your home with this 100% virtual learning series for writers of all experience levels. Each session lasts one hour and includes a li
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Staycation
What’s the one book in your house that you’d save in a fire? Which book on your shelf is guaranteed to give you happy tears? These are some of the questions you’ll meditate on as you complete this bookish puzzle. $16.99, basbleu.com Carolyn Suzuki il
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A Month Of Forced Perspective
At the time of this writing, we’re in week seven or week eight of self-isolation orders by executive order in California. It’s going OK. And, you probably won’t be surprised to hear this, but I’ve been leaning on my writing as a key way of staying sa
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