Andrea Askowitz
The author and podcaster discusses what she learned from going the wrong kind of viral, the power of vulnerable truth ...
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Overcoming Writer’s Block Brought On By Childhood Trauma: Q&A with Marc Jampole
The poet and author discusses writing through trauma, his novel’s path to publication, adjusting details to suit a higher truth, ...
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The author discusses film adaptation, writing effective humor and natural dialogue, using a light touch with character description, and more ...
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Writing and Publishing Horror: Q&A with Todd Keisling
The horror author shares what scares him, the authors who taught him the most about the genre, crowdfunding, trigger warnings, ...
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Image: Caroline Leavitt
In this interview, the bestselling author discusses her indefatigable enthusiasm for writing, the importance of writers helping writers, and more ...
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Catherine Stine
In this interview, she discusses writing to trends, the limits of writing what you know, taking the time to discover ...
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It may be on the wane for reasons ranging from linguistic evolution to feminism, but one writer says exclamation point ...
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In this interview, Bob Eckstein discusses art vs. commerce, newspaper/magazine cartoons vs. TV as communication delivery systems, the influence of ...
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Image: Adela Crandell Durkee
In this interview, she discusses discovering writing in mid-life, how she knew when her writing was ready, why she opted ...
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From Romance Novelist to Literary Novelist: Anna Schmidt
In this Q&A, Anna Schmidt discusses how she became a romance novelist, the nearly accidental way she acquired her current ...
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Bill Wolfe
Is it still necessary today to encourage men to read women, or to shine a targeted light on female writers? ...
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Jonathan Westbrook
Writer and graphic designer Jonathan Westbrook discusses what it's like to win an extraordinary screenwriting contest, then have that win ...
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Rich Miller audiobook
How much input should an author have when it comes to the narrator's interpretation? When is feedback helpful, and when ...
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Amy Tipton
Freelance editor and former literary agent Amy Tipton discusses her love of young adult and middle grade fiction, the "unlikable ...
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Russell Rowland
Author Russell Rowland discusses the big mistake he made with HarperCollins, whether the journey of writing is truly its own ...
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audiobook listening
I’ve been air-quoting “reading” since my first legitimate introduction to audiobooks this past winter ...
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5 On: Ian Thomas Healy
In this 5 On interview, author and publisher Ian Thomas Healy shares what he learned from his experiences with literary ...
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5 On: Julie Smith
Author, publisher, and book marketer Julie Smith shares what she loves to write—and read—in a mystery, how her writing obsession ...
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why traditional publishing
What's the overriding reason for an author to find an agent and a traditional publishing deal? Is it possible that ...
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/ Getting Published, Guest Post
Lisa Tener
Lisa Tener shares important lessons learned when writing her first book, the ups and downs of co-writing, the most important ...
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comparing yourself to other writers
Sometimes guidelines for writers discourage perfectly private, internal envy, anger, indignation, etc., directed toward other writers, or toward agents (or ...
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/ Getting Published
Dario Ciriello
Author Dario Ciriello talks about breaking writing rules, what publishing other writers taught him about the business, and how little ...
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Debra Eckerling
Debra Eckerling (@WriteOnOnline), founder of the writers' support group Write On!, discusses common writer challenges, the value of blogs, what ...
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5 On: Elizabeth Marro
Author Elizabeth Marro discusses literary vs. commercial fiction and what she learned from the sale and marketing of her first ...
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Caroline Leavitt
Author Caroline Leavitt reveals the fears behind her middle-of-the-night writer anxieties, the contents of her colored book tour folders, her ...
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Rosalie Morales Kearns
Author, editor, and publisher Rosalie Morales Kearns discusses why she started a feminist press (and what it takes to run ...
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RJ Kelly
Author R.J. Keller on the notion of the "second-book slump," how she dealt with a book idea similar to her ...
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Massimo Marino
Author Massimo Marino discusses what it's like to read science fiction as a scientist, his experience with the Booktrope publishing ...
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Rufi Thorpe
Author Rufi Thorpe discusses writing for men, her improbable path to publication, what she likes to see in a book ...
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Yi Shun Lai
Author and editor Yi Shun Lai discusses writing for the J. Peterman catalog, common problems she sees in short fiction ...
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Che Gilson
Author Che Gilson discusses what she as an unagented author learned to look for in publishing contracts, designing your own ...
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Phil Persinger
Philip B. Persinger discusses his attraction to sonnets, the broad art of writing and selling a play, why he published ...
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Henry Baum
Author/songwriter Henry Baum discusses self-publishing services, the value of a paid review, why he started his own self-publishing service, and ...
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Barry Eisler
Author Barry Eisler discusses the pros and cons (where they exist) of legacy, Amazon, and self-publishing; research and editing; selling ...
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Reggie Lutz
Author and radio broadcaster Reggie Lutz discusses her tendency as a writer to synthesize fiction genres, recommends qualities to look ...
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April Eberhardt
Literary agent and publishing consultant April Eberhardt discusses effective book promotion, what makes writing exceptional from a publishing perspective, her ...
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Patrick Walsh
Book publicist Patrick Walsh discusses effective social media promotion, what it takes to make the same old book-marketing advice work ...
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Ashley Scott Meyers
Screenwriter Ashley Scott Meyers (@AshleyMeyers) discusses the critical writing lesson he learned over time, what it takes to make a ...
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A flock of birds in the sky
Chris Jane, who writes the biweekly Q&A series 5 On, discusses overcoming her fear of joining the Twitterverse ...
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Elisa Lorello
In this 5 On post, bestselling author Elisa Lorello discusses authenticity, using social media to connect with readers, rejection, and ...
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Jane Smiley
Jane Smiley on necessary compromises, writing good sex scenes, and what makes her nervous about writing even now in this ...
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A portrait of Heather Hale with the quote: "Some writing is therapy. And probably doesn't ever need to be read by anyone but you."
Heather Hale discusses the top five mistakes screenwriters make, the usefulness of online script databases, and how to approach a ...
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David Corbett
David Corbett discusses the decline in our country's writing skills, his personal approach to marketing, writing to the market vs ...
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Dana Kaye
Publicist Dana Kaye discusses why not to pretend to be a publicist, the question of gender bias in publishing and ...
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Nadine Darling
Debut author Nadine Darling discusses her revision and query process, blogging, writing with children in the house, and more ...
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Eddie Wright
Eddie Wright discusses artistic collaboration, why he adapted his novella into a graphic novel, marketing straight fiction vs. marketing comics, ...
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Allyson Rudolph
Allyson Rudolph discusses some of her favorite experimental fiction, the day-to-day life of an associate editor at a publishing house, ...
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Sandra Gulland
Sandra Gulland discusses the delicate process of blending of fact and fiction, the allure of unhappy endings, the publishing industry ...
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Literary agent Mollie Glick on what drew her to being an agent, what kind of query letter gets a quick ...
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