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How to Be a Great Podcast Guest: A Guide for Authors

Learning these basic skills will help you relax, enjoy the conversation, and hopefully turn a podcast’s audience into yours as well.
I’m Selling Books on TikTok, No Dancing (or Crying) Required

I’m Selling Books on TikTok, No Dancing (or Crying) Required

TikTok has evolved into an entertainment and educational hub, with a remarkably engaged community of book buyers.
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You Can’t Sell an Idea

Ideas are a dime a dozen. What matters is expressing an idea in ways that are unique to the artist and specific to the time and culture.
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The Alchemy of Emotion: 6 Key Strategies for Emotionally Affecting Fiction

To create the alchemical magic of emotion in your fiction, you need to approach the challenge from more than one angle.
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Strained Brain? How to Stoke Your Mental Fire

It’s impossible to fire on all cylinders all the time, so dedicate some of your writing time to stoke the flames of creativity.
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What Writers Can Learn from Runners

The most useful work is that which tests our limits and forces us to write something we didn’t realize we were capable of producing.
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Writers: Ask for What You Want

Your community might be all too willing to help promote your book. The hard part is overcoming the fear of asking.
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Don’t Tease Your Reader. Get to the Tension and Keep It Rising

If you write knowing how the story will end, you’ll deprive readers of the tension that comes from putting obstacles in your characters’ way.
How to Get Your First Freelance Byline (and Why Even Fiction Writers Should Freelance)

How to Get Your First Freelance Byline (and Why Even Fiction Writers Should Freelance)

Freelance writing—even for little or no pay—offers a low-stakes way to gain publication credit, hone your skills, and raise your visibility.
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Deepen Characterization by Mining Your Own Reactions

Paying attention to your own visceral reactions and thoughts can help you create richly developed characters who leap off the page.
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Why Your Memoir Also Needs the Good and “Normal” Times

Showing the moments of normalcy brings the reader more fully into your life, and heightens the drama when traumatic events occur.
Your Final Responsibility to Your Story: Creative Stewardship

Your Final Responsibility to Your Story: Creative Stewardship

When you’ve finished your story, it’s time to step into a stewardship role to place it in the best position to connect with readers.
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To Write a Better Memoir, Learn This F-Word

True forgiveness can take years to achieve. That’s why memoirs take longer to write than novels. But it’s worth the effort.
Overcoming Writer’s Block Brought On By Childhood Trauma: Q&A with Marc Jampole

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, and more.
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How to Find Compelling Comps for Your Book

Identifying comparable titles helps agents and publishers understand where your book fits in the market and who your most likely readers are.
The New Holy Grail of Traditional Publishers: Direct-to-Reader Relationships

The New Holy Grail of Traditional Publishers: Direct-to-Reader Relationships

Building direct-to-reader relationships may help publishers shift the balance of power in a game where Amazon holds most of the cards.
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4 Voices That Can Help (or Hinder) Your Memoir

In writing memoir, internal voices—with competing interests—can emerge to inform the narrative. A rounded story is careful to balance them all.
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When I Decided to Write My Own Story—And Not Someone Else’s

One author struggles to prioritize between major writing projects when time and energy are limited.
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What If It Takes 12 Years to Get an Agent?

What keeps many writers from a book deal isn’t a polished manuscript or proposal. It’s a sense of the publishing landscape as it really is.
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3 Key Tactics for Crafting Powerful Scenes

When placed intentionally, crafted well, and set up via emotional context and backstory, scene might be the writer’s most powerful tool.
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Which Comes First: Character or Plot?

Without insight into how your characters will react in even the most mundane of circumstances, you aren’t ready to plan or pants your plot.
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A Debut Novelist in a Pandemic: How to Navigate a Launch Through Social Media

When the pandemic thwarted a debut author’s launch plans, she had no choice but to jump into the deep end of social media.
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Hybrid Publishing: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know

Hybrid publishing is like hiring a contractor: You pay them to oversee the design and construction and, when it’s done, you own the result.
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What Every Writer Needs to Know About Email Newsletters (They’re Not Going Away)

Even a small email list is better than no list at all, because it likely represents your most devoted, true fans.
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How to Get Accepted by a Writing Mentorship Program

Mentorship programs are a popular way to gain knowledge and exposure, but as their popularity has risen the competition has gotten tougher.
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Sometimes Better Than Blogging: Guest Blogging

Guest blogging allows you to leverage someone else’s existing audience as a way to reach new readers and grow your own audience.
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Finding Your Way to the End

Given that many of us sidestep endings in real life, it should not be surprising that writers have trouble concluding book projects.
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3 Common Pitfalls When Writing From Your Own Life

Factual details can be great fuel for your writing, but it’s crucial to recognize when adherence to them is getting in the way of the story.
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Beware of Chapter-by-Chapter Book Critiques

Misguided feedback, which can damage your manuscript, often arises from a common mistake: asking the right question of the wrong person.
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The Green-Eyed Monster: Jealousy in the Time of Quarantine

Despite our best efforts, artistic jealousy affects us all at times. But how we perceive another’s success is never the whole picture.
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Are You a Mom Writer Thinking of Quitting? Read This First.

Mom writers are wired to succeed at writing (and querying) because they can multitask like no other.
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6 Tips for Writing Deep Third-Person Point of View

Deep third pulls readers into a character’s world view, but pronoun ambiguities and apparent point-of-view shifts push readers away. These 6 tips keep prose sharp.
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3 Traps That Subvert Our Ability to Accept Feedback

Finding the right editor or critique partner is important, but so is being mentally prepared for the feedback you’ll receive.
11 Signs You’re Ready to Self-Publish

11 Signs You’re Ready to Self-Publish

When do you decide that it’s time to pursue Plan B? Taking stock of these considerations will bring you that much closer to knowing.
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Find the Ending Before You Return to the Beginning

Just as we might be conflict averse, it can be tempting to keep revising a story’s beginning instead of proceeding into the messy middle.
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Backstory and Exposition: 4 Key Tactics

There’s a good chance that getting these essential elements right are among the biggest challenges you’ll face with your novel.
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Fix Your Scene Shapes to Quickly Improve Your Manuscript

Like story arcs, individual scenes also have shapes. Understanding yours can help you improve the ones that are falling flat.
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Get Reader Reviews Now to Drive Sales Later

Whether you use giveaways, blog tours or paid ads, generating reader reviews will drive sales and create opportunities for further marketing.
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Building Your Writing Support Triangle

The key to an author’s emotional wellbeing and continued productivity is creating a support system, and knowing which part to call on when.
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Do Stories Have a Universal Shape?

The idea of universal story archetypes is not a new one—but its corroboration by an A.I. brings a new dimension to the debate.
The Importance of Finding Your Marketing Sweet Spot

The Importance of Finding Your Marketing Sweet Spot

There are hundreds of ways to market. The secret isn’t to do them all—it’s to find the few that work for your product and focus on just those.
The One Thing Your Novel Absolutely Must Do

The One Thing Your Novel Absolutely Must Do

There’s only one thing that any novel must do if it’s going to succeed, and that’s arouse the reader’s curiosity.
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Understanding Third-Person Point of View: Omniscient, Limited and Deep

Third-person POV dominates the current publishing market, so it’s helpful to learn to navigate its many facets.
How to Restart Your Unfinished Book

How to Restart Your Unfinished Book

Your calendar will never be suddenly free of urgent distractions. To finish that book on the back burner, you must actively bring it forward.
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The Differences Between Line Editing, Copy Editing, and Proofreading

New authors are often confused about what level of editing they need. Here’s some insight into the differences.
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Writing With Sharpness: Q&A with Elinor Lipman

The author discusses film adaptation, writing effective humor and natural dialogue, using a light touch with character description, and more.
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How I Landed a Book Deal Via Twitter—Unintentionally

For one unagented author, landing a publisher was a result of preparation, transparency, and a well-developed network.
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Using Book Promotion Newsletters to Increase Sales

Book promotion newsletters are a dynamic component of the overall book industry, but their focus—and results—can vary dramatically.
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Is Your Writer’s Block Really Writer’s Indecision?

When facing decisions in your writing, it helps to identify which questions have lower stakes and which ones are preventing real progress.
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How to Effectively Manage Multiple Narrators in Your Novel

There’s nothing wrong with using multiple narrators in a first-person story, but it requires some serious background work.