How to Keep Up With Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions

By Lauren Shade Part of the excitement of a new year is the fresh start it gives you. Regardless of the past year, a new year holds so much potential. That is why starting the year off right – and maintaining your goals by exposing the new year’s potential – is so important. Yet many … Continue reading How to Keep Up With Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions

10 Things Every Writer Should Be Doing

By Rachel Beck They say you're a writer if you write. But anyone chasing a book deal, who has put words on the page, enough to meet a goal word count, may constantly doubt those words are worth anything. Going from a writer to an author is the goal of anyone submitting their work to … Continue reading 10 Things Every Writer Should Be Doing

Finding New Readers Through Your Local Library

By Katelyn Uplinger Writing a book takes a lot of time, effort, and determination, but authors aren’t off the hook when the book is published. Next comes marketing, which can be just as frustrating as writing. I’ve written before about how useful libraries can be for writers, but libraries can help you with more than … Continue reading Finding New Readers Through Your Local Library

How to Motivate and Help Other Writers

By Sabrina Berndt Although I am not a writer myself, I have plenty of friends and family members who do consider themselves writers. Sometimes they fall into a slump and don't know how to get past their writer's block. This is completely natural, but people tend to believe there's nothing they can do to help. Today … Continue reading How to Motivate and Help Other Writers

Add a Sense of Time to Your Manuscript – An Agent’s Perspective

Time in writing is important. I know this is not groundbreaking news, but I think it should be said often and with passion. Time informs everything within a story. Is it noon? Are we going fast or slow? What century are we in? Decade? Season? Day? You’d be surprised how often the amateur writing forgets … Continue reading Add a Sense of Time to Your Manuscript – An Agent’s Perspective

Why You May Not Be Winning With Agents

By Rachel Beck Editors, agents and authors publish a lot of instructional pieces about the craft of writing, and the mechanics of creating a strong novel. These tips tend to focus on plot, character, conflict, story arc, narrative voice, tone, etc. After all, you cannot have a successful book without these pieces in place, and … Continue reading Why You May Not Be Winning With Agents