How to Write Dialogue that Shines

By Rachel Beck Dialogue is one of the main building blocks of writing. It's part of the foundation, one of the "tools" that's essential for building your "house," or book. Without it, you don't have much of a story, and it would collapse, as would a house without all the vital parts of its foundation. … Continue reading How to Write Dialogue that Shines

Nine Do’s and Don’ts of Attending Writers Conferences

By Rachel Beck I recently participated in two writers' conferences, a fiction one in Seattle, WA, and a creative nonfiction one in Pittsburgh, PA. These involved meeting with several authors back-to-back over one or two days, and listening to their pitches for 10-15 minutes. Since these experiences are fresh in my mind, I thought I … Continue reading Nine Do’s and Don’ts of Attending Writers Conferences

Top Four Misconceptions Writers Have About Landing a Literary Agent- Debunked

By Rachel Beck Publishing a book is an interesting undertaking, in that it feels very isolated, cryptic, almost inaccessible in some ways. From the writing to the research to the querying literary agencies to the landing a deal with a publishing house, it involves many steps that might seem mysterious to an outsider. And as … Continue reading Top Four Misconceptions Writers Have About Landing a Literary Agent- Debunked

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