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What writers need to do …

… what we need to do is simply write fun and entertaining books and get them out. The next book is always the best promotion. Dean Wesley Smith Background photo:…

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Classic Literature as Fortune Cookie Fortunes

A Christmas Carol: You will become better acquainted with a coworker. Frankenstein: A friend is a present you give yourself. Metamorphosis: A dream you have will finally come true. More…

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A Small Mystery: Solved

Why did Penguin Random House go after a 20 year old, out-of-print novel? I think I’ve figured it out!

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Writer’s rights: Stories about Telling Stories

Rights aren’t something many writers give much thought to. In the rush of elation of at a publisher’s interest, they’re frequently overlooked. But they are important, especially if you ever…

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Harry Potter and the End of Chapter 3

Earlier this week, J K Rowling posted this on Twitter: Quite coincidentally, a couple of days earlier I’d just started doing what the sign said I shouldn’t; rereading Harry Potter…

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A Writing Exercise Courtesy of Harlan Ellison

I have a writing exercise for you. I’d like you to produce a short story using the premise “The 102-year old pregnant corpse”. It’s currently 1 p.m. and I’d like…

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Big Publishing: Nightmare on Agent Street

Author Chuck Palahniuk (pronounced paula-nick) – author of Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, and Choke – says he’s close to broke, thanks to his agent the (formerly?) prestigious Donadio &…

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Submission Guidelines

A friend is currently going through this miserable process, so I thought I’d help out … 😉

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The danger of a single story

A fascinating TED talk from Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie … Some of her books:           You’ll find another TED talk from her here, and commentaries on…

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William Safire

William Safire’s Rules for Writers

Remember to never split an infinitive. The passive voice should never be used. Do not put statements in the negative form. Verbs have to agree with their subjects. Proofread carefully…

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