Perle Besserman Talks About the Pros and Cons of Being a Writer

by Perle Besserman First: What I love most about writing is being visited by characters who invite themselves onto the stage of my mind (or heart, or imagination, or dream life, or whatever you choose to call that place that is no actual “place” but is more real than the…

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Stop Wishing and Start Working

by Joshua Cole I was four when I realized I wanted to tell stories my whole life, but it wasn’t until I was twenty-two that I really started writing every day. One year after that decision, I sold my first book. Clearly, I had wasted eighteen years of my life…

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No Running: What Writing and Long-Distance Running Have in Common

By Sau Yung Guo My last two books were written in stages. As a rule, I begin with writing longhand in a notebook, usually a hardcover cloth-bound book with standard-ruled 24-pound paper in white or cream.  I prefer to write in blue or black fineliner (0.5mm or 0.7mm); I generally…

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Market Your Book While You’re Writing It

by Yvonne Perry A book is not a baby as some authors tend to believe. Even if the book were a baby, would you leave it to survive on its own? A book is a product and being an author is very much like running a business. If you don’t…

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The Perks of Self-Publishing with Lulu.Com

by Gabbi Hall In May 2013, I published my first book, a project I co-authored with my friend, Elizabeth “Liz” Murray. “It Takes a Village: How global engagement online has changed media events” runs 115 pages long and takes a look at the evolution of social media and its relationship…

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Common Mistakes Writers Make When Writing

by Yvonne Perry For those writers who plan to have a book published, I can only hope that your manuscript will go through a thorough edit before it is printed. That is especially important for those who self-publish or use publish-on-demand services to bring their book to market. These methods…

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Advice from the Field: Don’t Ever Give Up

by Scott L. Miller   Don’t ever give up. I worked on my first novel for twenty years off and on, tossed characters, cut it in half and rewrote it 17 times. If someone tells you that you don’t have what it takes, that’s one opinion. Write for yourself, not…

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Is Your Writing Your Business Or Your Baby?

by Yvonne Perry The books I write (other than the ones for clients) typically stream from whatever is going on in my life. For example, my children’s books were written for and about my grandson when he was three years old. My book on death, dying, and afterlife was written…

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The Do and Don’t List for Lit Submissions

by Joan F. Smith In college, I started my “literary career” (I use this term very loosely) by being selected, along with two other students, to be the editorial board of Providence College’s international literary journal, “The Alembic.” The three of us were responsible for choosing the final selections for the…

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