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The scoop on chick lit
"Chick lit" may be the hottest fiction trend around right now, and that means opportunities for writers. Hear what editors and agents have to say about breaking in.
Late-bloomer: Julia Glass' inspiring path to success
On her way to the National Book Award in fiction for her elegant first novel, Three Junes, Julia Glass defied the odds and broke some of the "rules of writing."
An eloquent reminder that in the Internet age, libraries remain a writer's ultimate source of inspiration and reliable, in-depth information.
When the pen soars
Our judge picked the best four from a fine array of essays on the joys of writing, and was ultimately won over by a "Monty Pythonesque monologue."
Learn from expert fact-checkers
Even if you never write for magazines with fact-checkers, you can read their tips on how to improve the accuracy of your writing.
Too busy for an MFA?
It may be time to consider the growing number of low-residency writing programs. Here's a look at an MFA option for busy people.
An introduction to the New Discovery short-story contest (rules on page 55), the amazing success of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and other literary notes.
Some advice for an aspiring songwriter on how to finish what she's started, from Susan Tucker.
Inspiration plus craft is the key
After many successful cookbooks, the author was able to turn her dream of novel-writing into reality.
Getting to know you
This month, more on mining the Internet for interactive ways to promote your book.
Off the cuff
Keep hope alive
Any committed writer needs coping strategies to weather adversity and maintain morale. Here are eight to start with from a veteran author.
Pen for hire
Diversifying your energies with corporate, teaching and consulting work can help cushion the slack periods in your freelance writing.
Reviews of The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don't Think for Themselves by Curtis White and The Freelance Success Book: Insider Secrets for Selling Every Word You Write by David Taylor.
Somewhere in most news stories is an environmental angle, and with the right approach and pitch, a freelancer can profit from it.
Coming of age
The field for contemporary women's fiction is wide open, surging in popularity and collapsing some of the traditional boundaries of some genres.
52 MFA programs
How I write
For Jarhead author Anthony Swofford, there's literary value in stumbling down dark alleys.
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