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Get Started: Start your blog in 7 steps
Launching a blog is a great way to showcase your work and impress potential customers. Our writer walks you though the process of establishing one.
Breakthrough: An editor's specific need was her ticket to success
Our writer made good on her longtime dream of getting a children's picture book published. In the process, she also sold 70,000 copies of it and won some awards.
In writing, as in baseball, you have to stick with it to hit one out of the park. The author, a former successful attorney turned thriller writer ("The Jury Master"), knows all about it.
Poet to Poet: Writing to the letter
Experiment with three playful forms to take your composition to a new micro-level. Learn about the acrostic, the abecedarian and the lipogram.
To 'entertain and educate'
Ron Hansen, author of such novels as "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and "Mariette in Ecstasy," follows his fictional values and restless imagination, which ranges from historical characters to religious themes.
What retail-sales work taught a veteran freelancer
You may be surprised at how similar the selling challenge is.
Archive: Know the 8 C's of effective nonfiction
Follow these tips to entertain your readers with a creative yet credible story.
2009 Short-Story Contest winner: The Trip to Goodbye
See why our contest judge, Shelby Hearon, called this "a perfect story ... [without] a single unnecessary word." And after you've read the story and the judge's comments, learn a little about the winning writer.
Traditional or do-it-yourself: Which way to go?
An author who's been down both publishing roads describes the most important issues worth considering.
Step by Step: How to format your self-published book
Here's a 10-step guide (mainly for Word 2007 users) to help make the inside of your book look professional--without hiring a pro.
Finding a market in nooks and crannies
This self-publisher succeeds with his fiction set in Cape Cod by thinking small and specialized.
Take a productive break from writing
Guilt be gone--here, from an especially wise and learned author, are seven avoidance activities that are actually good for your work.
Freelance Success: No more one-story sales
Are you getting only one bang for the buck? What a waste. Make the most of your research time by reslanting multiple article ideas for different markets.
Market Focus: Clue in to mystery short-story markets
Ever think about taking a shot at publications like Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine? Here's a useful review of a story genre that can not only earn you recognition and credibility--but maybe even land an agent for your novel.
Literary Spotlight: The Southeast Review
This month's spotlight is on the literary journal The Southeast Review, describing its tone, preferences and contributors.
Bloggers beware: The FTC wants you to own up to freebies
The FTC has a few things to say about full disclosure by bloggers, plus other literary notes, Lisa Shearin's regular column, and more.
Can-do spirit rules novel-writing guide
Reviews of "Is Life Like This? A Guide to Writing Your First Novel in Six Months" by John Dufresne, and "Now Write! Nonfiction: Memoir, Journalism, and Creative Nonfiction Exercises From Today's Best Writers and Teachers, edited by Sherry Ellis.
How I write
For Pia Z. Ehrhardt, short stories in progress sometimes want to hold on to their truths and not let her in. She has some techniques for showing who's boss.