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Get Started: 7 steps to break into book reviewing
What you need to know, from a veteran book reviewer and member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Off the Cuff: An essayist finds her stride
In mastering the art of sculling, our writer learned that small adjustments can lead to emotional revelations.
Interview: A gift for the short form
All of Antonya Nelson's tales of relationships and domestic life start
out as short stories, but sometimes outgrow the container and become
novellas and novels.
Archive: Essentials of good suspense novels
Keep your readers on the edge of their seats with a clever plot that's skillfully executed.
Train your 'pet' words
Who's the boss? You are, and you'd better take control of your out-of-control word tics.
Sell your work
How do you know when your writing is submission-ready? Have you probed
for the right weaknesses? Our group of accomplished writers offers a
final checklist for seven genres.
Interview: Making a story work
Two-time Edgar Award winner T. Jefferson Parker has found that saving
material "for later" in a mystery novel often proves deadly to the
Defining 'small' in small press
What small presses are, and what they're looking for in authors, from
an editor in chief. And read Carol O'Dell's sidebar about her
experience with a small publisher.
Business Freelancing: Learn the ins and outs of PR writing
Public-relations professionals hire freelance writers for a host of
lucrative assignments. Here are some expert tips on how to get in on
Market Focus: Micro presses offer more opportunities
Putting art above sales, boutique presses embrace writers of experimental work.
Literary Spotlight Alimentum
The spotlight is on the savory literary journal Alimentum, describing its tone and approach.
Learning from a classic
Letters from our readers
What Harper Lee taught me about writing and the writing life
Other Take Note items
LinkedIn features for writers, starting a literary journal, a remedy for writer's block, a festival celebrating Elmore Leonard and crime fiction and what writers can learn from professional athletes. Plus, Stephanie Dickison's regular bimonthly column about the freelancing life, and an excerpt from a new writing book.
A fresh look at the English language
A review of Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language by Robert McCrum
The good side of creative obsessions
A review of Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions by Eric Maisel and Ann Maisel
Yahoo! focuses on style for Web writers
A review of The Yahoo! Style Guide: The Ultimate Sourcebook for Writing, Editing, and Creating Content for the Digital World by Chris Barr and the senior editors of Yahoo!
This month, a list of book publishers, plus information on conferences
and contests and helpful tips from an editor at Juno Books, an imprint
of Pocket Books.
How I Write
For Royce Buckingham, literary success grew out of his experiences with
a troubled youth—as well as many years of working at his stories.