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Get Started: 5 tips for following up on queries
Here’s how you can finesse your follow-ups and ensure that your query gets noticed—for the right reasons.
Breakthrough: Blogs, online networking helped win YA contract
To learn about the business end of writing, our author found that it pays to reach out to the online writing community.
Off the Cuff: One story's surprising journey
How a writer’s unwavering faith in her piece eventually gave it a life of its own—through reprint after reprint after reprint.
Interview: Imagining out of the box
For Joe Meno, recently christened “one of the hottest writers in the
country,” sometimes it’s the surreal and the whimsical that open up our
understanding of the world.
Is a low-residency MFA right for you?
An expert on low-res programs points out seven key considerations to help you decide.
A graduate program alternative
A master’s degree in professional writing offers students a practical focus. Get the details.
Burack Award winner: 'A tree grows in my soul'
A young writer pays tribute to a poignant novel that helped her grow up.
Her essay took first place in the 2010 Sylvia K. Burack scholarship
contest, named after the longtime editor and publisher of The Writer.
Step by Step: Writing the first-person mystery
An award-winning author offers some basic ways to develop your narrative.
Turn an embarrassement into a terrific story
A television writer tells how he did just that for an episode of The Wonder Years. His advice applies to all types of writing.
Cover Story: What's hot now
We surveyed eight New York book editors to see what works for them and
what doesn’t. If you’re shopping a book, or thinking of it, you’ll want
to see what they have to say.
Interview: The love of a good story
Lisa Cron, a longtime story consultant and agent, offers some strong
views on where mainstream fiction writing goes right and wrong—and why
it pays to read bad books.
Red flags for audits
A veteran tax attorney offers a primer (in plain English) for writers
who want to keep the IRS happy. Plus, read freelancer Bruce W. Fraser’s
sidebar on when the IRS came knocking at his door.
Submitting your 'back-up'
When a publication requires your supporting material for fact-checking,
don’t send in a big jumble of stuff. Here are some editor-pleasing tips.
Business Freelancing: 10 ways to generate sales
Whether you're just starting out or are in a slump, these techniques will help you find work.
Market Focus: Health writers can thrive in hard times
A wide range of freelance opportunities make this specialty particularly lucrative.
Literary Spotlight: Third Coast
This month’s spotlight is on the literary journal Third Coast, describing its tone, editorial preferences and contributors.
5 smart ways to invest in your writing in the new year
Ask The Writer: When writing a novel how do I know where to break for a new chapter?
Acting out: Two exercises help fiction writers get in character
Let Me Put Words in Your Mouth: Networking: A how-to guide for both introverts and extroverts
Social site welcomes literary writers
When to get 'butt out of chair'
A potent primer for nonfiction writers
Practical help for your writing career
Expand your 'self'--and your writing
This month, a list of publication in the following areas: animals/pets;
fitness; literary; sciences; and sports/recreation. Plus, information on
agents, publishers, conferences and contests, and helpful tips from
editors at Inventors Digest and Sky & Telescope.
How I Write
For thriller writer Lisa Gardner, fiction ideas come easily right out of today's headlines.