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Advice from the crypt

Edgar Allan Poe speaks to writers about preplanning your work, knowing the ending, concentrating on a single effect, and showing discipline and character

By B.K. Stevens | Published: September 20, 2012

5 tips for following up on queries

You’ve carefully researched the market, polished your query letter, and sent it into cyberspace. Now comes the hard part: waiting. Fortunately, many writers find that a tactful, well-timed follow-up can significantly boost their chances of landing the assignment. Just ask Steph Auteri, a freelance writer, editor and career coach based in New Jersey, who says, …

By Susan Johnston | Published: August 6, 2012

Do I italicize the title of a short story? What about poem titles?

Q: Do I italicize the title of a short story? What about poem titles? A: Titles of individual short stories and poems go in quotation marks. The titles of short story and poetry collections should be italicized. For example, “The Intruder,” a short story by Andre Dubus appears in his collection, Dancing After Hours. This can get …

By Brandi Reissenweber | Published: August 2, 2012

25 tips to sharpen your writing

Want to learn some ways to strengthen, energize, clarify and trim your works? Here are a few tricks of the trade from a Writer editor

By Ronald Kovach | Published: June 12, 2012

A lawyer-turned-writer’s contest bets paid off

After 25 years as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles, I made the nail-biting decision in 2006 to pursue my long-deferred dream of being a novelist. I spent the next two years writing a legal thriller, and, while that was collecting agent rejections, the following two years crafting a literary novel based on a true …

By Chuck Greaves | Published: June 5, 2012