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A blueprint for how to be a successful author
Over the course of 27 books, the author developed a set of rules to make the writing life go more smoothly.
Savvy self-marketing can help make a bestseller
When it comes to marketing their books, writers no longer have the luxury of holing up in their garret. Here's a primer on self-publicity.
A bestselling author offers a wealth of advice on picking the right topic for nonfiction narratives, crafting great beginnings and pruning your prose.
Need a diversion?
Entering offbeat writing contests may seem amusing, but some of the prizes are nothing to laugh at.
Setting is more than a place
Proper use of setting may be the missing piece you need to make your fiction compelling.
That irresistible urge
The winner of the 2003 Writer/Journey Conference essay contest writes to connect with others.
Looking as good as you write
Present your pitches in an attractive writing packet and you'll boost your odds of success.
Paint your prose with color
Use color evocatively in your writing and it can help bring your fictional world to life; use it poorly and you'll sound like an amateur.
The prolific Nora Roberts on creating winning protagonists, Alice Walker on the benefits of taking a break from writing, and other literary notes.
If at first you don't succeed ...
Revising and rethinking his suspense thriller helped the writer land a contract with Random House Ballantine.
Creating an Internet discussion group for writers
If you've ever thought about creating an Internet discussion group for writers, here are some things to know.
Create an online portfolio
Developing an online portfolio is an attractive way to provide clips with your queries. Here's a look at how to do it.
Make the most of your time
Doing the ugly tasks first and making lists are some of this writer's tried-and-true suggestions for effective time management.
New collections on writing
Review of two new anthologies: The Writing Life: Writers on How They Think and Work: A Collection From the Washington Post Book World, and Writers on Writing, Vol. II: More Collected Essays From The New York Times.
In publishing, size matters
The era of giant publishing has changed the rules of the game for writers, as well as book editors and agents.
Giving 'em the business
Writing about business is a potentially lucrative way to expand your freelancing reach. Here's a five-step guide to breaking in.
This month, information on 133 major book publishers (including imprints) and university presses.
How I write
For Peter Robinson, writing a suspenseful mystery novel and saying something meaningful are not contradictory endeavors.
Off the cuff
Pen, paper and the mind: Rules for writing
The author of Writing Down the Bones offers a few guiding principles gained from her Zen teacher, Jack Kerouac--and a rainy day in her youth.