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Unconventional Query
Sometimes breaking the rules can get your query letter read. Image by Eny Setiyowati

The unconventional query

Whether you want to sell a magazine article, business book, or pretty much anything between, the formula is simple: 1) Send query letter. 2) Send manuscript. 3) Reap rewards. But if you’re like me, you’re probably tired of the boilerplate, tried-and-true query letters that feel stilted, stuffed, and stuck in the 1980s. Can we ignore … Read More “The unconventional query”

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Suspenseful Fiction
Learn pro tips to writing suspenseful fiction.

The art of suspenseful fiction

Keep readers on the edge of their seats with these eight pro tips.

Supercharge your creativity

Tips to supercharge your creativity

Writers share their best advice for breaking writer’s block, overcoming deadline pressure, and brainstorming new ideas.

Virgil Suárez: Reinventing a writer

The poet speaks about craft, career, and perseverance – and why politicians should be required to read poetry and bake bread at least once a year.

Social Media

Making social media matter

Over razzleberry smoothies a few years ago, a mega-famous author said to me: “You have 20 published books but only 20 followers on Twitter? Huh.” At the time, I thought she was just needling me. After all, any one of her books outsold all of mine combined by a 40 to 1 margin. But some … Read More “Making social media matter”

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Person looking at self. Image by jesdaphorn/Shutterstock

Quiz: Am I A Writer?

Do you have what it takes to be a writer today? Take this quiz and see if you’re committed to the world of words.

writing coaching

Should I hire a writing coach?

Writing coaches can boost and bolster a career. Here’s how to choose one.