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What to do when your writing goes viral

A guide to sorting through agent offers, getting your book proposal just right, and making sure you still have more to say after a million (or more) people read your article.

Your 10 biggest grammar woes, solved

A guide to commas, clauses, commonly mixed-up words, and more, with can’t-fail tricks to keep your writing clean.

Five things literary journal editors want you to know (plus their best tips for submitting)

  Five things literary magazine editors want writers to know Many of them are volunteers. “I don’t think folks realize that a lot of the time literary magazine staff – unless they have some serious backing from a wealthy funder or from a corporation (like Medium) or a university – may be working for FREE (or … Read More “Five things literary journal editors want you to know (plus their best tips for submitting)”

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Jandy Nelson
Jandy Nelson. Photo by Sonya Sones

Jandy Nelson: Painting outside the lines

Think YA can’t be literary? Meet Jandy Nelson – and watch her lyrical language bring fully formed protagonists to life

Manuscript Mistakes
Don’t make these manuscript mistakes. Photo by durantelallera/Shutterstock

9 manuscript mistakes only first-timers make (and how to fix them)

The first self-published book I edited was written by a longtime newspaper reporter. Seasoned and self-confident, he decided to set sources aside and pen a novel, his first work of fiction. He told me he didn’t think he needed an editor, but a novelist friend had advised him to get another pair of eyes on … Read More “9 manuscript mistakes only first-timers make (and how to fix them)”

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Ross Gay
Ross Gay

Ross Gay: Finding joy in the process

The writer spins essays and poems by observing the world around him and questioning his relationship to it. He is delighted by what he sees.

#RutBusterBook: Getting to know you

Building characters is a critical – and, I’m learning, quite difficult – part of writing a book.