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March 2020

Anica Mrose Rissi

Ways to level up

By Anica Mrose Rissi

Ready to take your writing to the next level? Here’s how.


Game plan

By Marika Flatt

20 steps to promote your book (or brand) in 2020.

Get your book in front of a crowd

By Kerrie Flanagan

How authors can use speaking and teaching engagements to promote their work.

Blogging in 2020: Waste of time or a writer’s best friend?

By Ryan G. Van Cleave

Thinking of starting a blog? Here are 5 reasons you shouldn’t…and 3 reasons you should.

How to cure a case of writer’s block

By Dana Shavin

Feeling stuck in your manuscript, craft, or career? Here are 15 of the most common problems that can stall a writer’s progress – plus key strategies for overcoming each one.


From the Front Lines

Finding your stride

By Yi Shun Lai

The secret to good writing that never confuses, bores, or leads the reader astray? It’s all in the timing.

Freelance Success

Writing with kids, part III

By Pete Croatto

It’s all about submitting to the chaos. Here’s why you should do that to save your sanity.

Literary Spotlight

The First Line

By Melissa Hart

Conference Insider

Writers’ Police Academy MurderCon

By Melissa Hart