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March 2019

Melissa Blake

Peeling back the layers

By Melissa Blake

How one writer found a career, a community, and a voice through blogging.

Features

Like a rolling stone

By K. L. Romo

Famed publicist Meryl Moss shares her best tips for gaining marketing momentum in an overcrowded publishing landscape.

Making social media matter

By Ryan G. Van Cleave

Stop wasting time and start building a career with these tried-and-true tips.

Selling your words

By Josh Sippie

It’s essential for every author to have an online presence. Here’s your guide for getting started.

Announcing the winners of our 2018 Flash Contest

By multiple authors

We asked writers from around the world to submit their very best work in any genre. The catch? Each entry had to be less than 1,000 words.

Beyond a list of adjectives

By Jessica Stilling

Creating truly memorable characters requires time, patience, and trust.

Departments

FROM THE FRONT LINES

On specificity

By Yi Shun Lai

Concrete details can sharpen fuzzy prose and raise emotional stakes. Here’s how.

FREELANCE SUCCESS

Information overload

By Pete Croatto

Twitter’s content can inspire or fill you with dread. Avoiding the latter requires restraint and a reality check.

WRITING ESSENTIALS

Texting Mr. Henshaw

By Jen Petro-Roy

Writing epistolary novels in the modern age.

LITERARY SPOTLIGHT

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

By Melissa Hart

This online journal seeks poetry and prose that packs a big punch into a very small space.

CONFERENCE INSIDER

Pacific Northwest Writers Association

By Melissa Hart

This Seattle-based conference effectively balances art with business – and has a long list of alumni success stories to prove it.

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