Building Your Writing Career While Working Full Time

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by Lisa Jordan For the past 15 years, I’ve owned and operated my own state-registered in-home childcare program. My days are very busy and extremely noisy, but I reap many incredible blessings. In 2011 I received my first publishing contract, so for the past two years, I’ve been juggling [...]

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Thomas Pynchon understands the power of conspiracy theories

Thomas Pynchon understands the power of conspiracy theories


Topics: Books , Writers and Writing , Novels , Thomas Pynchon , Terrorism , National security , Internet , L.A. Review of Books , Entertainment News This article originally appeared on the L.A. Review of Books . A HALF CENTURY into his career, one thing is clear:  Thomas Pynchon [...]

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Don’t Be Afraid of Indie Publishing


Let me be clear­—I don’t take sides. I appreciate the self-published author, the author published by a small press, and the New York-published author. Because you know what? No matter what publishing route any of us decide to take, we are all still authors . We write because we [...]

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Top 5 Tools for the Not-Yet-Published Writer

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by Laura McClellan As a lifelong student of the writing craft, I’ve heard and read lots of good advice, tons of suggestions for essential tools for those of us who are working toward a career as a writer. I thought I’d offer my suggestions for the top five tools [...]

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by M.M. Vaughan


This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by M.M. Vaughan, author of THE ABILITY ) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent [...]

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Storydrive Speaker Drew Davidson on Augmented Reality Storytelling

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Drew Davidson will be part of the StoryDrive program at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 11 October, where he’ll be a panelist discussing “Augmented Reality Storytelling: It’s the End of the Story as We Know It.” Drew Davidson Interview by  Susanne Tenzler Reality has many faces. So does fiction. [...]

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6 Keys to Revising Your Fiction

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1) Make sure you’re in love. I’m not a genius, my stories are not born lovely and perfect, their language strong, their plot lean and exciting. I have to work at it—a lot. And I don’t mind, because I enjoy editing. But I know there’s a big difference between [...]

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The Beloved Character

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by Phyllis Keels I used to have a hard time causing my main characters to go through hardship, suffering, or even to allow them to experience conflict or pain. That was before I understood its purpose. That was before I personally understood its purpose. Suffering is not pleasant and [...]

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Author Interview: J.C. Carleson, Author of WORK LIKE A SPY: BUSINESS TIPS FROM A FORMER CIA OFFICER

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It’s time to meet another author who got a literary agent & book deal — so we can learn from their path to success. This interview is with J.C. Carleson , a former undercover CIA officer. She spent nine years conducting clandestine operations around the globe before trading the [...]

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What A Writer Needs

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by Dani Pettrey Every writer is different and every writer has different needs while writing. I always write with a piece of dark chocolate and a coffee drink (Mocha, Americano, etc.) at hand. I always write my first drafts longhand, and I’m pretty particular about the notebooks and pens [...]

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