How to Submit to Literary Magazines
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Start here: “Literary Journals & Magazines” is a guide to the basics via Poets & Writers. If we want to be seen in print, we perhaps we should also support print with our subscriptions. Poets & Writers has been the … Read More

One Space, Two Space
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One space after the period or two spaces? This is one of the more hotly—and tediously—debated issues in writerly circles. (Another is the serial comma.) I’m a one-spacer myself. That’s  Chicago Manual of Style dictum, and I have been doing … Read More

How to Manage Criticism
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Writers invite criticism. We share our work with other writers and seek their advice; we submit our writing to editors and mentors for feedback; and we send our precious creations out into the world hoping they’ll be accepted for publication. … Read More

Effective Email Marketing for Authors
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Email remains one of the most least expensive and most effective vehicles for marketing. Are you using it effectively? Here’s something that happens a lot. I receive a short email inviting me to a book release party. I scan it … Read More

Life Advice
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Never leave home without your backup dancers.

When Ladies Meet (1941)
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Joan Crawford plays a novelist in this film. You know how you can tell she’s a writer? She wears glasses with her spectacular gowns.

21 Ways to Not Finish a First Draft
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Writers can come up with a lot of reasons for not finishing a first draft, and some of them even sound plausible. I know the real reasons. (And I’ve got a solution.) Fall in love with the thrill of new … Read More

Vulture or Eagle?
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The other day, as I drove onto the asphalt parking lot that surrounds my condo association, I saw a huge turkey vulture standing in my path. Even though I drove close, he didn’t budge and kept tearing at something with … Read More

The Watcher
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In an article I’ve saved for a long time, Gail Godwin names her inner critic the “Watcher at the Gate.” The Watcher is “the intellect that examines too closely the ideas pouring in at the gates … passionately dedicated to … Read More

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