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Article: Should Writers Blog? The Answer Might Surprise You

By Taylor Harbin | Oct 21, 2016

So, should writers blog?

Yes. Absolutely.

But also, no.

Depending on the way you blog, your blog can be a powerful marketing tool… or a damaging, time-draining liability. Here’s how to foster the first and avoid the latter.

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Article: Common Publishing Terms and Their Meaning

By Taylor Harbin | Oct 14, 2016

You’ve secured an offer from a prestigious publishing company. You’re so excited that you want to sign the dotted line right away.


A publishing contract will make or break your novel and possibly your career. Sign something you don’t understand, and you might end up trapped in a terrible deal. Here are some basic terms to master before you sign.

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Article: How Long Should My Story Be?

By Andrew Knighton | Oct 5, 2016

Different lengths of story serve very different purposes. Partly this is about the art: how big is the idea you want to explore, and how many words will it take? But it’s also about your path as a writer. Different story lengths are useful in different ways.

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Article: How to Query a Literary Agent

By Taylor Harbin | Sep 30, 2016

You’ve researched your agents, and you’ve set your eyes on a specific one. Pitching him in a writing conference doesn’t work out for you for whatever reason. It’s time for the dreaded query. How do you approach this daunting project?

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Article: Pitching to a Book Agent at a Conference

By Taylor Harbin | Sep 27, 2016

So you’ve chosen the literary agent of your dreams, and he’s coming to a writing conference near you. How do you pitch your novel and get him or her to represent you? Here are some tips.

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Article: Three Steps to Finding the Right Literary Agent

By Taylor Harbin | Sep 26, 2016

Choosing a literary agent is like choosing a babysitter for your baby. You’ll be entrusting your precious work, perhaps even your future as an author, to the hands of a stranger. Whom do you trust? Where do you look?

Here are some tips that will set you on the right path.

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Article: The Pros and Cons of Getting a Literary Agent

By Taylor Harbin | Sep 23, 2016

So you’ve chosen the time-consuming, time-honored path of trade publishing. Now what? In a world where thousands of writers vie for attention, how do you get noticed? Which company should you submit to? What makes a fair publishing contract? And how do you protect your rights?

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Article: Effective Writing Routines and How to Get One

By Alex J Coyne | Sep 21, 2016

“How the f*ck do you write so many books so fast?”

That was George R.R. Martin’s burning question for fellow author Stephen King during a recent interview in Albuquerque, NY. (Skip to 50:20 for the exchange.) King replied with his writing routine of six pages a day.

Skills/Lifestyle: Productivity  

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