Tales of a Solopreneur: When to Formalize Your Business Entity

Tales of a Solopreneur: When to Formalize Your Business Entity

Disclaimer: DIY MFA does not provide legal, tax accounting, or financial advice. In making decisions regarding whether and when to formalize your business entity or other decisions that may have legal and/or financial ramifications, we strongly urge you to speak to a licensed attorney or financial adviser in your specific jurisdiction for the most accurate… Read more »

The Book Nook: My Spring Reading

The Book Nook: My Spring Reading

I think spring might be my favorite season for reading. (Though I will say fall is a close second.) I get to read outside where the air is crisp and full of possibilities and promise. It’s white wine and rosé season—at last. And after the long and miserable winter, full of seasonal depression, my spring… Read more »

Your Best Writing Goal Based on Your Enneagram Number

Your Best Writing Goal Based on Your Enneagram Number

One of the first things I ask a writer I’m working with is, “When do you want to be done with your book?” Sometimes people have a definite answer: “This year.” Sometimes they look at me and go, “Uhhh…”. The answer depends, of course, on how quickly they write, how much time they have to… Read more »

Episode 408: Using the "Loop Method" to Co-Write Your Novel, an Inside Look at the Writing Process—Interview with Jessi Honard and Marie Parks

Episode 408: Using the “Loop Method” to Co-Write Your Novel, an Inside Look at the Writing Process—Interview with Jessi Honard and Marie Parks

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Jessi Honard and Marie Parks. We’ll be talking about their contemporary fantasy debut, Unrelenting. Have you signed up to be a DIY MFA Radio Insider yet? This is an exciting new monthly newsletter especially for our podcast listeners. Every month, you’ll get an email from our podcast producer… Read more »

Aimlessly Acquiring an Agent

Aimlessly Acquiring an Agent

Dear Lauren, I am an aspiring writer who hopes to publish traditionally. After getting my MFA, I worked on my memoir as much as I could and began the journey of trying to secure an agent. I queried literary agents—big and small—and wanted to hit 100 rejections before revisiting my memoir and rethinking my approach…. Read more »

Kid Lit Craft: Interview with Heather Mateus Sappenfield

Kid Lit Craft: Interview with Heather Mateus Sappenfield

Hello, fellow kid lit writers! This week I have another interview to share with you from the wonderful author Heather Mateus Sappenfield.  About Heather Mateus Sappenfield Heather Mateus Sappenfield loves adventures, especially in the Rocky Mountain landscape that’s been her lifelong home. As part of women’s teams, she’s won 24-hour mountain bike races and road… Read more »

#5onFri: The Five Stages of Dealing with Rejection

#5onFri: The Five Stages of Dealing with Rejection

In life, rejection is inevitable.  In publishing, it’s an absolute.  Over the course of querying three novels and going out on submission three separate times, I have faced over five hundred rejections. And that’s not an exaggeration. Some were very difficult to handle, like the full requests that turned to no’s or the near offers… Read more »

The Copyediting Checklist: A Recipe for Clean, Clear Writing

The Copyediting Checklist: A Recipe for Clean, Clear Writing

The Copyediting Checklist: A Recipe for Clean, Clear Writing  Copyediting is the final step of writing, the one that takes your manuscript from really good to almost perfect. A lot goes into a successful copyedit—it’s more than just a quick spell-check. Today, I’m introducing the copyediting checklist you need to polish a manuscript. What Is… Read more »