#5OnFri: Five Benefits of Pitch Sessions

Happy Friday, Word Nerds! We’re now well and truly into summer and conference season has begun! In fact, Gabriela and Emily are attending Thrillerfest right now. In a few weeks, Sarah will be attending the Romance Writers of America Conference, and a week after that, Gabriela and I will be at Writers Digest. And this… Read more »

Be Well, Write Well: Do A Character Study on Yourself

Welcome to the first installment of “Be Well, Write Well,” a column about writing wellness! I’m Leanne Sowul, writer, reader and educator. In this series, we’ll explore our potential for living healthy, happy lives that balance writing passion with overall wellness. Are you ready to dive in with me? Let’s grow and learn together! Writers… Read more »

#5OnFri5 Things I’m Totally Psyched for at Thrillerfest

Thrillerfest is in just two weeks. Hear that? That’s my scream of glee. ThrillerFest is an annual conference for writers organized by International Thriller Writers (ITW). The event, now in its tenth year, brings together thousands of writers, agents, publishers and other industry professionals together each year. To borrow from Anchorman, it’s kind of a… Read more »

How to Build a Marketing List

You’ve sweated through your drafts, labored countless hours by candlelight, walking to your writing shed 10 miles through the snow, with nothing but your five year old Converse.  Well, maybe not, but it was freakin’ hard, just the same.  You’re finally done.  At least as done as you’re gonna get.  You can’t make it any… Read more »

Build Your Platform With Flash Fiction

With the publishing landscape changing, there is a heavy focus on the author platform. As writers, we are no longer required to just write. We need to write, master social media, maintain a spiffy website, and populate a blog. We have to become real people to our readers and potential readers. The world requires more… Read more »

The Five Best Social Media Tools to Manage Your Author Platform

So you’re putting in the work and growing your author platform. High fives. But whether you’ve decided it’s time to become a master of all things Pinterest or simply resolved to tweet once every single day, the demands of maintaining a platform can easily become overwhelming. Don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s the Internet. But… Read more »

#5OnFri: Five Tips for a Fantastic Trip to BEA

BEA is one of the year’s biggest book conferences, bringing together writers, editors, publicists, bloggers, agents and basically anyone else working in or around the publishing industry, for three jam-packed days. Whether you’ve been every year or haven’t ever gone before, here are a few things to keep in mind to make your BEA experience a… Read more »

Writing Groups: How to Talk to Other Writers

Picture this: You finally sit down to write your first novel. You’ve been brainstorming it for years, since childhood really, and thinking about it has taken over your life. It gnaws at you , creeps down your fingertips and through your pores until you have no choice but to sit down and write it. You’re… Read more »