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How to Prep for a Writer’s Conference

How to Prep for a Writer’s Conference @KatieMcCoach Attending a writer’s conference is a whirlwind of activity; meeting wonderful people, learning new things, and growing your career. It’s amazing. It’s exhausting. When I went to RWA in 2014 it was hands-down the best writer event I had ever been to. I’ve since been to a […]

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You Are Not Alone – The Struggles of Being a Freelance Writer

You Are Not Alone – The Struggles of Being a Freelance Writer Guest post by Scott Mullins Whenever I mention to people that I’m a writer, and after I shatter their ideas that I sit around in my underwear with a glass of scotch, chain-smoking and writing about mythical worlds, they expect that as I […]

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Why You Should Work with an Editor Before Pitching an Agent

Sending your manuscript out to agents and editors for possible representation and publication is exciting, but mostly terrifying. You hope that your query will make a good enough impression and that an agent will be intrigued and request the full manuscript! How do you guarantee yourself the best chance of hooking — and then landing […]

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5 Things Authors Can Outsource to a Virtual Assistant

Guest post by Jordan Hansen Writing is generally a pretty solitary thing. You get your coffee, your laptop, and a comfy chair, maybe you put on a highly curated playlist, and you go. Because writing is so personal in nature, it’s not usually considered a task that can be shared. While I would agree with the […]

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What Makes a Reader and Character Connect

Guest post by Ryan Lanz How does a reader connect with a character? This is a well-debated question, and one that many authors have asked themselves. It can mean the difference between a novel’s life and death. “Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more […]

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