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Where Writers Write to Get It Right
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Tracy K. Smith has been named the 22nd poet laureate of the United States. Smith's poetry has won her such top awards in her field as the James Laughlin Award, an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, and, for her 2011 collection Life on Mars, the Pulitzer Prize.

Writing business tip: Don't be caught short or look out of date. Schedule regular calendar reminders to review your promo materials, website, & social media accounts for updating, reordering.

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Writers, no need to wait till fall. There are good reasons to submit to agents during summer.

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Not all jokes make it to final draft. One factor to weigh: "A joke that doesn’t directly advance the plot can stay if it’s organic to the story, evolving from the character or situation."

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Kate DiCamillo: 473 rejection letters in 6yrs before deal for 1st novel, Newbery Medal Winning BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE http://bit.ly/2riFSLI

A writer just shared with me this tip about how she avoids the negative inner voice guilt stuff when she gets stuck: She declares that day "Reading Day" because reading is an important part of writing. She then reads critically and comes to her project the next day with a positive mindset and new inspiration.

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An interesting glimpse into how publishers are adapting to the audio book boom 

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First card catalogs, then MARC, and now.... The Librarian of Congress re next phase of library cataloguing

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I generally encourage picture book writers to avoid statements that explicitly tell how the character feels. Here's how you avoid "telling" but get the feels going on anyway. 

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The Authors Guild is rolling out a Guide to e-Publishing on a chapter-by-chapter basis, as part of a broader new online Writers' Resource Library. 
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