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Helping Authors Make the Best Decisions for Their Careers
Helping Authors Make the Best Decisions for Their Careers

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Much like the eternal squishing of “all right” into“alright,” “all ready” is often forgotten in lieu of “already.”

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"By far the most common entry-level mistake in the writing game, the thing that can get a perfectly good story rejected by an editor on the first page, is overwriting: a writing voice that is laden with energy and adjectives, that tries too hard, that is self-conscious in a way that detracts from the story, that is obviously the work of a writer trying to poeticize a story that doesn’t stand a chance." —Larry Brooks

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Memoir, as William Dean Howells said, is the “most democratic province of the republic of letters.” Indeed, the genre is evidence that every person in the world has a worthy story to tell, that it’s not what the story is but how it’s told that engages a reader.

Professor Nell Boeschenstein has designed a new, five-week online course that introduces writers to this generous genre and to start them down the path of putting their own stories to paper. 

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"No pressure, but the opening of your book is the gatekeeper in determining whether your novel will sell. If your opening is weak, it won’t matter if chapter two is a masterpiece." —Hallie Ephron

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You don't have to follow writers' guidelines to land good freelance assignments—plus learn about other rules you can break.

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Next time someone asks me how they can get started writing their memoir, I'm sending this post. Thanks, Cyndy Etler!

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"It’s possible to write a novel while employed at a job, but let’s face it: at the end of a long, hard week, it’s very difficult to find the time and energy to produce truly great work." Kathleen Jones offers insights on pursuing writing as a second-act career.

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“Bob disarmed the guard and killed the seven men behind him.” That's the kind of thing you want to avoid when writing fiction. Here's why.

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"What rankles me about the Ira Glass clip is that he seems to be implying that taste is a static, reliable inclination...He seems to be describing a fixed endpoint toward which one toils away as opposed to a target that moves constantly over the course of a lifetime." —Nell Boeschenstein

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Since 2012, the share of Big Five publishers has declined by 12% between 2012-2015; small publishers and self-published authors gained 23% market share combined, due to their lower pricing—according to Nielsen.
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