What to Do While Your Book is on Submission

By Katrin Schumann

I've been on submission many times over the years. It's fun, until it's not. Or... it's fun and then gets a lot more fun. Here's what I've learned.

1) Create a serene environment around you. Preferably light a candle first thing in the morning. Not one of those scented things called Enticing Aroma's Fall Festival or, god forbid, Pumpkin Spice. Something classy and reeking of intelligence, just like you.

November 1, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

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DIY Social Media and Blog Content for Authors

In the last few years we've seen a huge shift away from text toward visual imagery dominating social media. Sharing a text blurb isn't often enough anymore. Much of the reason for this has to do with retention. Brain Rules author John Medina tells us that "we are incredible at remembering pictures. Hear a piece of information, and three days later you'll remember 10% of it. Add a picture and you'll remember 65%." It's part of the reason that Pinterest took off and why Instagram is hot right now. But for an author whose primary ...

October 27, 2017 | Crystal King

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Why We Write When The World Is On Fire

We’ve all heard the saying or seen the bumper sticker, “Make Art, Not War.” But when war is literally all around us, is it already too late? And by “war” I mean not only the military wars in Afghanistan and so many other geopolitical regions, but also war on the environment, immigrants, women, people of color, civil liberties—the list is long. What can our poems, short stories, or novels do in the face of such overwhelming political circumstances? In challenging times, should we be doing something more than making art?

October 26, 2017 | Cara Benson

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Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Erica Ferencik's The River At Night

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

This month's installment comes from Erica Ferencik's novel The River At Night.

October 25, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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