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How Publicity Helps Writing Careers: A Case Study

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At some point, almost every writer asks: How will publicity help my career? 

The truth is, like with so many other writer’s life issues, there is no single answer.  But there are some general scenarios that can help guide our thinking, and this past month I had the privilege of seeing an author I’ve helped live out one of the success stories we all can hope for.

February 5, 2014 | Sharon Bially


Freelance Secret #3: Steal Story Ideas from Your Own Life

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It can be maddening to sit down with a stack of magazines and try to come up with a list of solid pitches. If you’re like me, most of the ideas that come off the top of your head are so obvious you’d be embarrassed to send them to an editor.   

You see Brad Pitt on the cover of GQ and think, “Hey, I wonder if they’ve ever considered interviewing George Clooney!”

February 4, 2014 | Calvin Hennick

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Pep Talk: Inspiring Quotes for Writers

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Quotes that inspire us as writers are very personal, I find. So here are a few of my own inspirational writing quotes. May you find at least one or two that are helpful to you. Enjoy!

“Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well

January 17, 2014 | Susan Williams

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The Most Important Question

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"I refuse to write for more people than I can listen to."

That quote, from the poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, has been tacked to my writing wall for years now, as a beacon. A guiding principle. Every now and then it becomes less theoretical, more practical - and therefore more of a challenge. A test, where I again consider and choose to either affirm or deny it as a truth to which I subscribe.

November 22, 2013 | Ron MacLean

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Slaying Genre: Ghost Season

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It’s almost that time. Next week, we stuff ourselves to bursting and look toward the flash and familial insanity that ends the year with an overabundance of tinsel, torn wrapping paper, and midnight champagne toasts. For many of us, it feels bittersweet, especially because this time of year is so haunted with the people, places, and expectations we’ve left behind (or have left us behind).

November 21, 2013 | KL Pereira

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