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Do Authors Really Need to be a "Brand"?

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When I teach workshops on writing and/or publishing, I often start out by asking writers to work on the "one-liner" for their projects, whether fiction, nonfiction, or collections. I encourage them to try winnowing it down to just one line — and no, that single line can't comprise 200 words.

Usually someone will ask, sometimes a little aggressively, "Why?" The subtext is perfectly reasonable: their book or collection is too complex to be expressed in one line

Katrin Schumann

When Being a Writer Means Playing the Waiting Game

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By Katrin Schumann

You may have heard, these days many writers are waiting. Waiting to hear back from their overwhelmed agents. Waiting to hear from busy publishers. Waiting for Covid to really be OVER so they can do live book events again. Waiting for inspiration becuase they're exhausted by the last year and a half. Waiting because their release dates have been moved (again).

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading The Writing Life

September Online Classes

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Fall is on its way! And you know what that means: it’s time to get writing. If you're busy getting back into the swing of things after the dog days of summer, we’ve got good news for you: our new batch of online classes have no live meetings! That means you can log in and learn from anywhere using our interactive and super easy-to-use platform, Wet Ink. Our online classes fit perfectly between vigorous work schedules, leaf-peeping, schooldays, and grabbing the last cup of hot apple cider from Boston Public Market!

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July Online Classes

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Summer is officially here! And you know what that means: it’s time to get writing. If you want to keep up with your writing while catching rays, we’ve got good news for you: our new batch of online classes have no live meetings! That means you can log in and learn from anywhere: the beach (don’t get sunscreen on your keyboard), a hammock in your backyard, under a willow tree at your local park, the teacup ride at Disneyland (we are not liable for any motion sickness that may result from this suggestion).

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What to Do After Attending a Writing Conference

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Writers attending conferences - like last week's The Muse & The Marketplace 2021 - tend to react to the experience in one of two ways: despair or elation.

 

Camp #1 is overwhelmed with information. Too much of the advice they absorbed seemed contradictory or overly complicated. They’re not sure they even like agents and editors anymore. And dammit, if all those other attendees are trying to get published, how do they stand a chance? 

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice Grub News The Writing Life