Month: March 2016

Books, Reading, & Libraries, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Become a Better Writer: Preserve and Improve Your Reading Skills


It’s no secret that reading and writing go hand in hand. Most successful writers are avid readers. We learn our craft by reading and dissecting the works of others. We take inspiration from them and we learn from their failures. But our reading skills may not be what they once were. New research shows that …

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Library Haul & Reading List 03/25/16


The list is very short this week and is in eBook format (thus no cool picture at the top of this post). It’s crazy around here and I haven’t even had a chance to get out to the library or read very much. I had to settle for borrowing an eBook and I’m not even …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Audience Participation #3

Audience Participation #3

Here’s our next shot at a little audience participation, fun, and creativity boosting. Use the image above as a prompt for a story, blog post, article, poem, or whatever you want to write. Post your piece (or a portion of it, if that makes you more comfortable) on whatever online service you use (Tumblr, your …

Publishing Tips & Topics

16 Things NOT to Include in a Query Letter


If you want to be published in a magazine or by a traditional book publisher, chances are that you’ll have to submit a query letter at some point. At its most basic, a query letter is simply a letter that details your project and your writing credentials to a prospective editor, agent, or publisher. Yet …