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How Long Is a Piece of String?

Photo by Ben van Meerendonk / AHF collective IISG Later this week, I will put in my final hours at my day job. For the first time since I was eight years old, I won’t have a job, but I won’t be unemployed. Instead, I’ll be self-employed as a full-time …

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When Zero Is Greater Than One

Flickr Creative Commons: Amtec Photos During the early days—correction, decade—of my writing career, before I had either an agent or a publishing deal, I often felt a kind of desperation. When would it finally be my turn? When would I see my work in print? Would my day ever come? …

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Attempting to Control the Outcome of Book PR or Marketing Can Backfire (and Usually Does)

When your book launches, you naturally have a vision of where you’d like it to go and what you’d like to see happen. Reviews, interviews, readers, sales… Maybe fame and fortune! (Truth be told, many of us do harbor this dream deep down inside.)  Yet, whether this vision is clear …

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Self-Doubt is Not Good

Today’s guest is no stranger to the WU community; Julie Duffy has been a part of the extended WU family for years. Not only that, Julie is a generous blogger in her own right, hosting the StoryADay May and StoryADay September short story writing challenges on her website, StoryADay.org. When she …

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How to Process and Filter Feedback

Photo by Robert Gourley In my last post I talked about “which types of readers to use for feedback,” covering the pros and cons of a weekly critique group, beta readers, specialty readers, and agents and editors. Knowing where to get feedback on our work is great, but what the …

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Wait, What?

Last May, the opening scene I edited raised a lot of questions – about the characters, their relationships, their backstory – without answering them right away. Of course, no opening scene can tell you everything at once, but this one put questions out there and then moved on, leaving readers …

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Writing Through Uncertainty (With a Writerly Life Jacket)

Please forgive me in advance, but this is going to be an unusual post. Writing-life-wise, I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts, you see. And it seems to have had an effect on my WU essay routine. I normally write my WU essays about a week in advance. I …

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The Five Mistakes that Caused Me to Not Write My Column This Month

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, songwriters, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Due to circumstances surrounding Hurricane Florence, I will not be writing my “Hacks for Hacks” column this month. My family …

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Taking Care of Business: The Writer’s Edition

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash   Authorpreneur is a term often used to identify authors who embrace the business side of writing. And though the term doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, it does capture the essence of what writers who hope to make a living from their writing have …

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The Editor’s Clinic: Promise Fresh Perspective

The day after he left, I became extremely tired and took naps that lasted for hours even though I slept well at night. My morning coffee didn’t help. It was all I could do to throw bag lunches together, pour milk over bowls of Quisp, and toss the piles of …

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