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A Snapshot of My Writing Process

Photo by Cameron Degelia. I have been writing professionally – as in, someone’s paid me for it – for the past twenty years. In the course of these years, I’ve developed my own writing routines, found my voice, and developed my process.  I’ve even gone so far as to coach …

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Tips From a Romance-Turned-Mainstream Novelist

Under the pen name Anna Schmidt, Jo Schmidt has written over thirty novels that have collectively sold over half a million copies. She is also the author of Parkinson’s Disease for Dummies and several books on eldercare published by AARP. Her latest novel, The Winterkeeper (March 2019) is her first …

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Mystery!

Flickr Creative Commons: David Goehring Who doesn’t love a good mystery, eh?  In the book publishing biz, in North America at least, we use that term for a specific story format: murder mystery.  However, mystery is a broader concept.  It covers anything that is secret, unexplained or unknown. People can …

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What White Writers Should Know About Telling Black Stories

We often live in different communities and socialize in separate circles, and yet when it’s time to write our novels, a few daring souls attempt to cross the racial divide. As a Black writer, I must say it’s sometimes awkward at best. The publishing industry has been vocal in recent …

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Making Room for Silence

image by Giulia van Pelt One of the secrets to balancing a busy life is doing more than one thing at a time. We listen to audiobooks while we drive, manage a hands-off dinner with our Instant Pots, send work emails from our phones in the grocery store checkout line, …

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Catherine McKenzie and I’ll Never Tell

We’re always excited to share bookish news when it comes to WU contributor and bestselling author Catherine McKenzie. Her upcoming thriller I’ll Never Tell released today! It was chosen as one of the most anticipated mystery/thrillers by Goodreads for 2019. A graduate of McGill University in History and Law, Catherine …

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WU UnConference Early Bird Rate Ends at Midnight (EST)

Today is the last day to secure Early Bird pricing for the Writer Unboxed UnConference—an event focused on craft (not business), on building strength as a writer, and on forging authentic connections within the writing community. Some of our UnConference sessions and workshops will be held at the visitor’s center for …

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When Your Story Hits Too Close to Home

Please welcome Lisa Barr to WU today! Lisa is the author of the upcoming novel, THE UNBREAKABLES (Harper) releasing on June 4th. The book promises to be, “A delicious, sharp novel about a woman who jets off to France after her perfect marriage collapses, putting the broken pieces of herself …

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Soothing Words for Bad Reviews

Please welcome bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers to Writer Unboxed today! Randy’s latest novel, WAISTED, tackles the hot and important topic of body image. More about Randy from her bio. Randy Susan Meyers’ novels are informed by over twenty years working with criminal offenders and families impacted by emotional and …

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Roger Johns-Write Tired, Edit Rested

Author Roger Johns So far in my Author Up Close series, you’ve met Fiona Zedde, an author whose hybrid approach to publishing has allowed her to live and work anywhere in the world and Linda Seed, a self-publishing success story who made more from a single ad placement than many …

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