Career Authors: Free Online Resource & New Community for Writers

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A literary agent, two best-selling authors, an editor, and a digital strategist recently launched Career Authors, a free writing resource and a new online community for writers. Read the full post »

Gosh Darn It! Study Shows More Cussing in American Books

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There’s a significant increase in the use of swear words in American books, a sign that Americans are more accepting of taboo words, according to a recent study. The research showed that books published between 2005 and 2008 were 28 times more likely to include cussing than books published in the early 1950s. Read the full post »

Small Presses: 2 Opportunities for Unpublished Literary Novels

If you have an unpublished and unrepresented literary novel, two small presses offer an opportunity within the next few months. Coffee House Press has open submissions right now, while the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing is sponsoring a fiction contest. Read the full post »

10 Takeaways from the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

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As a lifelong allergy sufferer who needs regular allergy shots, I can’t help but say that attending the recently held Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a shot in the arm for me—as important (and more fun!) as my immunotherapy.  Let me share the top 10 things I learned from the event. Read the full post »

Guess Which Country is the Most Literate? Hint: It’s Not the U.S.

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Finland is the most literate country in the world, followed by Norway and Iceland, according to an infographic by Global English Editing. The United States is ranked seventh. Read the full post »

Halloween in the Summer? Inkshares Seeks Horror Stories

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If you write horror stories, now is your chance to scare up a book deal. The Inkshares 2017 Horror Contest will publish three or more manuscripts based on their popularity and judges’ choices. The contest is open until Halloween. Read the full post »

4 Small Presses Welcome Theme-Based Submissions from Unagented Writers

If you have a manuscript with a strong theme, check out these niche publishers that welcome works by unagented writers. They are seeking political, international, and nautical books, as well as manuscripts focusing on the American Jewish experience. Read the full post »

38 Lines from Novels and Movies You Won’t Soon Forget

Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” (1972.)

Whether it’s your kid offering a slice of pizza to his sibling or your friend volunteering to babysit, the person might say, “I’m gonna make you an offer you can’t refuse.” Many people know the line though they have never seen Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 movie, “The Godfather.” The dialogue has taken on a life of its own. There are many movies and novels like that; they are famous for zingers and memorable dialogues. Read the full post »

Private Sector Forms Group to Advocate for Public Libraries in the Face of Budget Cuts

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A group of publishers and trade associations formed the Corporate Committee for Library Investment (CCLI) to advocate for library funding and support in the face of proposed cuts or elimination of funding for public libraries. Do your part—check out the American Library Association’s awareness campaign now. Read the full post »

38 Literary Characters You Won’t Forget—For Better or For Worse

Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet in BBC’s “Pride and Prejudice” (1995).

William Faulkner’s approach to writing a character explains why some literary characters are so real.  “Once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does,” said Faulkner. Read the full post »