Penguin Random House Editor Offers Tips on Beefing Up Supporting Characters

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Have you thought of making the supporting characters in your novel the stars of their own lives? It’s the key to developing more interesting secondary characters, according to a Penguin Random House editor. (more…)

Attention Genre Writers! 3 Small Presses Seek Unpublished Manuscripts

Genre fiction is also known as commercial fiction because of its wide reach and popular appeal. Check out these three small presses if you have a complete, unpublished manuscript in any of these genres—crime and thrillers, romance, and science fiction and fantasy. (more…)

5 Reasons Why Reading is the Key to Writing Success

FairOaksBookshelfPicbyCindyFazziWant to be a writer? Read, read, and read some more. It’s the first requirement for writing well. Don’t take my word for it, take Stephen King’s. He said: “You have to read widely, constantly refining (and redefining) your own work as you do. If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” (more…)

Pearson Remains World’s Biggest Publisher

Pearson’s sales declined by 15 percent, but it remained the world’s biggest publishing company, according to the Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly annual ranking. Total revenues for the world’s 50 biggest publishers topped $50 billion in 2016. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

Small Presses: 2 Opportunities for Unpublished Literary Novels

If you have an unpublished and unrepresented literary novel, two small presses offer an opportunity within the next few months.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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)