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Gigi Will Know
How does one find submission guidelines for nonfiction magazines? I’ve been looking up specific magazines online and can only find information about how to subscribe. (I am new at this.) —FOOT IN THE DOOR Dear Foot in the Door, You say you’re new at
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Classifieds
READERS should use caution when entering into any legal contract with a literary service offering agenting-type assistance; publishers who charge, rather than pay, an author for publication; publishers who require a purchase before publication and co
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Charting Joy
One of my favorite ways to deal with a problem is to bury it in the darkest corner of my mind and try to forget it exists. Hey, I didn’t say best. I said favorite. Because it’s certainly the coping strategy my mind reaches for first when presented wi
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Senior Editor Nicki Porter Contributing Editor Melissa Hart Copy Editor Toni Fitzgerald James Applewhite, Andre Becker, Eve Bunting, Roy Peter Clark, Lewis Burke Frumkes, Gail Godwin, Eileen Goudge, Rachel Hadas, John Jakes, John Koethe, Lois Lowry,
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This Month On Writermag.com
We’re busy getting ready for our 2021 contest season, and we know it’s going to be an exciting one. Bookmark writermag.com/contests now so you never miss a writing competition. February’s the perfect time to celebrate romance. Join us on our blog as
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Staying organized
This coil-bound, undated planner is designed specifically for novel writers, featuring dedicated sections for character development, writing goals, world mapping, and story structure, among others. It also contains tracking pages for word count, expe
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Fall Off The Log
As I write this, we’re on the eve of an important election here in the United States. I’ve done very little today, and I think tomorrow may be a wash as well. These are the kinds of days when it is super hard to concentrate. But these are also the ki
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The final spellcheck
IT should go without saying that any manuscript that we submit for publication should be so free of sin and error that it will go straight to heaven the very second that the end comes. Perfection should be baseline. Or, at least, near-perfection. I w
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Setting the table
A table of contents is an odd little thing: usually forgotten in the heat of creating a first draft but so useful to focus, shape, and pace later drafts. At some point during the second draft – possibly a “blocked” day, when a manuscript’s progressio
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10 COMMON romance TROPES
No matter if it’s a closed-door, wholesome love story or provocative erotica, every good romance has a central theme, or “trope,” as the foundation. A trope is the basic premise around which the story is centered. At first glance, tropes can seem pro
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75 Writing prompts
Stuck inside? Let these exercises and exploratory questions transport you. 1. What’s your most memorable trip? Not necessarily your favorite, but rather a voyage so vivid and distinct in your memory that you can recall everything in the clearest deta
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Romance Slam Jam Book Lovers’ Convention
Twenty-five years ago, Black romance authors started the Romance Slam Jam – an annual gathering for authors of color and the readers who love them. The five-day event attracts writers from a wide variety of marginalized communities. RSJ Chairperson B
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Zoom-onomics 101
I don’t think I really knew what Zoom was until I needed to take a crash course in it in order to teach my first pandemic-era Novel Writing class at The Gotham Writers Workshop. The very day that Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all public buildi
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Vestal Review
Aesop’s fables, those very short stories involving tortoises and hares and mice and such, are considered by many to be the first flash fiction. In more contemporary times, we have the literary flash magazine Vestal Review, founded in March 2000. Vest
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Markets
Writing conferences are packed with panel discussions, keynote speeches, and workshops to help hone your writing. Because of COVID, most workshops have gone virtual for 2021. It’s worth double-checking their plans as changes are happening each day. H
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Markets
Sad but true: Money often stands in the way of a writer finishing the next bestseller. And it shouldn’t. There are many opportunities, including awards and grants, to get extra cash in order to quit your third job and devote more time to writing. Ano
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WriteOnCon
Long before COVID-19 forced writing conference directors to move their gatherings online, there was WriteOnCon – a three-day remote conference for writers and illustrators of children’s and young adult books. The 11-year-old event takes place in 2021
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Gigi Will Know
I had an agent contact me for representation in April 2019. Per her request, I emailed her my manuscript and proposal. She really liked my story, a memoir, and was complimentary of my writing. In our first phone call, I asked her if she had read my e
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The Writer
Senior Editor Nicki Porter Contributing Editor Melissa Hart Copy Editor Toni Fitzgerald James Applewhite, Andre Becker, Eve Bunting, Roy Peter Clark, Lewis Burke Frumkes, Gail Godwin, Eileen Goudge, Rachel Hadas, John Jakes, John Koethe, Lois Lowry,
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Coming In From The Cold
Each year, when temperatures dip and the days start getting shorter, a primal urge to start stocking up for winter hits like clockwork. My pantry fills with dried beans, cellar vegetables, herbal tea, and hearty grains. Closing the freezer door soon
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Home [office] improvement
Tiny apartment? You still deserve a proper workspace. This affordable, mobile option is both sleek and space-efficient, allowing you to stow it away out of sight when your workday ends. $124, wayfair.com Free up limited desk space for your monitor wi
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Got A Shiny New Idea?
It’s a new year already. Can you believe it? Let’s jump right into it: No matter how many think pieces you’ve read on how New Year’s resolutions don’t work and how it’s pointless to set big ones, you probably have some goals in mind for 2021. Maybe y
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This Month On Writermag.com
This contest will be over before you know it! Submit your best work of fiction in 2,000 words or less before Dec. 8 for your chance to win $1,000 and publication in our magazine. Enter now at writermag.com/contests. Download our free Winter Guide to
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New Year, New Goals
Well, January is going to be the month you start. Sound good? Here’s how to apply some structure to the situation. Ask yourself: What’s stopping me from writing this? Fear? Is it not knowing where to start? Not knowing how to start? If it’s fear: Loo
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Balancing Act
The only indication that things have gone awry is the sound of her voice. I hear her chatting, her words all a rush. There’s no way she’s that excited about a math lesson. Still, I hesitate to check on her. I’m working on a piece that’s due in just a
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“We Have To Band Together”
A full-time freelance writer for four years, Maressa Brown wants to “lift others up to pursue this type of work” and live the life she used to dream about while tethered to a desk in an office, chasing what she mistakenly thought was the model New Yo
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Winter reset
First things first: Picture me in London on a wet Sunday afternoon, wrapped in a wooly shawl, hot cocoa mug in hand, staring at the autumn rain and another six months of seasonal home confinement. Or is the forced time at home actually a gift? This y
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BUILDING AN on-camera WARDROBE
I never thought I’d want or need a personal shopper or stylist. I write books about fashion! I’m perfectly capable of dressing myself. And, unlike a lot of people who seek out these services, I genuinely love shopping, both online and IRL. The idea o
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Skipping Stones Multicultural Magazine
In 2020, Asian-American teen Miriam Awan attended the Glendale March for Black Lives in Southern California and then published “Hope in the Time of Covid-19: a Student Perspective” in the September-December issue of Skipping Stones Multicultural Maga
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Writing With A Heart And Soul
One of the best pieces of fan mail Alexandra Diaz ever received came in the form of a thank you note from a young reader to his grandmother, which the woman then forwarded to her. “The child had written something along the lines of, ‘I really enjoyed
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