Access articles, forms, and other resources to help you in your writing career. From submitting to literary journals to finding the right agent, from managing your expectations of your publisher to marketing and promoting your work, these resources offer tips and guidance for success at every stage of your publishing career.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Self-Promotion

This guide will help you navigate the pitfalls of self-promotion and help you get your work into the hands of readers who will appreciate it.

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Cold Pitching for the Web: Be Practical, Be Yourself

Tried and true advice on how to cold pitch to increase your chances of being published and establishing fruitful and ongoing relationships with editors.

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Escape the Slush Pile

This pre-submission checklist, combined with time, patient self-editing, and honest self-assessment, can help your story become that needle in the haystack that editors are looking for.

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Financial Management for Freelance Writers

Working from home might seem like “living the dream,” but being a full-time freelance writer can be a nightmare if you don’t know how to manage your time and money.

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What to Expect When You’re Publishing: Publicity 101

So your book is on its way to publication. You’re almost done with your edits. You and your publisher have debated and chosen a book jacket, and confirmed an on-sale date. Now, it’s time to meet your cheerleading captain: The Book Publicist.

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Life After the MFA

So you got an MFA—now what? We address some of the main challenges you’re likely to face as a new MFA graduate, along with advice to overcome them.

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To MFA or not to MFA?

Getting your MFA in creative writing can be both extremely rewarding and extremely challenging. How can you decide if it’s right for you?

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Lit Mag Submissions 101

This guide will give you an overview of how magazines work, and what you can do to give your own manuscript the best shot at being accepted.

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How to Submit a Book without an Agent

If you are seeking publication without an agent, it helps to have a few things in mind as you enter the process.

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An Author’s Guide to Creating Successful Book Events

Unless a book has incredible advance sales or the author is very well known (and many times not even then) bookstores are not going to contact an author to do a book event. How then, do you get yourself into the stores? The answer is self-promotion.

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Things Every Writer Should Know Before Signing 
a Book Contract

Under the publishing agreement you signed for your latest book, you are most likely responsible for any legal claims that might arise out of it. If a claim goes to trial, you could be on the hook for your legal fees and your publisher’s, not to mention damages if you lose—a lot of money either way.

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Helpful Stuff

Features directories, listings, and organizations that may be useful to authors, including copyright, publishing, publicity and agent information.

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