Sitemap - 2023 - Before and After the Book Deal

On catharsis, airless writing, and Blake Butler's"Molly"

How to start a writing retreat in an organized and safe manner

Why sensory tags and stage directions are ruining your writing (and costing you readers)

When a debut author acts abysmally—how complicit is their publishing team?

Want to do good, feel good, and get 50% off?

Workshopping your loglines - the do-over! Plus 5 ways to "cheat" your summary material

The technique that puts fresh air into your writing and keep readers turning pages

The Garbage People on the Internet

What the heck should a chapter summary look like in a book proposal? 3 strategies for writers in the trenches.

How to write about a superficial person without superficial prose

The Friendsgiving gift that matters

Friday Office Hours: Call for loglines

6 Things to know before you NaNoWriMo

Do wine and I need to consciously uncouple?

Should you hire an independent publicist for your book launch without a guaranteed ROI?

Getting your voice out there: Writing nonfiction about your fiction

Your summer publishing questions answered, Round 5

Formatting your “comp title” section in a book proposal

What the hell is interiority and how do you get it?

Hello to new writers and your summer publishing questions answered, Round 4

A big-ass birthday discount for you and your writer friends!

Introducing "The Uh-oh Girls": The category formerly known as Sad Girl Lit, plus a MAJOR birthday discount for new subscribers coming this Sunday.

Your summer publishing questions answered: Round 3

Finding the right tone for a memoir proposal

The first in-person meeting with your book's marketing and publicity team: What to know before you go

Your summer publishing questions answered

Do you have a burning question about publishing?

How to write a beat sheet to tame unruly work

How to find comp titles for a book you haven't written yet

Query Letter Writing: The 3 things you must do to catch an agent's eye

How to Name Your Book: Insights on Titling Strategies From a Corporate Namer

Introducing The Savanah Project

How to say "memoir" without saying "memoir" in your book's subtitle

Get shorty: The tight novel trend is here

How do you write about medical topics without clinical language?

American exceptionalism is going to kill us all

How (and why) I hold voice auditions for my main characters

Books for Dads (plus a giveaway!)

Is ChatGPT your summer intern?

Let your freak flag fly...

Should you start a Substack? 5 tips before you launch

Do you want to see me build out a memoir with someone?

Introducing the book titling strategy that sells like wildfire

The top 6 things you need to build (and maintain) an author platform.

Summer reading list + a giveaway bonanza

Opening Pages Week 6: Delivering on your query letter from paragraph one

Opening Pages Intensive Week 5: It's Subscriber Feedback Friday!

On Notes and a new open call for pages

Opening Pages Intensive Week 4: Using voice effectively

Introducing "The Heart of It" writing retreats!

Can you be a good mom and a great writer?

Opening Pages Intensive - Week 3 - The one thing you shouldn't start a manuscript without

Time for a check in

Opening Pages - Subscriber workshops Part 1

Opening Pages Intensive: Week 1, part 2

Opening Pages Intensive: Week 1

Nailing your manuscript's opening: Introducing our opening pages intensive!

Friday Job Board

Sex with Jonathan Franzen

Blurb writing etiquette

In a world (inside a world)

How important is an email subject line?

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Give peace a chance

Don't write every day

Friday job board

How many agent rejections should I stomach before giving up?

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How to get your book reviewed