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Advice to Writers: Be Determined and Stay in the Game

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My tenth novel will be published in September. I began writing it more than four years ago. The delay in its publication is mostly due to the fact that I parted ways with my former literary agent as well as my former publisher. When I broke ranks with them I knew I was taking a risk: unless you are incredibly successful and have a stellar track record, it’s difficult to begin again in mid-career. Going out on my own actually turned out to be a lot more difficult than I realized. Part of this was coming to terms with the fact that the publishing business has more and more become like the movie business. I’ve said this before in other…

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Wednesday Wisdom Amazing Tips for Writers from the Most Prolific of All Time

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People always ask me what my writing “process” is. If they knew, they wouldn’t believe me, most times it involves just sitting alone and listening to my own thoughts. Rrely does it ever involve me sitting in front of a blank screen on my computer; if I’m typing, it is already written, I am just transcribing the pages in my head. About 90 percent of what I write has been written in my dreams and that is because I spend about 90 percent of my time thinking about writing. My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, most are just random occurrences and rather than keeping my thoughts and opinions about these to myself, I share them with you. Writing…

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Best of 2017: 10 Gift Ideas for the Reader or Writer in Your Life

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There’s nothing quite like sharing a book or a story with someone you know will understand and love it, the same way that you do. This commonality is what inspires book clubs, newsletters, fan sites, blogs, podcasts, and so much more, all centered on reading and writing. But one of the best things about being in a community of people who love books as much as you, are the presents book lovers give to one another. There’s really no better time than the present to get ahead on your holiday shopping. Here’s a list of 2017’s best gift ideas for the readers and writers in your life! Literary Quote Tote Bag  Okay, we can all say it: books are heavy. But for some reason,…

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Tips You Need to Know in Time for NaNoWriMo

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It’s almost November 1st, and for thousands of writers across the world that only means one thing: it’s time for NaNoWriMo! Short for National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo challenges authors to try and finish an entire novel throughout November. The goal is to produce 50,000 words by the end of the month, kick-starting the writing process in an organized and immersive way. Writing a book is never easy, and it’s certainly not any easier to cram it all into just 4 weeks. But NaNoWriMo isn’t necessarily about creating a perfect draft – it’s about making your writing a priority and finally diving headlong into a big project. The month-long event has only grown and grown over the years, swelling up…

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#WednesdayWisdom for Writers from Some of the Most Prolific Writers of All Time

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People always ask me what my writing “process” is. If they knew, they wouldn’t believe me, most times it involves just sitting alone and listening to my own thoughts. Rrely does it ever involve me sitting in front of a blank screen on my computer; if I’m typing, it is already written, I am just transcribing the pages in my head. About 90 percent of what I write has been written in my dreams and that is because I spend about 90 percent of my time thinking about writing. My inspiration comes from a variety of sources, most are just random occurrences and rather than keeping my thoughts and opinions about these to myself, I share them with you. Writing…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Author Shannon Baker Talks About her Childhood and a Special Character in Her Books

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Writer’s Bone Podcast, hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy, gives insight into the world of writing and sheds light on some of your favorite writers every week! On this latest episode, Shannon Baker talks about her childhood and a special character in her novels.  This week, Daniel Ford sat down with Shannon Baker, beloved author of Dark Signal and Stripped Bare. She spoke about telling herself stories when she went to bed as a kid, how much of herself ends up in her main character Kate Fox, and being named 2017 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Shannon Baker is the author of the Kate Fox Mystery series as well as the Nora Abbott mystery series. She is currently a…

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Adapting One Historical Novel to Another: How to Make It Work

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. We’ve all been there: We read a novel, and wonder “How did the author do that?!” Sophfronia Scott has written just such a novel. Her book Unforgivable Love is a retelling of Dangerous Liaisons that will enchant and entertain readers with its historical flair. Here, she tells Bookish readers just how she went about adapting the original. Ideas are a dime a dozen—they exist in multitudes and any creative thinker knows there is no shortage of good ideas. Still there’s a fascination with ideas and they are considered scarce—that’s why authors consistently get asked how they found the idea for their latest work. But the idea is only the beginning. Two writers can start…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: Hap and Leonard Creator Joe R. Lansdale Explains the Art of Showing Up

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Writer’s Bone Podcast brings readers up close and personal with some of their favorite authors. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy sit with author Joe R. Lansdale and discuss the ‘art of showing up.’ Joe R. Lansdale, Hap and Leonard creator and author of Rusty Puppy and Cold in July, makes his Writer’s Bone podcast debut! Lansdale talks to Sean Tuohy about how East Texas influences his work, not always realizing the “ah ha” moments when they happen, and why half the battle for writers is showing up. To learn more about Joe R. Lansdale, visit his official website, like his Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter @joelansdale. Also read Sean’s first interview with the author. Be a BookTrib Ambassador!  Sign up NOW for our weekly newsletter        …

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Friday Morning Coffee Podcast: ‘Light the Dark’ Editor Joe Fassler

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BookTrib.com recently added Writer’s Bone to our weekly features. Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy have been bringing us weekly podcasts of discussions they have with writers about the craft of writing and what motivates them to tell a good story. Today, you can enjoy a Friday Morning Coffee podcast featuring Joe Fassler.  Today, Joe Fassler sits down with the Writer’s Bone own Caitlin Malcuit for an episode of Friday Morning Coffee. Faster is best known as the editor for Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process, a reporter/essayist for The Atlantic’s “By Heart” series, and his covering of politics and economics of the American food system as senior editor for The New Food Economy.  Today, he talks writers and creativity in a brand…

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Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them: Advice for Writers of Fantasy

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Where do you get your news? If you’re like me, it’s a combo of Twitter, Colbert, and as little TV as I can get away with. (And then, the shower-crying.) As we continue to build and populate our fantasy world, it’s worth thinking about where your beekeepers, wenches, and princesses get their information. Does your agrarian worker’s paradise have the internet? (Trick question: by definition paradise has no internet.) Is your steampunk city (so many gears!) equipped with a brass and glass version of telephones? Does your underwater domed kingdom communicate with its neighbors by courier-fish? As always, that’s one of the pleasures of a DIY world–there aren’t any wrong answers. However, there must be answers. (And some of them will…

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Introducing the ‘Book Tour with John Grisham’ Podcast, Featuring Interviews with Beloved Authors!

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If you are an avid fan of the beloved author John Grisham, here’s some exciting news for you: we are sharing the podcast he is recording on his Book Tour where he invites readers and fans alike to listen to what other authors have in store, his current works, and so much more. Grisham has been putting great focus on his new novel Camino Island, a fiction novel about a stolen F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript on the black market. Because a book tour like this hasn’t happened in 25 years, it is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from some of your favorite authors, from David Grann, Ann Patchett, Jodi Picoult, and Harlan Coben, to Greg Isles, Lisa Scottoline, Ace…

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Hemingway to Capote: Watching Our Favorite Writers Come to Life On-Screen

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Writers have a long history of showing up as characters in films. Sometimes those writers are real people interacting with history (like Hemingway!), and sometimes they’re made up characters, showing us exactly how Hollywood imagines the concept of the writer. Regardless, these writers usually have certain traits in common: they’re often tortured by their art, they prefer to be isolated from society in some way, and they LOVE whiskey. Of course, these are broad generalizations, and sometimes we do see writers who are mentally stable, well adjusted, and finding success without also finding a drinking problem – though it’s admittedly pretty rare. But no matter how a writer is portrayed, we’re always happy to see them on the screen. It…

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 128: From Page to Stage — Interview with Alexia Vernon

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This week, Gabriela Pereira interviews author, speaker, and thought leader Alexia Vernon. In this episode, Alexia shares insights about writers who can use speaking to make a positive impact on the world. At the end of the episode, Gabriela also unveils an exciting contest, with an opportunity for two lucky writers to be her guest at Alexia Vernon’s Spotlight MasterTreat, a retreat-meets-mastermind program for women thought leaders. For more detailed show notes go to DIYMFA.com/128, and if you want to attend an exclusive webinar with Gabriela and Alexia next week, hop over to DIYMFA.com/YST-Webinar and sign up.

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DIY MFA Radio Episode 109: Build Buzz Around Your Book – Interview with M.J. Rose

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This episode begins our collaboration with DIY MFA Radio, a podcast for readers and writers. In this episode, Gabriela Pereira talks with bestselling author M.J. Rose about how to build buzz around your book. Rose shares her insights about book promotion and the best time to bring in an expert to market your book. She also speaks to the etiquette involved with approaching other authors on social media, and reveals the best thing writers can do to market their own books. For more detailed show notes, visit DIYMFA.com/109.  

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Author Paul Lisicky Answers One Question about ‘The Narrow Door’

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You are your own worst critic, but friends can be a close second. They know you better than most, aside from parents but even that can be up for debate. Going through a particularly rough time as a post-grad living in a new city where I know practically no one, I picked up Paul Lisicky’s The Narrow Door (Graywolf Press, January 19, 2016), a memoir about two relationships: one romantic, the other platonic. Lisicky weaves the narratives of life as a writer alongside his good friend and colleague Denise Gess and his troubled relationship with his ex-husband, poet Mark Doty. I highly recommend this fabulous book that so genuinely depicts the trials and selfish tribulations friendships evoke in us. Given…

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Top 5 Jon Stewart Author Interviews on The Daily Show

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Jon Stewart’s exit from The Daily Show this week isn’t just a loss for television viewers, but for book lovers as well. We challenge all talk show hosts left in his wake to do what he has done for books: not just to promote them, but to celebrate them and their authors as a vital part of our culture. Authors of best-selling and notable books have been a staple of the late-night talk show for as long as the format has existed. From Johnny Carson to Dick Cavett to Tom Snyder to David Letterman to Seth Meyers, talk-show hosts have welcomed authors, injecting a little intellectual discussion between interviews with vapid celebrities hawking their latest blockbuster film. It was Jon…

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