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A tale of two book releases

For an author, nothing compares to your own book release — though seeing a friend get published comes awfully close!

This year, I’ve had the privilege of watching two of my peers reach the finish line with their respective literary ventures. 636 more words


How Not to be Boring: 8 Tips for Writers

Be honest. Don’t pretend you know something you don’t, feel something you don’t feel, or are something you’re not. Just be heart-exposingly honest and readers will appreciate it. 479 more words


Guest Post: What Writing Contest Judges Look For

Today award-winning writer Hannah Froggatt delivers a guest post balancing both her experience winning writing contests and judging them. No one has ever pitched a piece to me on this topic, and Hannah has an impressive number of contest wins, so I was immediately drawn to giving her the green light! 744 more words


Repost: #ChillWithABookAward Winning author, Charlene Newcomb talks all things bookish with #ETLBW @charnewcomb @ChillWithABook

Congratulations, Char!  Here is a lovely interview with our Pen in Hand writer, Charlene Newcomb.

…I am delighted to welcome author Charlene Newcomb to the blog this afternoon … Huge congratulations on winning your Chill Award! 28 more words


Thrill of the Quill

The page is blank, the mind is dull—waxen, even—and the day appears bleak, all because the words aren’t flowing, the ideas aren’t cogent, the plot seemingly vaporized, and five o’clock isn’t coming anytime soon. 260 more words


Movement & calm, earth & water: a residency in Iceland

I’ve been in Iceland for one week, and I’m five days into the retreat. My place here was booked last year, when I realised that I would be coming out of contract with publishers and probably panicking about what’s next. 608 more words

A Writer's Life

How to Know When to Give up Submitting a Short Story

You’ve spent weeks perfecting your story.

You’ve fixed every typo, bridged every plot hole, the dialogue sings, and there’s not an unnecessary word in sight. 436 more words