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Learning Your Audience: The Benefits of Submitting to Literary Journals, Grants, and Residencies (Even If You Don’t Get In!)

by Rachael Warecki

Two years ago, I decided I needed to focus my submission process. I’d received acceptances from some wonderful journals, but I’m ambitious as hell and I wanted to take my writing and submission goals to the next level. 1,034 more words

Closing The Gap

Writing for the audience of…me.

Days before Sunwielder first hit the press in 2014, my publisher emailed me a question. “Sunwielder has a little of everything: war, romance, love, friendship, violence, and humor. 398 more words


People Who "Don't Read" Aren't Worth Your Time

How do you get people to read who claim they “don’t read”?

I have struggled with this question for a long time. As someone who grew up reading dozens of books every year, it has always amazed me that my younger brother just isn’t a reader. 689 more words

Meg Dowell

Your Audience Has a Problem. They Need Your Help

Every person who views content online has their own reasons for it. A lot of times, your readers will have a problem they’re trying to solve. 581 more words

Meg Dowell

How to Show Your YA Readers You Respect Their Intelligence

(For the purpose of this post, if you don’t have any readers yet, imagine you have them. A lot of then.)

Your readers are smart. When they’re searching for books to read outside of school, they want to read stories that are entertaining, intriguing and mentally stimulating. 609 more words

Meg Dowell

Use mindfulness to improve your writing.

I’m a big fan of mindfulness and meditation to bring some calm order to my otherwise chaotic life –  but there’s a problem. Meditation is all about bringing yourself back to your present reality so that you can fully engage in life as it happens – and writing, especially if I’m writing in a voice that’s not my own, is all about imagination and fantasy. 513 more words