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Are You Good Enough to Write a Book?

Pub Date: Dec 2, 2014 | Columnist: William Kowalski

Meet our new monthly columnist, award-winning author William Kowalski! This article is reprinted with permission from the book: WRITING FOR FIRST-TIME NOVELISTS, Practical Thoughts on the Creative Craft,  by William Kowalski © 2014  BEFORE YOU START   Am I a good enough writer to write a book? No. You’re not. What? How dare I say that Read more »

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Travel Writing – 2014

Pub Date: Dec 1, 2014

Travel Writing by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro  December 2014 Watch for her insights every month on Authorlink “…instead of a publication having a paid stable of writers, they do use freelancers, which open opportunities.” —SHAPIRO It’s different than you think, Michael Luengo, tells us in his article The Trials and Triumphs of Travel Writing (ASJA Monthly, Read more »

Dawn Barclay

What Makes the Possibility of Rejection Worth It In Your life?

Pub Date: Oct 31, 2014

  by Dawn Barclay,Living Moxie Coach Authorlink Guest Columnist I was speaking to friend (a business coach) the other evening who shared she’d poured her heart and soul in her recent newsletter, and she had a couple of unsubscribes. She was devastated. She skipped over the part that she also had a large amount of replies from people who took time Read more »

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Map-Making as a Metaphor for Writing – 2014

Pub Date: Oct 31, 2014

Map-Making as a Metaphor for Writing by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro  November 2014 Watch for her insights every month on Authorlink “Writing is an act of exploration—searching, premeditated or unconscious, disciplined or off-the-top-of-your-head.” —SHAPIRO Maps (these days GPS’s) help people figure out where they are and where they are going. When you look at a map, Read more »

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Digging Up a Plot — 2014

Pub Date: Sep 30, 2014

  Digging Up a Plot by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro  October 2014 Watch for her insights every month on Authorlink “A lot of violent plot points can happen in a fairy tale.” —SHAPIRO As kids, we began reading stories that ended “they lived happily ever after.” Think about it. Even if Red Riding Hood and her Read more »

Alexandra Monir, Columnist

Starting a New Manuscript — 2014

Pub Date: Sep 30, 2014

  Starting a New Manuscript by Alexandra Monir  October 2014 Authorlink proudly welcomes this Randomhouse author as one of our regular columnists! “Luckily, my past three books have taught me some helpful tools for drafting . . .” —MONIR Starting a new novel, whether you’re an established or aspiring author, always comes with the same Read more »

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

Creating Sock-O Characters – 2014

Pub Date: Aug 29, 2014

  by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro  September 2014 Watch for her insights every month on Authorlink “The character must be active, not passive, in changing his fate.” —SHAPIRO You’re going to have to hang out with your characters for maybe 10-400 pages, so they had better have personalities that interest you. That doesn’t mean they have Read more »

Lisa Dale Norton

Dreams Do Come True – 2014

Pub Date: Aug 29, 2014

Lisa Dale Norton   Dreams Do Come True-2014 Republished from Lisa’s August 8, 2013 article, and as relevant today as then September, 2014   I don’t know if you read the recent New York Times editorial about the Irish civil servant, Donal Ryan, who wrote two novels, submitted them to agents and publishers, got 47 rejections over three years, and Read more »

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro

A Gathering: Creating an Anthology — 2014

Pub Date: Jul 31, 2014

    A Gathering: Creating an Anthology by Rochelle Jewel Shapiro  August 2014 Watch for her insights every month on Authorlink “If you publish the work of others, you get a much wider readership.” —Shapiro Putting together an anthology of poetry, stories, or nonfiction, can be a great way of putting your foot in a Read more »

Susan Mary Malone

3 Lessons From the Traditional-Publishing Model — 2014

Pub Date: Jul 31, 2014

  3 Lessons From the Traditional-Publishing Model(And how those can help you) by Susan Mary Malone, Columnist August 2014 “. . . we can learn a good deal from what Traditional publishing has gotten right. . . “ —MALONE More and more writers intend to self-publish, although many still shoot for the traditional-publishing goal. But Read more »