by Carly Hayward

Taking a break is one of the most important steps when it comes to writing a book. It can be a struggle to step away from your book after the first, second, or even third draft, but it is imperative that you do. As hard as it can be to step away, the benefits are completely worth...

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by Carly Hayward

The sensitivity reader is somewhat of a newcomer in the publishing industry. They are the person you call when you need to step outside of your comfort zone in your manuscript, and when you want to ensure characters are authentic and well-rounded.

Fiction writers are often enc...

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by Laura Dennison

At long last, you’ve done it. You’ve written your novel. You’ve slugged your way though some 80,000 words and consumed approximately 80,000 cups of coffee in the process. When you’re stuck in a traffic jam on the way home from work, you have conversations with your chara...

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By Carly Hayward

“Write drunk, editor sober” is a famous quote with dubious origins. While it is difficult to assign credit to the quote, its message is clear. Writing requires the author to get their creative juices flowing, to awaken their muse, no matter how they do it. But editing require...

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by Kim Alexander

(This post was originally written for ITW's The Thrill Begins, replublished with permission)

It seemed like such a good idea.

Forbes agreed, and if a company is profiled in Forbes, am I going to argue? I saw the ad for Booktrope on Twitter; they were accepting unagented sub...

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By Carly Bornstein-Hayward

So you have a great idea for your next novel, but you're struggling to write it. Need some motivation? Writing coaching might be your answer! And now, by popular demand, I'm offering it as a new service (woohoo!).

Writing Coaching: This is for authors that have a s...

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By Carly Bornstein-Hayward

So, you are writing a novel. As everyone will tell you (including me), you need to have it developmentally edited. But you know what sucks? It can cost a lot of money. Not everyone has that kind of money to put into a book without the promise of a return. Trust me, I ge...

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